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If you are a producer of Food and Drink based in the Scottish Borders - or a hotel, restaurant, retailer or cafe  - you may be interested in joining us? You can download details of the money-saving benefits and an application form on the ABOUT US/Membership page on this website (see the Menu above).  If you have any queries, please email:

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A WARM WELCOME TO NEW NETWORK MEMBERS

TRAQUAIR HOUSE & BREWERY - Innerleithen

 

BREAD MATTERS - Lamancha

 

CLOUDHOUSE CAFE & GALLERY - Stow

 

PEELHAM FARM - Foulden

 

TEVIOT GAME FARE SMOKERY - Eckford

 

HAMMOND CHARCUTERIE - Eyemouth

 

CURLY COO TABLET - Kelso

 

FIREBRICK BRASSERIE - Lauder

 

JR EVENTS & SALES - Stow

 

THE TONTINE HOTEL - Peebles

 

KINGSMUIR HOUSE - Peebles

 

KIKI'S CHOCOLATES - Coldingham

 

CHAPTERS BISTRO - Gattonside

 

FLOORS CASTLE TERRACE CAFE - Kelso

 

HAMMOND CHARCUTERIE - Eyemouth

 

J. WADDELL & SON (FISH) - Eyemouth

 

You will find descriptions and full contact details for our new Network members in the Who Makes It? and Who Sells It? areas of this website

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Taste the Scottish Borders

Why not treat yourself or your family to a sensational local meal made from fabulous Scottish Borders produce?

The Scottish Borders is a land of rolling hills, farmland and rugged coast, and the area produces some of the most delicious food in the country. You can sample it at one of the many excellent pubs, cafes and hotels listed on this website, but if eating at home is more your thing, then why not have your own celebration using some of the stunning produce available from the Scottish Borders Food Network members listed on this website?

 

Scottish Borders Food Network members all have a commitment to producing, using and showcasing the world class food which comes from this stunning part of Scotland. You can find out more about the producers, places to eat local food, and Farmers Markets in the area by clicking on the links above or on the left.



GIACOPAZZI’S – EYEMOUTH’S FAMOUS ICE CREAM MAKERS - WIN MORE NATIONAL HONOURS

 

AN EYEMOUTH ice cream maker’s zest for success has been rewarded with a national award – for his exceptional, refeshing sorbet lemon.

 

Peter Giacopazzi and his nephew Somers, who run Giacopazzi's ice cream parlour on the town’s harbourside, returned home from the recent National Ice Cream Competition in Harrogate with the Silver Challenge Cup for their sorbet.

The pair enjoyed a double success in the contest run by The Ice Cream Alliance, the trade body for the UK’s £1bn ice cream industry, by also scooping a gold medal for their frozen yoghurt.

Three years ago the business won the ultimate accolade of Britain's champion ice cream maker.

 

“It’s wonderful to gain recognition at a national level by winning these awards especially when we are competing against the best ice cream makers in the UK,” said Peter.

 

He said a key ingredient in the firm’s sorbet was the Amalfi lemon, a succulent fruit which grows on the hills around Sorrento and is widely regarded by cooks as the prince among lemons.

The Giacopazzi family have never lost touch with their Italian roots, although they’ve been in Eyemouth since 1898 when founder Lorenzo Giacopazzi arrived from Italy en route to America.

He decided to stay in the small fishing village instead of continuing his journey and set up in business doing what he knew best – making ice cream. Peter aims to bring the same love and passion to his craft as Lorenzo did more than a century ago.

 

“Customers are attracted from far and wide by the quality and original flavours of the ice cream and sorbet, which is made fresh each day on the premises,” said Peter.

 

Zelica Carr, Chief Executive Officer of The Ice Cream Alliance, said: “Giacopazzi's high reputation and its success in the latest contest are well deserved. Their ice creams are outstanding.”

