Local Knowledge

So many places to see, foods and drinks to taste, sounds to hear and quirky, interesting tales of this area of the Borders. 

Read about some of our local characters who frequented the Eildon Hills which lie just above Roulotte Retreat.

Eating & drinking

Eating and Drinking

So many places to eat and drink in the area, but here are a few of our favourites….

Provender, Melrose

The Town House, Melrose 

Burts, Melrose 

Apples for Jam cafe, Melrose

The Hoebridge, Gattonside

The Buccleuch, St. Boswells

Hunter's Stables Italian Restaurant, St Boswells

Main Street Trading, St. Boswells

The Flat Cat, Lauder 

Above restaurants are usually good for vegetarians too but always best to ask in advance to ensure vegetarian or vegan options are available.

As a group visiting Roulotte Retreat you may wish to organise food for a special occasion so ask Avril and Alan about excellent local caterers.


The nearest shop is the Co-op at Newtown St. Boswells, almost two miles away.

St. Boswells offers local shops.

Melrose has many specialist shops, for fine foods and wines, excellent gift and clothes shops, also many restaurants, cafes and bistros

Galashiels offers 24 hour supermarkets as well as a variety of other shops, cinema, swimming pool

Kelso is great for exploring with wonderful cafes and shops in its 'French style' market square.

Explore many local Border towns and villages which surround Roulotte Retreat for unusual and quality gifts made by local crafts people or check out those hidden little gems en route.

Just ask us and we can guide you to many delightful places to explore.