Near Enough: Travel in the UK

Near Enough: Scottish Borders, Melrose

August 6, 2016

The accomodation for our recent mini break in the Scottish Borders was a short drive from Melrose so we dined in the town on both evenings.

On the first evening we arrived around 7pm which gave us enough time to eat at Marmions Brasserie that had been recommended both by our hosts at Roulotte Retreat and via twitter. There was only one other table occupied whilst we were there but that didn’t put us off.

We decided to opt for a main and a dessert each; I chose the braised chicken leg stuffed with pistachio and thyme mousse with wild mushroom risotto and chicken jus whilst Chris had steak. If I hadn’t been pregnant, I’d have probably chosen either their lamb or duck dish but as they’re best served pink in the middle, I thought it best to steer clear.

I have to admit that my chicken dish was pretty bland, it needed a strong flavour to come through and make it exciting. I think this is particularly important due to it being served on the risotto which was earthy in flavour. Something as simple as goats cheese in the stuffing would have improved the overall flavour.

For dessert I wanted something fresh so I chose fresh summer berries with almond and vanilla panna cotta and strawberry gel. When it arrived it didn’t look very appetising and like the chicken, it wasn’t much to write home about but it was pleasant nonetheless.

After our meal we had a short wander around Melrose and took a look at the opening times of the Abbey. The sun was starting to set in the background so I spent a couple of minutes taking a photo I was happy with before we headed back to the car.

On our second evening in Melrose we ate in The Kings Arms Hotel. We managed to get a seat at the last remaining table and because there were two large groups dining around the same time it meant that service was incredibly slow. So slow that I was famished by the time our food arrived.

I went for fish and chips and Chris decided on the scampi. Whilst it did take a while to be served and for our food to arrive, it was worth the wait and my appetite was well and truly satiated by the time we left. As service had been so slow we decided against desserts and extra drinks.

Out of the two places we dined, I’d be more likely to revisit The Kings Arms but I’d be sure to ring ahead and book a table as we saw quite a few people turned away whilst we were there.

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