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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:
DOWNLOAD COPIES OF OUR SCOTTISH BORDERS FOOD TRAIL MAPS AND NEW RECIPES IDEAS - click on Food Trails & Recipes from the menu above. We have just added a new Western Borders Trail, listing producers in and around Peebles..........
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.
COFFEE LOVER? LOOKING FOR REALLY GREAT COFFEE ROASTED IN THE BORDERS?
Check out Three Hills Coffee recently opened in Maxton, where they roast the finest coffee beans and supply cafes and restaurants around the Borders. Find out more under WHO MAKES IT? Beverages
Cafraemill Hotel provided the perfect setting for our annual general meeting - bringing together food and drink producers, chefs and restaurateurs from the Scottish Borders. It's always good to get together and do a bit of socialising and swapping of news. We were lucky to have some great speakers - Margaret Andrew from SALSA who explained the process of accreditation for small producers who are intending to supply UK buyers. She explained that most large companies such as Sainsbury's won't even meet with producers unless they have this qualification. It's an affordable subscription, straightforward steps to go through and plenty of professional support along the way. Andrew Niven from Scotland's Food & Drink gave a fascinating presentation on trends, such as the current interest by consumers in packaged meals - boxes that are delivered to the door with all the components for a meal, with easy cooking. His colleague Caroline Wengel ran through some of the current initiatives at Scotland's Food & Drink and the valuable help the organisation offers to those in the industry across Scotland. A really stimulating evening! Scottish Borders Food & Drink Network will be continuing the 'roadshow' style meetings at different venues across the region through 2017 - so watch this space and if you would like to join our mailing list, please email your details to: email@example.com
CELEBRATING THE BORDER RAILWAY'S FIRST BIRTHDAY - MEETING THE PUBLIC IN EDINBURGH
SCOTTISH BORDERS FOOD & DRINK DIRECTORY 2016
FREE to pick up and take home!....or to download from this site
A bumper 40 page guide to 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 local company JR Events and Sales to produce this brilliant guide. Pick up a copy in Tourist Information Centres, cafes, shops and venues across the region...... OR for convenience - you can also download a copy from this site by going to Food Trails and Recipes - just click on the tab above.
Food and Drink Network enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
WE ARE CURRENTLY COMPILING THE 2017 DIRECTORY. IF YOU ARE A LOCAL PRODUCER, CAFE OWNER, HOTELIER OR OTHERWISE ASSOCIATED WITH THE FOOD AND DRINK INDUSTRY IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS - FOR A FREE LISTING IN THE ANNUAL PUBLICATION, OR TO ADVERTISE MORE PROMINENTLY - PLEASE CONTACT JEMMA REID FOR DETAILS:
LOOK ! A SET OF FOOD AND DRINK TRAIL LEAFLETS - including the Borders Railway route
We've produced a great 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!
HAVE YOU TRIED SEASONS BISTRO IN GATTONSIDE - NEAR MELROSE?
Roger and Bea took over Chapters in April 2015 and have re-launched under the new name of SEASONS, which reflects their philosophy of food. 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!
Main Street, Gattonside, Melrose TD6 9NP
Tel: 01896 823217
The Scottish Borders Business Forum represents forty-plus associations, enabling industry to speak with one voice within and outwith the region. Its purpose is to give critical mass to the diverse spectrum of Borders businesses, permitting credible dialogue with decision-makers and influence-formers in Newtown St Boswells, Holyrood, Westminster, and other appropriate quarters.
The Forum’s steering group comprises representatives from the key business sectors in the Scottish Borders. They are drawn currently from the Federation of Small Businesses, Chamber of Commerce, Exporters Association, Tourism Partnership, Creative Industries, Construction & Development Industries, NFUS and Education.
For more information about Scottish Borders Business Forum, visit http://www.sbbusinessforum.org
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.