The Blue Coo

The Blue Coo
The Buccleuch Arms, The Green, St. Boswells, Melrose, Scottish Borders, TD6 0EW
  • Telephone 01835 822243
  • Food served Mon–Thu 5.30–9pm; Fri/Sat 5.30–9.30pm; Sun noon–8.30pm.
  • Average price £18 (lunch); £20 (evening meal)
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Relaxed bistro with blackboard specials and Borders fish, game and meat centre stage.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

A red sandstone Victorian mansion, the Buccleuch Arms sits squarely beside the cricket green in the village of St Boswells. The bar does traditional snacks, while the hotel’s Blu Coo Bistrot & Bar puts a convincing Borders spin on French café dining. Wooden floors and blackboards create a stripped-back, contemporary look. The kitchen places local stars like Border roe deer, beef and lamb firmly centre stage, and adds a tasty supporting cast of bistrot favourites. Top-notch Aberdeen Angus from Hardiesmill farm goes into a bourguignon with boulangère potatoes, savoy cabbage and smoked bacon; while partridge and pheasant from the Lammermuirs come with a game syrup and dauphinoise. Desserts, or excellent cheeses and ice-creams from Doddington’s in Wooler, are a fitting closing flourish.