 

Peter Giacopazzi can be contacted on 018907 50317

 

Further information on The Ice Cream Alliance can be obtained at www.ice-cream.org

LOOK - OUR NUMBERS ARE GROWING!

 

As well as those new members to the Network listed on the left of our homepage - we would like to welcome those Scottish Borders food and drink businesses very recently joined!  A growing group of producers, chefs, restaurants and specialist shops committed to offering the highest quality and best experience of local food - browse the website for full details of what is on offer and where to find it:

 

CHEF ALAN REIDStow

WINDLESTRAWWalkerburn

THOMAS & ETHEL TEAROOM - Earlston

HORSESHOE RESTAURANT WITH ROOMS - Eddleston, near Peebles

CRINGLETIE - Peebles

TURNBULL'SHawick and Galashiels

 

 

SCOTTISH BORDERS COMPANIES ENJOY RESOUNDING SUCCESS AT

THE 2016 SPECIALITY FOOD SHOW IN GLASGOW

 

Born in the Borders, The Juicy Meat Company, Giacopazzi's Ice Cream, Curly Coo Tablet and Cuddybridge Apple Juice have been participating at the annual, national Speciality Food and Drink Show at Glasgow's SECC - a prestigious trade fair where buyers come to source new products.  The Borders is well known and highly regarded for it's producers and the companies have had a wonderful reception and great sales for their craft beer, farm-reared meats, ice creams, confectionery and fruit juices.  Particularly pleased is Graham Stoddart, proprietor of Cuddybridge who was selected for a Highly Commended Award for his Apple and Sea Buckthorn freshly pressed juice, in the Drinks Category.  Well done to all these companies - you can find out more about each of them and their individual products in the Who Makes It? section of this website.

LOOK !   A BRAND NEW SET OF FOOD AND DRINK TRAIL LEAFLETS - including the Borders Railway route

 

A great new set of Food and Drink Trails to guide you around shops, hotels, cafe's and direct you to producers across the Scottish Borders, from Peebles to Eyemouth.   Pocket size to keep in the car or your bag, so they are always handy.  Available to pick up FREE in venues across the region - OR - click on the Food Trails and Recipes tab at the top of this page to download the trails and other items as pdf's.

We hope you will enjoy the journey!

 

SCOTTISH BORDERS FOOD & DRINK DIRECTORY

Newly launched and FREE to pick up and take home!


A 32 page guide to over 90 Scottish Borders food and drink producers, suppliers, cafes and restaurants - PLUS great recipes to try, features and delightful images. Borders Food and Drink have worked in conjunction with Borders Events to produce this brilliant guide - anywhere you would normally pick up your copy of 'What's On', you will find a copy of the Directory.  If you are not in the area to find a copy - you can also download from this site by going to Food Trails and Recipes by clicking on the tab above


Circulation enquiries to: info@borderevents.com
Food and Drink Network enquiries to: info@bordersfodonetwork.co.uk

 

Enjoy the Directory and we hope it will lead you to trying lots of new food and drink from the Scottish Borders - and eating out at some of our great hotels, restaurants and cafes.

 

HAVE YOU VISITED THE NEW RUTHERFORDS MICROPUB ON KELSO'S TOWN SQUARE?

 

Rutherford's is Scotland's very first micropub - the perfect antidote to modern life.  Find out more by visiting the 'Who Sells It? page - Eastern Borders.

Ooft! have just been awarded a Gold Star in the 2015 Great Taste Awards - this is what the judges said:

" A smooth sauce with an initial sweetness on the tongue then a rapidly rising heat. Good depth of flavour with the fruitiness of the Scotch Bonnet following through." 

 

Find out more about Ooft! and their delicious Hot Sauce on the 'Who Makes It? pages.....

HAVE YOU TRIED CHAPTERS BISTRO IN GATTONSIDE - NEAR MELROSE?

 

Roger and Bea took over Chapters in April 2015.  This informal restaurant is a ten minute walk from Melrose over the picturesque chain bridge, in the centre of Gattonside village.

