Civilised place with small bar for drinkers, comfortable lounges, top quality food and drinks and professional service; appealing bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This is a pretty village just a few miles from the River Tweed. While many customers come to enjoy the particularly good food served by attentive, friendly staff, there's also a little bar and informal lounges. Here they keep Belhaven IPA and a changing guest such as Tempest Ale on handpump alongside numerous malt whiskies, brandies and eight wines by the glass. There are comfortable plush armchairs, several nice old oak settles with cushions, a small open fire, sporting prints and china plates on the bottle-green walls in the bar and agricultural prints and a fishing-theme décor on the painted or bare stone walls in the lounges. The dining room and front conservatory with its vaulted pine ceiling are carpeted, with high-backed slate-grey chairs around pale wood tables set with fresh flowers, while the more formal restaurant has leather high-backed dining chairs around cloth-covered tables; background music. Make the best of the surrounding rolling countryside by staying in the well equipped and comfortable bedrooms or the cottage; breakfasts are good and hearty.
The good pub guide food review
As well as some traditional dishes, the creative food includes plenty of fresh local seafood, such as seared scallops with black pudding, samphire and citrus butter, langoustines and mussels. Other typical dishes included pigeon breast with parsnip purée and baby courgettes, vegetable moussaka, chicken breast with tarragon cream, roast venison loin with fondant potato, braised red cabbage, mushrooms and pancetta jus, duck breast with colcannon potatoes and raspberry jus, and puddings such as kiwi parfait with honey and ginger jelly, chocolate ice-cream and green tea genoise and vanilla rice pudding with home-made shortbread.
Wheatsheaf, Main Street, Swinton, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3JJ
Weekdays: 11-11; 11-midnight Fri