Review on Windlestraw Lodge

Built as a wedding present for a local mill owner, this striking Edwardian country house is now a romantic getaway destination in the heart of the Borders countryside. The hotel looks out across the Traquair and Elibank Forests, with views over the majestic Tweed Valley added to the impressive outlook.

New owners Alan and Julie Reid have put their mark on the place, with much attention now focused on the wood-panelled dining room - which also has the bonus of great views. Alan's top-flight cooking recently earned Windlestraw the 'Chef Medaille d'Or 2008' and his daily changing dinner menus show off the best of Scottish produce.

Meals generally begin with a little cup of deliciously flavoured soup - perhaps organic leek, spinach and basil espresso. A choice of three starters might include breast of woodpigeon with black pudding and crisp pancetta on roasted apple and Madeira sauce, while mains might feature saddle of local estate roe deer on pearl barley risotto or seared fillets of wild sea bass on spiced tomato, basil and spring onion salsa. To conclude, you might opt for garden rhubarb and stem ginger crème brûlée.

Windlestraw Lodge is also featured in: Michelin Guide

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Modern Scottish


Alan Reid

Restaurant Opening Times

Dinner: 7.00 - 9.00pm Mon-Sun

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at Windlestraw Lodge

  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu


Accomodation is available, (6 rooms)


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


Windlestraw Lodge
Tweed Valley
Scottish Borders
EH43 6AA

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