Choose from a selection of fresh fish from Eyemouth or excellent Scottish Border beef and lamb, all sourced locally.  Everything is made on the premises -  bread, ice creams, shortbread, oatcakes.    Also on the menu are Roger's own-cured meats and fish.  The ingredients are always in season, from the daily caught fish to vegetables and fruit brought in by the local greengrocers.  There is a set menu with 2 courses at £13.45 as well as a Staples Menu where you can choose from different options including char-grilled meat, poultry, game and fish as well as an always changing Specials Blackboard.  There really is something for everyone!

Chapters

Main Street, Gattonside, Melrose TD6 9NP

Tel: 01896 823217

CONGRATULATIONS!
Born in the Borders has won the Scottish Sourcing Category of the 2015
Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards

Discover the very best of the Borders … all in one place Born in the Borders is an extraordinary new visitor centre located next to the Scottish Borders Brewery.  Set on the banks of the River Teviot at Lanton, near Jedburgh, it bring brings together the best of everything that is grown, made, spun, produced, cooked and created in the area. With two shops, a stunning cafe and restaurant, riverside walks, picnic spots and brewery tours, there’s no better way to discover the incredible wealth of products and goods that our amazing region has to offer. 

The Borders, with its wealth of cereal, sheep and beef farming, its wonderful seafish from Eyemouth and its plentiful game, has long been known as the breadbasket of Scotland. But recent years have also seen a host of new producers springing up to take advantage of these amazing natural ingredients.

From bread-makers to charcuterie creators, and from cheese-makers to brewers, the Borders is now awash with delicious artisan produce. And you can find it all in our delightful food and drink shop.

Whether you’re looking for honey from bees that forage on the stunning Cheviot hills, butter churned the old-fashioned way from a herd of Jerseys near Kelso, amazing marsh mallows flavoured with gin and whisky from Minto, or melt-in-the-mouth sour dough bread from Ford & Etal, we can guide you through the wealth of food and drink the region has to offer, as well as offering regular tastings and producer events.

 

www.bornintheborders.com

 

 

The Wheatsheaf at Swinton

You can find out more about this award winning hotel and restaurant via the Who Sells It? pages on this website - just click on Eastern.....and it will take you there!

KELSO FARMERS MARKET - held every 4th Saturday of every month - a great place to try and buy locally produced foods and drink.  Read more about the market on the Who Sells It? page of this website - click the tab above and go to Eastern Borders.


PEEBLES FARMERS MARKET 

 

The Farmers Market runs every Saturday from 10 am until 3 pm with an array of fresh and unique local produce available to try and to buy - direct from the makers.  You will find the Farmers Market on the High Street outside the Eastgate Theatre (where you can also get a good cup of coffee or tea!).

 

 

Scottish Borders - a traditional larder

Robert Burns spoke of southern Scotland as a ‘land o’ cakes’ - his reference was not to any sweet confection but plain oatcakes and barley bannocks, baked on an iron girdle over the fire. Wheat wasn’t really grown in the Borders until the late18th century, as oats and barley were more reliable crops -  so wheat flour for bread was a later introduction to daily fare.

Whilst we still enjoy oatcakes today, the barley bannock has now disappeared. It was made by heating milk with a knob of butter and a pinch of salt, adding the barley flour until it swelled into a pliable dough. The bannock was baked until thin and crispy, with a slightly moist centre, and eaten hot.

The yeasted wheat Selkirk bannock reputedly made its first appearance around 1859, deliciously incorporating sugar, spices, and dried fruit. Queen Victoria is said to have enjoyed Selkirk bannock on a visit to Abbotsford House in 1867, after which the demand for these succulent, sultana-stuffed breads soared. It endures as a delicious Scottish Borders delicacy – whether eaten fresh or toasted, warmed and spread with butter – or made into a delicious variation of standard bread and butter pudding.

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