A68, Junction St Boswells; 0 minutes
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
You’ll be instantly restored by the gardens alone at the Buccleuch Arms. The classic coaching inn sits on the roadside between Edinburgh and Newcastle and is a terrific place to break the journey. It has the feel of a welcoming country home with its run of spacious, tastefully decorated rooms, stoked fires and comfy corners to flop into.
The Blue Coo Bistrot restaurant has a more modern air with wooden floors, blue-painted panelling and an oversized basket of logs to feed the crackling wood burner. Tables in the bar are dog-friendly and informal, and there’s a small play area in the garden for kids.
The menu is a triumph of local produce and is similar in the Bistrot and the Bar. Dishes are often created with ingredients foraged from the hedgerows or reared in the fields nearby: damsons, crab apples, venison, partridge and the speciality, Aberdeen Angus steaks. Owners Billy and Rachael are of farming stock and ardent supporters of local suppliers.