A little jaunt to Melrose the other weekend seen us take a break from the wild weather in the warm and cosy sanctuary of the Old Melrose Tea Room. Situated just off the A68 Southbound, on the Ravenswood Estate, the Old Melrose Tea Room is a little cottage sat in a courtyard with other old farm buildings, one of which is an Antiques showroom, and the Dairy is a Vintage Shop! The Tea Room consists of two rooms, one with a wood burning stove in it – guess which one we sat in!
The menu was simple yet tasty sounding with soups and sandwiches and a selection of specials. I went for the Welsh Rarebit, which was generous in size and made with delicious tasty cheddar. Stuart had the Ploughman’s Salad, again generous with plenty of cheese, cooked ham, lovely salad and coleslaw and some oatcakes and chutney to accompany.
Whilst we were quite full after all this, we were tempted by the delicious looking home baking on display, and so gave in. I had the Coffee and Walnut Cake, which was really light and fresh, with a good coffee flavour and Stuart had the Salted Caramel Brownie with cream – there is nothing really more to say about that other than it vanished pretty fast!
After all of this we visited the second hand bookshop which is upstairs in the tea room, and popped into the Antiques Room and the Vintage Shop, both had a great selection of finds, it was hard not to buy things! Old Melrose Tea Room is definitely worth popping into for lunch or cake if you ever find yourself near Melrose or driving south on the A68. If you fancy doing some walking you can pick up a map in the shop, and there is a 5 mile loop that goes past the tea room to St Cuthbert’s Chapel, down to Newtown St Boswells and back to the tea room , you can work up an appetite for some cake!