Josephine Price heads to a rural retreat on the Scottish Borders
Escaping the bustle of Edinburgh Waverley railway station after a hectic train journey from London, we were happy to be met by Paul from The Horseshoe, having already been told to look out for his tweed jacket and red tie. It was an endearing first impression.
Paul ushered us towards a roaring log fire in the lounge of the restaurant. We bedded down for the night in our compact but comfortable lodgings in the converted Victorian schoolhouse behind the restaurant, knowing we were going to be well looked after.
The following day, after exploring the wild and wonderful Scottish Borders, we settled into the dining room with its heavy curtains, deep red carpets and candlelit tables for our gastronomic feast. The fine dining restaurant is the holder of two AA Rosettes; its six-course tasting menu draws heavily on high-quality local produce such as Highland-cured red deer, Perthshire poached pheasant breast and Orkney scallops.
The oenophile general manager Mark Slaney had paired the wines beautifully, and included interesting options such as a red Sancerre. The service and presentation were faultless and the experience luxurious, yet entirely unpretentious.
Address: Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QP
Price: $983 per couple for two nights, including transfers, a day tour of the Scottish Borders and six-course tasting menu.