Many of our favourite local haunts – restaurants, pubs, and shops alike – are adapting their services to serve the local community while implementing social distancing guidelines. In these uncertain times, it’s crucial to support them, and, for many of us, food from our favourites never fails to lift spirits.
From takeaway offers to frozen ready meal delivery, we have put together a list of businesses across Midlothian and the Borders that make sure their local communities continue to be supported – why not show them some love and place an order?
Please be aware that due to the ever-evolving situation around COVID-19, information and availability may change. Please check our advice page for up to date information.
Pre-ordering is essential, and spaces may be limited. Adhere to Government guidelines and do not leave your area. The information below was correct at time of publishing – 26 March 2020. The post was updated on 19 June 2020 to add further restaurants.
Itihaas’ award-winning Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine offers popular Indian curry and tandoori dishes as well as a range of specialities on their takeaway menu. A discount is available for carers and emergency staff.
Grab a takeaway coffee or delicious ice cream from The Larder at Restoration Yard and head out for your daily exercise around Dalkeith Country Park. Available from 25 June 2020.
From a full Scottish breakfast to baked goods, from bar snacks to home made burgers, The Paper Mill has it all. Order online from Friday to Sunday and enjoy exceptional food and drink from this award winning bar and brasserie.
The gastropub in Midlothian offers a special lockdown menu and food court. Bringing their award-winning cuisine to people’s homes, the offer ranges from freshly caught crab to hearty meat and veggie dishes as well as take-away afternoon tea.
The country inn has transformed into a community hub: “Shoe heat by You” frozen ready meals can be pre-ordered and either collected or delivered two days a week. Veg boxes by George Anderson and Sons, butcher’s pies and essentials such as milk and bread are also available for pre-order.
Pre-order and pick up some classic comfort food from The Tontine Hotel in the heart of Peebles. For Fish Fridays, battered haddock and hand-cut chips are on the menu, while Supper Saturdays offer a choice of burgers or curry.
Osso Restaurant – Peebles
Indulge yourself with Osso’s varied ready meal menu, based around seasonal and local ingredients. You can also order a range of their homemade sausage rolls through their website.
This award-winning restaurant in the centre of Selkirk offers a social distancing delivery menu featuring hearty casseroles, pies and bakes that are also suitable for home freezing.
Seasons in Gattonside, Melrose is turning into a community shop. Their ‘Seasons at Home’ and Neighbourhood Shop menu offers a range of ready meals, home-baked bread, as well as fish, meat and veg from local suppliers, all through a pre-ordered collection service.
The team at Provender have created a variety of takeaway and ready meals. The menu features dishes ranging from rump steak and burgers to seasonal desserts. A dedicated kids’ menu is also available.
The Haggis Box – Melrose
The cafe at Abbotsford may be closed but the Haggis Box have come to the rescue. Visitors to the gardens and estate can pick up teas, coffees, sweet treats, and, of course, hot haggis, neeps & tatties, for a picnic in stunning surroundings.
The restaurant offers a combination of traditional Scottish favourites and international flavours on their takeaway menu.
Orde Food Company – Kelso
The Orde Food Company have created a delivery menu of frozen ready meals inspired by their very own ‘Mum’s Comfort Cuisine’ – a range of hearty pies and classic desserts. A discount is available for NHS workers.
The Wheatsheaf Hotel in Swinton are offering traditional and comfort foods for preorder and takeaway. On Saturday’s, there’s also a special curry night. Check their Facebook Page for the weekly menu.
The charming coaching inn has introduced a weekly Lockdown Takeaway Menu featuring two and three-course options. For special occasions such as the VE Day Bank Holiday, you’ll even find a range of sharing boxes and jam jar cocktails.
Giacopazzi’s in Eyemouth are open for preorder and takeaway. They have also put together a delivery service to a number of towns in Berwickshire and Northumberland. So, upgrade your lockdown with their award-winning ice cream, fish and chips or do it yourself pizza kits!
A range of frozen pies – traditional meat, fish and vegetarian filled options – is available for online order and delivery. Limited orders over the phone with designated pick up times at the shop are also possible. And even better, every pie order made online means Jarvis Pickle will donate one to FareShare.
If you are looking for a place to stock up on beer or wine, take a look at Oblo Bar & Bistro’s off sale shop. A variety of offers are available, and orders can be collected or delivered to your door.
Our advice doesn’t just apply to Midlothian and the Borders though: At this time, there are struggling local businesses around the world that need support. Share their offer, recommend them to friends and let them know that you’re thinking of them; ready to visit once the situation has improved.
Postpone, don’t cancel
Do you already have a booking and now need to revisit your plans? Many businesses offer free rebookings or even discounts for later in the year. If you have the flexibility, check your options before cancelling.