Places to eat
Delicious local food
Kelso has some excellent local eateries, all within walking distance, that we have sampled ourselves. Our guests get a 10% discount at The Waggon from their food bill. Click on a café or restaurant below to visit their website.
The Cream Chimneys
Locally roasted coffee, Floral teas, light lunches, cakes and scones. Great gifts too.
Hoot ‘n’ Cat
This lovely café resides next to the Abbey car park and offers a wide selection of meals, coffees, teas and snacks. It has a great atmosphere but can get extremely busy. Booking is advised for a Friday or weekend lunch time, but you can usually be accommodated if you book that morning.
Mayfield Garden Centre
This can be found downhill from the Abbey Car Park, near the banks of the River. Along with a variety of gardening and home wares they also have a café where you can enjoy a coffee, great scones a hot or cold lunch menu.
is on Roxburgh Street. This Fair Trade Coffee House and Kitchen has easy access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Great coffee, scrummy cakes and lots of options for those looking for Gluten free, Vegetarian or Vegan food.
Towards the end of Horsemarket. This cafe has been around for decades! Popular for homemade soup, scones and paninis.
Lemon and Thyme Restaurant
Offering locally sourced seafood and game, fine dining 2019 winner of top 100 restaurants in Scotland.
The Waggon Inn
This family friendly restaurant offers a large menu full of variety.
The Cross Keys Hotel
Offers a selection of light meals at lunch and a fantastic evening menu, including light suppers through the week.
The Queens Head Hotel
Whether you simply wish to have a coffee or glass of wine, or indulge yourself trying our lunch menu, there is an abundance of choice.
The Contented Vine
Offers a new style of Mediterranean and Traditional dining experience in the Scottish Borders.
Offers bar lunches and fine dining from steaks to Sunday roasts.
A grand old Georgian building offering everything from Afternoon Tea to AA Rosette dining with fine views overlooking the River Tweed.
Bridge Street Brasserie
Our newest eatery which has had some great reviews. Steaks, mussels, French Onion soup, cocktails and coffee – what’s not to like?
Accreditations and awards
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