If you’ve ever been in town for Melrose Sevens, you’ll know that supporting your favourite rugby team all day can really work up an appetite. It’s just as well there are plenty of fabulous restaurants and eateries to choose from in the area, with cuisines designed to cater to most tastes.
Below I’ve put together four of the best Melrose 7s eateries, all of which are within walking distance of the Greenyards.
I’ve picked the following restaurants not just because of their locations, but also because they all pride themselves on using fresh, quality local produce.
If you’re looking for award-winning Italian cuisine, Monte Cassino is the place to be. You’ll find this charming family-owned traditional restaurant at the Old Railway Station in Melrose.
You’ll find the menu is quite varied, with regularly updated daily specials using only the finest ingredients. My personal favourites are the amazing ravioli and the traditional Italian pizza.
The ‘open view’ kitchen means you can watch your meal being cooked in an authentic Italian style, which is always a nice touch as you can see everything is made fresh.
Antonio and his team of friendly staff get lots of local support, and always endeavour to cater to your needs and make your dining experience one to remember.
Owned and run by an award-winning husband and wife team, Russell’s has a great reputation for deli-style delights along freshly baked cakes and scones.
This eatery also caters to specific dietary requirements (such as vegan, gluten-free etc.) so you’ll be sure to find a treat you can enjoy along with your fine tea or coffee.
You can also choose from a selection of locally-sourced home cooked meats, fresh and smoked salmon along with daily Chef’s Specials.
The Bistro Bar at Burt’s Hotel
Just a few minutes’ walk from Greenyards, Burt’s Hotel is a family-owned business that has been running for over 40 years, and its restaurant The Bistro Bar is a firm favourite for locals.
The Bistro Bar offers excellent cuisine to suit just about every taste, including a mouth-watering butternut and pomegranate soup, but I just can’t pass on the delicious haddock and chips – the fish is caught locally at Eyemouth.
You’ll also find a wide selection of cask-conditioned ales and a wide array of different wines available to order by the glass.
For more information, check out their restaurant menu. I can also personally vouch for the receptionist!
The Town House
And last but not least, the Town House in Melrose is one of the most warm and friendliest places to dine, from the same owners of Burt’s Hotel; the Henderson family.
You’ll find the Town House directly opposite Burt’s, and prides itself on being a hotel with ‘a bit of a twist’. Relax in the ambient colour scheme and stylish surroundings with a glass of wine or wee dram.
The food itself is excellent, and just like Burt’s, caters to almost every taste using fresh, locally-sourced produce whenever possible. For more information on exactly what’s on offer, take a look at the online menu.
Whether you’re here for the Melrose Sevens or just a relaxing weekend away from all your stresses, you’ll be spoilt for choice with so many examples of sumptuous cuisines to choose from.
It doesn’t matter if your tastebuds crave traditional Scottish fare, award-winning Italian cooking, or fabulous deli-style delights, you’ll be sure to find it all here in Melrose. Enjoy!