Second only to the skill and originality of our Head Chef Craig, is the sourcing of local Borders’ produce. The Borders is rich in a wide variety of produce from local land and waters and we are proud of our connections with local farmers where quality is allied to best farming practices.
When available, we are delighted to use beef farmed on the family farm, Galagate, six miles from Allanton by Katrina’s father and brother. Local farmer, butcher & friend, Adam, supplies our pork products from Reivers Foods. Other meat and poultry comes from local and Scottish suppliers, including organic products from Peelham Farm. Our friendly local farmer James delivers us free range eggs, freshly laid from his chickens two miles away in Hutton and we are great fans of honey from the Robson family at the Chain Bridge Honey Farm.
Our cheese selection offers only Scottish cheese of which at least half come from the Borders, mainly cheeses from Standhill Cheesery near Hawick where Katrina’s sister Kerry married the dairy farmer!
The fresh fish we use is caught or landed locally at Eyemouth and delivered daily by our chatty fishmonger, Ross. We make our own bread daily and in our garden smokehouse we hot smoke various ingredients such as pork fillet, whole sides of salmon, chicken and other fish & even cheeses to offer on the menu. Our desserts are all home-made although we do source the best ice cream (award winning!) from Giacopazzis in Eyemouth.
We believe that the quality of our produce and the skills in the kitchen provide the basis for interesting menus, often offering that something a little bit different; we are confident that the Allanton Inn gives a new opportunity for eating and showcasing the good food in the Borders.
As all our dishes are freshly made on the premises we can accommodate any dietary requirements – we will endeavour to meet every need of our guests.
We have daily blackboard specials in addition to the regularly changing menu and we also have a set menu for this Christmas and a menu available for Hogmanay. The bar leads into two dining areas and out to the beer garden. One of the dining areas is available for private dining accommodating up to 16 people; personalised menus can be arranged. This is a perfect venue for shoot dinners, celebrations and family gatherings.
In the summer months particularly, we love being able to showcase the fabulous Scottish seafood by offering our popular seafood platters. With advance booking, you can be guaranteed to enjoy this wonderful dish all year round.
Children are always welcome here, and in addition to our children’s menu, dishes from the main menu are available in smaller portions. On warmer days dining in the enclosed beer garden is a treat and if we get some summer sun we try and BBQ on week ends on our purpose built BBQ. Alternatively, you can use this great space just to soak up the sun, rolling countryside and unwind.
In the winter months when game is available, we utilise the abundance of local game and offer dishes including wood pigeon, pheasant, venison, hare and rabbit. On Sundays, we always have a Sunday Roast on the menu served with all the trimmings.
All food can be complemented with our selection of fine wines, real ales and other drinks for your enjoyment from our well stocked bar. The wines have been selected individually for a wine list complied by William and he continuously reviews the list and suppliers for quality and price. William is very particular about his cellar and enjoys getting real ales from a variety of suppliers to provide our ale drinkers a constantly changing choice of interesting and quality ales.
The Allanton Inn Gin Club started as a few locals on a Friday night enjoying a couple of tipples after work. Now we stock around 30 different gins, which every week one is selected and promoted as our ‘gin of the week.’
We enjoy coffee at the Allanton Inn and our machine is always on serving a variety of hot drinks with Katrina’s home-made biscotti through out the day.