The Horseshoe Restaurant, Eddleston – it’s the little things!


I’ve often heard from ‘Science’, and friends who live in our neck of the woods, how lovely the food is at The Horseshoe at Eddleston (nr Peebles), so, when I received an invitation to try it out for myself with a 6 course tasting menu matched with Argentinian wines (my favourite) in the private dining room, an overnight stay in one of their luxurious rooms, the chance to meet Head Chef, Alistair Craig and visit their kitchen garden, it wasn’t an arduous decision.

Our dinner was a preview of their upcoming Argentinian Wine Dinner, a part of their 10th anniversary celebrations.


The Highlights:

The venue – just lovely, based in The Scottish Borders and decorated in keeping with the period it has a rich tranquility that instantly relaxes and delights. The restaurant is well appointed with lovely artwork, antique furniture, candles, antler cutlery and wine box place mats – it quietly exudes the authenticity and splendour of an old country manor.

The food – the menu (below) was well thought out and executed – each dish looked beautiful and was cooked to perfection. (The breakfast was also excellent)

The wines – I’m a huge fan of South American wines, Argentinian in particular, and the selection for each course was spot on.

The company – General Manager, Mark Slaney was a wonderful host and myself and fellow bloggers Gary, Edinblogger and Kate and Iain from Citylicious enjoyed chatting food, wines, and all things related, during the course of our stay, it’s fair to say we are clearly a slightly food-obsessed bunch.

The room – a full sized kettle, already full of water (I did say it’s the little things), local tea and coffee from Brodies, fresh milk, homemade cake, fresh fruit, robes and slippers and high thread count bedding – every comfort taken care of.

The Lowlight – not being able to stay all weekend!


The Menu

Canapes – Gougere, Grouse sausage (AMAZING), Pickled leek cream, Pickled and dried watermelon served with a Zuccardi Blancs de Blancs

Crab custard, squat cracker, cuttlefish, finger lime, olive (I had a Barwheys cheddar mousse with poached fig)

Crab tart with English Mustard Cream (I had the same dish but with a nice fillet of John Dory) served with a Chardonnay Reserve 2013

Hay smoked venison carpaccio, pear, watercress, fresh curd cheese served with Pinot Noir Reserve 2012

Blade of beef, coco butter braised carrots, cavalo nero served with a Reserve Malbec 2014

Dark chocolate and almond delice, cherry, orange, ras el hanout served with a fortified Malbec 2014

Coffee with petits fours



So you see, it’s the sum of many carefully thought out little things that creates an exceptional whole. I can’t remember the last time I was so comfortable and relaxed in a restaurant and I’m already planning a return visit. A foodies delight and a wonderful retreat for the country lover, I only wish I’d tried it out sooner!



As mentioned, our dinner was a preview of The Horseshoe’s upcoming Argentinian Wine Dinner, a part of their 10th anniversary celebrations, with a couple of slight differences, and we didn’t have Guest Speaker Didier Horstman from Domaine Bousquet, Argentina. Here’s a little more info, if you might be interested (I rather fancy ‘The Art of Smoked Food’ one having recently bought a smoker which I have yet to use).

Guests at the Argentinian Wine Dinner will be treated to a talk given by Didier Horstman of Domaine Bousquet, Argentina, sample half a dozen wines in a tutored tasting and then sit down to a four course menu paired with four of the top wines from Domaine Bousquet.

The Art of Smoked Food is an evening where food takes centre-stage. It will be a six course menu specially designed to highlight the classic smoked foods we’re familiar with, whilst at the same time introduce guests to some more unusual smoked ingredients; each course will be matched with wines and whiskies to add to the smokiness.

The Horseshoe Restaurant with Rooms

Eddleston, By Peebles, Scotland, EH45 8QP (WARNING – don’t look at the website if you’re hungry!!)







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