About the café
The delicious smell of freshly ground coffee greets you on arrival in the café. Our menu is pitched someway between café and restaurant, and takes inspiration from our extensive cook book section. We pride ourselves on seeking out the best local producers from Peelham Farm to Ouseburn Coffee Co. not forgetting our wonderful own in-house baking team.Read more
We are child and dog friendly in the café and bookshop. During ‘high days and holidays’ it’s often a good idea to book a table. We have gluten free options on the menu, please let us know if you have food allergies and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs.
“On way to Kelso we noticed a sign for your shop. Couldn’t believe how fab it was. The café brilliant, home part magical & books great.” Janice Robinson
“Brilliant café and great service.” Ruth Hanley
“My idea of heaven, coffee and books all beautifully finished off
with a hare as a logo.” Lorna Payne
From soups and sandwiches (eg. Butternut Squash & Cinamon soup and Smoked salmon with horseradish cream), to our daily specials (eg. Syrian Fatoush) and cheese & tapas boards.
We are serious about our coffee, serving the excellent Newcastle roastery, OCC in the café. Foundary No.1 is the current blend – a mix of South American Arabica beans.
Cookbook of the Moment
Chosen from our extensive cook book section, we handpick our favourite books and showcase their delicious recipes on the café menu, often featuring visiting food writers. Our current choice is Honey & Co at Home by Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer.
Little beats the soothing moment when tea meets cake. We serve delicious loose leaf tea from Suki Tea, top favourites range from aromatic, Russian Caravan, to the classic Earl Blue Flower Grey.
We source our house wines from independent merchant, Alliance, plus an extensive range of craft beers including local brewers, Traquair Ales and Tempest Brewing Co.
All of our cakes are baked by the in-house team led by chef, Bertrand. We like to think we are famous for our Chocolate & Guiness Cake, and few can resist our gluten free Tunisian Cake.
The Scottish Borders is a rich source of excellent independent suppliers, from nationally renowned Burnside Farm Foods to award-winning Tempest Brewing Co. We enjoy championing their produce on our menu, with a strong seasonal focus which includes our own brambles, foraged from the Mainstreet car park!
Read about our visits to suppliers.