We take semi-regular trips down to the Borders, often to visit the Buddhist monastery, Samye Ling. If you haven’t visited, you absolutely should. The temple is pure escapism.
This time, instead of heading home, we stayed overnight at the Auldgirth Inn, a 500 year old Inn which impressively has won Best Scottish Gastropub in 2018 and holds 2 AA Rosettes – all good news if you’re a foodie.
Rab, the owner and chef, met us on arrival. The welcome was a little cool, perhaps it was nerves, or bad experiences with ‘media folk’. Anyway, he seemed to relax into it a bit and seemed pleased when we accepted the offer of the Tasting Menu (great value at £50 for 6 courses). It was a bit of a surprise, and despite having had a 7 course tasting menu at The Pompadour the night before, FOMO got the better of me.
The B listed building has tons of character and has been tastefully refurbished over the last couple of years.
Our room featured a large bed, flatscreen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and a feature window. The bathroom was private, but separate from the room – you have to cross a hall with other rooms to get to it. There are robes if you’re the kind of person that gets up in the night. It was very quiet on the Monday night we were there so we didn’t bump into anyone. I’m not sure how well this would work if it were busy. Apparently there are other en suite rooms, including one with a freestanding roll top bath – check out their Instagram for photos.
Downstairs there’s a large restaurant and open kitchen (more about the food in my next post!) and a cosy bar.
After a delicious meal we retired to bed full and happy and slept well. In the morning we attempted one of those 7 min fitness app workouts in a pathetic attempt to burn some cals before breakfast.
Food is where the Auldgirth Inn really excels and where Rab’s passion is. Breakfast was cooked to order with huge mugs of proper tea. My friend had the Smashed Avocado on Toast with Poached Eggs, and I had my favourite, Eggs Florentine.
The Auldgirth Inn has a lot going for it, not least the excellent food, and it seems to have a great reputation online. Worth a visit, if not overnight, then certainly for that tasting menu.