Summertime lures us outside, to meet with loved ones, soak up Scotland’s rare warm days, and simply relax. Where better than in the beer gardens and on the terraces of Midlothian and the Border’s outstanding restaurants, cafés and bars! Whether you are looking to enjoy a cocktail with riverside views or a romantic dinner amidst greenery, our enticing picks will see you planning a day out in no time.
So, toast to the season with these fantastic outdoor hospitality offers in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. Cheers!
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Both an AA Pub of the Year and a Scottish Gastropub of the Year, you’ll be spoiled for choice at The Sun Inn. So, why not put their outstanding reputation for serving great drinks as well as award-winning food to the test. Make the most of summer and enjoy cocktails, nibbles or even afternoon tea on the river terrace or in the courtyard. With lots on offer, including a Spanish tapas bar, you will feel like you’re on holiday in no time! Finally, round off a day of indulgence at the well-stocked Food Court. Here, you can grab coffees and freshly made cakes, perfect for a woodland walk and picnic in the area.
Whether you’re looking for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, The Paper Mill has you covered. This award-winning bar and brasserie sits in a picturesque location, overlooking the River Esk in Lasswade. The view makes the riverside terrace an unmissable spot for whiling away a few hours, enjoying delicious, locally sourced al fresco dining. In the evenings, cosy log fires and atmospheric lighting transform the location into a romantic destination that will make you feel a world away.
Original Rosslyn Inn – Roslin
Head to the romantic village of Roslin for this idyllic, family-friendly gastropub. Here, the Original Rosslyn Inn serves up scrumptious, seasonal food, just a stone’s throw from world-famous Rosslyn Chapel. The perfect reason to book in at their cosy beer garden after a day out. And with over 45 years of experience, the team knows how to make foodies of all tastes feel right at home.
Radhuni – Loanhead
Looking for the perfect place to meet family and friends for a delicious meal? Look no further than the Radhuni Garden and Sanctuary. Leave Scotland behind as you take a seat in the stylish, fully covered outdoor space to enjoy the best that Indian-Bangladeshi cuisine has to offer. Named the best Scottish restaurant at the 2019 British Curry Awards, the garden is the cherry on top of a great evening out!
Enjoy al fresco dining at the Tontine Hotel in the heart of Peebles. After a day exploring along the River Tweed, book a table at Tontine Square. From here, you can look out over the charming town centre. The food on offer ranges from traditional fish & chips to specials such as fresh lobster and scallops. And for that special evening out, Tontine’s Secret Garden offers a private dining experience for couples.
This small café is the perfect location for enjoying the best of Southern Scotland’s produce in a welcoming and intimate setting. Located in the conservatory and garden of the imposing Caddon View Guest House, the café offers breakfast, lunch, as well as sweet treats and small nibbles. Unwind in the lush gardens as you enjoy a spot of home baking or sit back with a glass of specially selected wine or local craft beer.
Head to this rural country inn in the peaceful conservation village of Allanton for exceptional Scottish Borders hospitality. A favourite with locals and visitors alike, it’s truly unmissable! At the Allanton Inn, locally sourced produce is served up in the inviting beer garden, which also offers expansive views of the local scenery. Swaying fields and gentle rolling hills make this a perfect location for enjoying lazy summer days. And with a marquee in place, you won’t have to worry about the temperamental Scottish summer at any point!
Enjoy a relaxed drink at the Wheatsheaf Hotel and Restaurant’s beer garden. The dog-friendly establishment offers an extensive selection of malt whiskies, gins and a range of draught beer and cask ale. Whether you’re celebrating the arrival of the weekend or the end of a day out exploring the area, the Wheatsheaf is the perfect spot for a refreshing drink and light bite.
This summer, make sure to pay a visit to the cosy Cross Inn Pub & Kitchen. The traditional village inn has created a summery outdoor experience. The unique food and warm welcome meet colourful, seasonal décor in the marquee. The fully stocked bar with real ales, a selection of gins as well as the weekly changing menu is perfect for enjoying in the good company of friends.
Plan a getaway and head to the picturesque market town of Melrose. Experience quintessential Borders hospitality at the historic Burts Hotel and its sister venue, the Townhouse Hotel. Both situated at the town’s old market square, the family-run hotels’ restaurant and brasserie have extended their offer for the summer with lots of outdoor seating. So, if you’re looking for a relaxed lunch or formal dining, you can be sure to find tasty offers in their garden, marquee and terrace.