M74, Junction 11/12; 3 minutes
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
Cosy and welcoming, in a honeycoloured, slate-roofed building in the heart of the Lanarkshire Estate village of Douglas, The Scrib Tree is an enthusiastic champion of local farm produce and handcrafted gifts. If you’re travelling between Glasgow and the Borders, swing in here for excellent coffee (roasted by hand in Glasgow by the Giambastiani family), great breakfasts, home-baked cakes and delicious lunches. The soups are a particular speciality.
Soak up the sun on the little terrace or eat in the lofty café. Here you can also browse the emporium of fresh produce and crafts – hand-thrown pottery, hand-turned wood and homespun woollens are all made by local artisans. Meat, game and vegetables come from the estate or neighbouring farms. Chefs in the kitchen use the same ingredients so if you’re impressed by the flavour, fill your shopping bag before you leave. Parking is plentiful and it’s worth popping in to Douglas itself – with origins stretching back to medieval times – to visit St Bride’s church whose clock is rumoured to have been a gift from Mary, Queen of Scots.