Café, Bookshop and Deli
A68, Junction St Boswells; 1 minute
Tues-Sat 9am-5.30pm (café 5pm)
Sun 11am-4.30pm (café 4pm)
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
A magical combination of books, gifts and food, and a previous winner of Britain’s Best Small Shop, The Mainstreet Trading Company (books, café, deli and home) should feature in every journey via the Borders. Browse the fabulous bookshop before refuelling on dishes inspired by the recipe books it stocks - something from the 'Cookbook of the Moment', perhaps.
Baking happens in-house and the gluten-free Tunisian cake is particularly good. Try the tomato, cumin and fig soup, a pastrami and leek-jam sandwich or an equally tasty seasonal special. We loved the understairs book burrow where kids can listen to audio books among piles of cushions.
In the courtyard at the back a former barn has been reimagined. The shop, in the old wine cellar, is stacked to the rafters with woven baskets, enamelware, French soaps and beautiful stationery. The deli is an Aladdin's cave of taste from local and indie food producers; the cheese is the star of the show.
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