The Black Bull

The Black Bull
Market Place, Lauder, Scottish Borders, TD2 6SR
  • Telephone 01578 722208
  • Opening times Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm, 5–11pm; Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–11pm
  • Bar open Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm, 5pm–1am; Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–11pm
  • Food served Mon-Sun noon–2.30pm, 5pm–9pm
  • Average price £15 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
  • Website www.blackbull-lauder.com
Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2011 edition.

Located on one of the main routes south from Edinburgh in the heart of the Scottish Borders, this popular 18th-century coaching inn is in perfect walking and cycling country. Serving well cooked, no-nonsense food, there's no better place to restore lost calories after outdoor pursuits. Eat in the cosy bar area for an omelette or chunky 'Black Bull burger, or there's the slightly grander Georgian dining room. Blissfully smooth chicken liver and cognac pâté is well partnered with a soft, home-made red gooseberry jelly. Robust leek, gorgonzola and sun-dried tomato tart comes with a generous rocket salad. There are limited vegetarian choices, but roast pumpkin, spinach, pine nut, sun-dried tomato and ricotta crêpes are an interesting mix of textures, colours and flavours. All the beef here is sourced from the market at nearby St Boswells.

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  • Private dining: Up to 45 covers
  • No. overnight rooms: 8
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 45
  • Open since: 2004
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
  • House wine: £14 per bottle