Wheatsheaf offers first-class fare in charming village setting

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Swinton, Berwickshire

It had seemed a long time since we visited The Wheatsheaf Inn at Swinton Berwickshire. The last visit was to celebrate a special leaving party and a birthday. I was hoping it had not changed and I was not disappointed. There was the same hearty welcome, exquisite food and charming staff.

The Wheatsheaf is a comfortable and relaxing inn situated five miles south-east of Duns and three miles north-west of the border. Berwick, Kelso and Coldstream are all within travelling distance.

We were glad we booked Sunday lunch in advance as there were already many people chatting happily in the waiting area. It was my birthday treat and the rooms were already decorated for Christmas.

We sat in comfortable chairs near the open fire as Mr and Mrs Santa Claus stood at the door holding hands ready to greet everyone.

The Wheatsheaf has an extensive wine cellar and a fine selection of wines and Scotch whisky, but we chose a soft drink which was reasonably priced.

We sat in the lounge whilst our order was taken and were then escorted to the restaurant which was attractive and spotless. The menu had a wide variety of starters including home-made game terrine and Eyemouth white crabmeat.

For the main course we chose the roast beef, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding which cost £12.95. The food was first-class and the service was excellent.

The meal was so satisfying we both chose for dessert the ice cream, coffee and chocolate.

It was a delicious meal and we chatted to some friends who all agreed that the food was first-class.

The village of Swinton dates as far back as the 11th century. It is associated with the Swinton Family who have their own burial enclosure in the churchyard of the Parish Church which still stands today.

In 1769 the village was redesigned and a busy market was created which is now marked by the stone sculpture of a market cross.

In 1843 the Free Church of Swinton was built but in 1900 the spire was removed and it was converted into a village hall.

The numerous cottages and houses create a charming village picture.

Stopping for a meal at the Wheatsheaf Inn made it for us a very special and enjoyable visit.

MAUREEN RAPER