Berwickshire backs new visitor centre

Nicola Duffy and painter Mark Fiddes from JMS Harkin inside one of the new Born in the Borders buildings.
Nicola Duffy and painter Mark Fiddes from JMS Harkin inside one of the new Born in the Borders buildings.

A host of businesses from Berwickshire will showcase their products at the new Born in the Borders Visitor Centre, due to open this summer.

The latest initiative from the Scottish Borders Brewery, the region’s award-winning real ale company, the Born in the Borders Visitor Centre is designed to be a one-stop-shop for the finest Borders produce.

Located next to the brewery at Lanton Mill Farm on the road between Jedburgh and Hawick, it takes the brewery’s provenance story – of fine ale production from plough through to pint – to the next level.

The £500,000 development will feature a food and drink shop, goods and gift shop, a 40 seater café, brewery tours, outdoor walks and picnic area.

Leading Berwickshire suppliers including Peelham Farm at Foulden, Heatherslaw Mill, Chainbrdige Honey Farm, Julians Veg, Giacopazzis in Eyemouth, Hannah Longmuir and Laura Johnson will all have their products - which range from cured meats, baked goods and fruit and vegetables to ice cream, stationery and designer jewellery - featured within the Born in the Borders shops at the centre.

Denise Walton from Peelham Farm told the Berwickshire News: “There will be strong Berwickshire representation within the new Born in the Borders complex, which is great news for the area.

The centre aims to showcase the very best products from across the Scottish Borders and I am delighted that our organic and cured meats will be amongst the items on offer.

The centre is set not only to be a draw for visitors to the region but also a real asset for local Borders people as it will offer the chance to discover under one roof the wealth of fabulous products that originate here.”

John Henderson, owner of Scottish Borders Brewery added: “Born in the Borders is an ambitious and exciting project and I am really pleased that local businesses can see the value in what we are trying to do and are keen to be involved.”

Born in the Borders is set to open in June and will operate seven days a week from 10am – 5pm.

The new shops and café are being created by sympathetically restoring and renovating old farm steading and dairy buildings and the Centre will also include a free car park and spaces suitable for holding events.