ESCAPE LONDON – Friendly service and lovely rooms at Scotland’s rural Horseshoe restaurant with rooms
The Horseshoe is set in the pretty village of Eddleston, about a 45 minute drive from the stunning city of Edinburgh. Their wonderful hospitality begins from the moment you arrive into the city, as the manager was kind enough to pick us up from the station. Driving through the stunning countryside to the Horseshoe, you appreciate just how beautiful this country is. The hills are rolling, castles can be seen dotted around the landscape and each village you pass through is quaint.
Driving through the stunning countryside to the Horseshoe, you appreciate just how beautiful this country is.
The restaurant is separate from the 8 bedrooms, they are situated in the pretty lodge behind the eaterie. As you enter the restaurant you are met with the wonderful smell of fresh cut flowers and the theme of well thought out detail is carried out throughout. The décor has a homely feel, with beautiful antique furniture, open fireplaces and candle wall lighting to add to the warm glow. The windows are unusually round and frame the walls beautifully. The ceilings are tall and the lovely wooden beams are exposed for you to admire. The dining area is open and two stained glass windows from a local church have been fitted into the wall, an excellent addition to this well presented restaurant.
As you enter the restaurant you are met with the wonderful smell of fresh cut flowers and the theme of well thought out detail is carried out throughout.
The lounge area next to the wooden bar boasts an open fire, comfortable damask sofas, a stunning red and gold Victorian rug, and warm mustard walls. Real candles burn on the coffee tables and the room has a relaxed, romantic feel. The lounge area used to be a blacksmiths, hence the name and the restaurant a separate building. The management don’t just collect you from the airport or train station, they will happily personally show you around the pretty border towns.
The management don’t just collect you from the airport or train station, they will happily personally show you around the pretty border towns.
The bedroom at the Horseshoe is stunning, a lovely warm mixture of gold and cream. The room is a perfect mix of old and new. The bed is divine, a good size, with fluffy pillows, beautiful duck down duvet and the mattress pure comfort. On the side fresh milk, water and delicious homemade fruitcake are provided for you. In the compact bathroom lay locally sourced, handmade organic products from the Scottish border. I am bath girl and sadly there was only a shower, but it was clean and well presented.
Heading to dinner the tables are well presented and the service excellent. The waiters are friendly and the uniforms very Scottish, lovely mustard waistcoats, traditional tartan shirts and tweed jackets. A well thought out touch was designing different menu’s to suit you dietary needs. For us they created one suitable for a vegetarian and another a pescetarian, just another form of the excellent service at the Horseshoe. For the starter my guest opted for the roast cauliflower, cumin and raisins. This delicate dish was sweet to the taste, crunchy and a presented balance of sweet and sour. I chose the Jerusalem artichoke soup, picked Shimeji mushrooms and Trompettes. The soup proved to be fresh and tasty and the pickled mushrooms provided a welcome sharp contract to the soup, just perfect to open the taste buds for the main meal.
Just another form of the excellent service at the Horseshoe.
For the main my guest and I both enjoyed the Crowdie gnocchi, with garden chard, chickpeas and mushrooms. The gnocchi was a little dry, but the vegetables were flavorful and moreish. We could not resist the salted caramel fondant for desert and it was absolutely divine. The fondant melts in your mouth to reveal a delicious caramel centre. Some may think fine dining does not fill you up, but we certainly felt well fed and watered after our tasty meal.
The next town is only 15 mins away, so after our delicious evening of fine dining we headed off to see what Peebles had to offer. We stumbled on a cute little pub called the Crown, the locals were very welcoming and the landlady lovely. If you like a drink or two in a fun pub, the Crown is a must.
After a good nights sleep in an exceptionally comfortable bed, I enjoyed a particularly tasty breakfast. I began with the Yoghurt and fruit granola, the fruit was very fresh, the yoghurt was delicious and the adorning granola perfectly crunchy. I followed with the Ettrick valley smokehouse salmon and scrambled eggs. This proved to be just as amazing, the eggs were deliciously fluffy and the salmon fresh. The coffee is also due a mention, as it was piping hot, tasty and the perfect morning pick me up.
If you would like to experience lovely Scottish hospitality at its best in beautiful rural surroundings, visit the Horseshoe. The service is nothing short of excellent, the locals friendly and the beds perfectly comfortable for a good nights sleep. The Horseshoe is well worth the 4 hour train ride from London, if you would like a romantic weekend or walks in stunning fresh countryside, the Horseshoe is for you.
Horseshoe, Edinburgh Road, Eddleston EH45 8QP
Tel: 01721 730225
Heart London 5 Star Rating
Cat, Heart London Magazine