A hotbed of artisan produce, Peebles is fast becoming a foodie haven, with a mouth-watering mix of top-quality restaurants, hotels, food markets and specialist stores – not to mention tempting local micro-breweries. Here’s a suggested itinerary for how to tickle your taste buds in and around the town:
Friday evening: Arrive at the Horseshoe Inn, an atmospheric former coaching inn on the outskirts of Peebles that is now one of the Borders’ premier restaurants with rooms. With just 10 tables in the restaurant, the focus is on treating a small number of guests VERY well indeed. Do ask about their special breaks – not least a wonderful gourmet weekend that includes a chauffeur-driven foodie tour of the Borders.
A nearby, and equally interesting, alternative is Cringletie House, a former Scottish baronial castle and now boutique hotel set in extensive grounds. Winner of the AA Hotel of the Year 2014, the restaurant at Cringletie offers one of the finest dining experiences in the Borders and is a perfect gourmet getaway. Cringletie is offering a special Australian Winemaker’s Dinner on Friday 7th November in collaboration with Villeneuve Wines.
And for a rather different dining experience on a later Friday, you could always try the hugely-popular Fawlty Towers night at the Tontine, Peebles (28 Nov). Expect an excellent two-course festive dinner, plus entertainment courtesy of Tweed Theatre.
Saturday: Love craft beers? Then be sure to visit the well-established brewery at Traquair House, or seek out the tasty craft ales being produced by one of Peebles’ newest ventures – the Freewheelin’ Brewery Co based at South Park on the south side of the River Tweed. Freewheelin’ craft brews can be found at Villeneuve Wines and elsewhere. The brewery will also be producing a special limited edition IPA for an international mountain biking conference coming to Peebles in November.
Also at South Park is the renowned Cocoa Black Chocolate and Pastry School, run by Ruth Hinks, UK World Chocolate Master. Budding chocolatiers and home-baking enthusiasts can book onto one of Ruth’s chocolate classes or pastry courses (ranging from a couple of hours to several days).
Sunday: Work up an appetite with a stroll along the Tweed (the Manor Sware circuit comes particularly recommended) followed by lunch at Osso on Peebles High Street, or head out to Kailzie Restaurant (see Related Offers) in the beautiful setting of Kailzie Gardens. Both are multiple recipients of the prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand. The Sunflower Restaurant in Peebles is another long-time local favourite.
If the weather is fine – which of course it will be! – you could even grab some supplies for a picnic from Coltman’s Deli & Kitchen, perhaps adding some chocolate goodies from the nearby Cocoa Black coffee shop and a bottle of something from the excellent Villeneuve Wines.
P.S. Every Saturday (9am-3pm), you can also buy fabulous local produce from the Peebles Local Food Market on the High Street, just in front of the Eastgate Theatre.