The Mainstreet Trading Company

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A68, Junction St Boswells; 1 minute


Tues-Sat 9am-5.30pm (café 5pm)
Sun 11am-4.30pm (café 4pm)

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    Dog friendly

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    Kid friendly

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    Disabled access

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    Free WiFi for visitors

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    Vegetarian or vegan options

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    Gluten-free options

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    Parking available onsite

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    Recycling/sustainability practices


A magical combination of books, gifts and food, and winner of Britain’s Best Small Shop, The Mainstreet Trading Company should be factored into every journey through this part of the Borders. Make time to browse the fabulous bookshop, then refuel on the food that draws inspiration from the recipe books on its shelves; there’s always a featured Cookbook of the Moment. Try the tomato, cumin and fig soup, a pastrami and leek jam sandwich or something equally tasty from their seasonal specials. Cakes are all baked in-house and the gluten-free Tunisian cake is particularly good. The café is dog- and child-friendly: we loved the understairs book burrow for kids where they can listen to audio books among piles of cushions.

In the courtyard out the back, a former barn has been developed to add a home shop and deli. The shop, in the old wine cellar, is stacked to the rafters with woven baskets, enamelware, French soaps and beautifully illustrated stationery; while the deli stocks all manner of goodies from independent food producers, with cheese the star of the show.

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The Mainstreet Trading Company,
Main Street, St Boswells,
Tel - 01835 824087
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