The Berwick Advertiser's review


Good food and warm welcome guaranteed

 

by Maureen Raper

Review: Redhall Cottage, Eyemouth

 

It was Sunday afternoon and raining in England but the sun was shinning in Scotland. We were returning from a few days holiday in Rothbury and decided to call for lunch at the Redhall Cottage Restaurant near Eyemouth. We headed north up the A1, past Burnmouth and took the next turning right heading towards the village of Eyemouth. The restaurant is situated on the hillside with open views of the country and the sea beyond.

 

Redhall Cottage, original four farm workers’ cottages and was converted 18 months ago into a spacious and luxurious restaurant with rooms. The gravelled car park can accommodate up to 25 cars. It also has a drop off point for disabled access and wheelchairs.

 

We hoped they were still serving lunch as it was already 1:30pm so Edward entered the restaurant first to make enquiries. They said we were welcome anytime and as he waved for me to come inside the waitress had a table ready for us near the window. We were surprised to see how busy it was with more dinners arriving as we went inside.

 

We ordered soft drinks fro ma well stocked bar which was busy with quite a lot of customers. The bar opened onto a beautiful enclosed garden with tables arranged on a manicured lawn. the views were magnificent with the sea to the east and a view of Ayton Castle to the south. It certainly would be a very nice place to dine on a warm sunny day. There were a few couples dining and also a party of eight sitting nearby.

 

The menu was amazing; with so much to choose from it was difficult to decide as it all sounded so delicious. The food served is all local produce and is freshly cooked to order.

 

There were around six starters on the menu all ranging from around £4 mark. I chose the chef’s delicious homemade soup with warm crusty breadand Edwuard chose the hot Smoked salmon Mousse served with lemon and capers dressing and oatcakes.

 

We did not have to wait long for our main course. We ordered a traditional Sunday Lunch of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. All the meals were served with the chef’s choice of baby sauté roasted potatoes and a selection of vegetables which were trully delicious. The meat was cooked brilliantly, so tender it fell apart on the fork and the gravy was sumptuous. It is a long time since I tasted a lunch with such a delicious flavour.

 

I could not manage a desert but enjoyed a Latte coffee instead. Edward chose a chocolate basket filled with white chocolate and cream. His desert cost £4.50 and was said to be absolutely delicious. One of the couples who were celebrating a birthday and enjoying a romantic meal told us they were also staying in the B&B at Redhall.

 

They were delighted with the room which was en-suite with TV and tea and coffee facilities in their bedrooms. They said how lovely their room was, it was so inviting, spotlessly clean and comfortable with magnificent views. They were also pleased it was so near to St Abbs where they enjoyed diving at Cathedral Rock.

 

After lunch we decided to walk around the harbour at Eyemouth. The sun on the sea was beautiful. Together with the frsh air it made a most enjoyable visit. Gunsgreen Hosue is situated on the harbour and is well worth a visit. It was built by a local smuggler and was a hotbed of the smuggling trade. Smuggling, and fishing enabled this part of Scotland to flourish in the 18th and 19th century with the port of Eyemouth providing a safe haven for merchants and fishermen.

 

We also visited the Museum and the Tourism Information centre and were surprised to learn that the ruins of Fort Point and Fast Castle which inspired Sir Walter Scott were situated on the cliffs above Eyemouth. The Borders saw countless struggles between Scotland and England before the two countries were united in 1707.

 

Redhall Cottage is a perfect place to celebrate a family outing or to enjoy special occasions. the food is good and if feeling the pinch financially, some of the prices on the menu are within range and enjoyable.

The delicious meal, the refreshing walk around Eyemouth combined with learning about the history of this delightful seaside harbour made our day just perfect.

 

Maureen Raper is a Tutor/ Author Moderator and tutors in Berwick-upon-Tweed

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