The Allanton Inn, Allanton

A recent visit for dinner, following a search for a country pub type establishment; offering a good menu and excellent wines; the Allanton Inn ticked all the boxes.

The quintessential village pub, the inn sits on the main street of the small Berwickshire conservation village of Allanton, thus extremely easy to locate.

Although recently receiving a more contemporary makeover the Allanton Inn retains its pub charm and although bright and light, creates a warm, homely “local” welcome.

The changing menu utilises local produce of the day, Berwickshire sourced game and seafood, pulled in from the coast, no more than six or seven miles away and additionally, fresh water fish from the Rivers Tweed and Whiteadder; pleasantly presented and served knowledgably by accommodating waiting staff.

A specially dedicated “Gin shelf” is most impressive in the bar and extremely tempting, alongside congenial chat and the most friendly atmosphere.

Offering rooms (not seen) and a host of additional services, including local fishing, the Allanton Inn would be a superb choice to while away a few days’ holiday in this secluded, delightful and underexposed corner of Scotland.