REVIEW: THE CRAW INN, AUCHENCROW
THE wind was howling when we left Spittal, and we were glad to get into the car and drive inland to a quieter spot. We drove north on the A1 and noticed a sign on the left pointing to The Craw Inn. We had heard about this splendid tranquil retreat in the Scottish Borders so we turned off the road and after driving through hills, narrow lanes and beautiful countryside we finally found it.
The Craw Inn is situated in Auchencrow which is a splendid tranquil retreat. It has around 20 houses, a phone box, a village pub, and a good community spirit. As soon as we entered the pub we found it warm, friendly and welcoming.
The bar evokes stereotypical traditional pub images with beams covered in a nifty collection of bar mats, alongside a few tables for dining. Here you can be in the hub of the chatter and enjoy a warm log fire or alternately there is a formal dining room at the rear of the pub with views over splendid border countryside. The pub also has three bedrooms all with private facilities.
The Craw Inn places the emphasis on traditional Scottish fayre. The extensive menu includes fresh local fish landed at Eyemouth or St Abbs and local beef. Edward chose the fish dish accompanied by hand-cut chips whilst I chose a bowl of delicious home-made vegetable soup with brown crusty bread. We enjoyed the meal so much there was little space for a pudding although with so many delicious delights on offer we were well and truly tempted.
After leaving the restaurant we sat outside on the village seat enjoying the early March sunshine. Snowdrops and primroses were blooming and we considered ourselves so lucky to be part of a perfect village scene.
All good things come to an end, and when we arrived home we found ourselves locked out of the house due to being unable to turn the key in the lock. A kindly neighbour invited us into their house whilst we telephoned and waited for a local joiner. A new lock was eventually fitted and the reason was all due to sand being lodged in the lock, making it impossible to turn.
However, we certainly enjoyed a most super day at Auchencrow.