Food at Rutherford House B&B, Yetholm


Our breakfast choices at Rutherford House include both hot and cold food, including vegetarian and vegan options. We serve a full-cooked Scottish breakfast and have a selection of cereals, including granola and home-made muesli. There’s also fruit juice, yoghurt, fresh fruit, toast and home-made preserves, including raspberry jam and Seville orange marmalade.

For a cooked breakfast, you can choose any combination you like – our menu generally includes local smoked back bacon and sausages, free-range organic eggs, slow-roasted tomatoes, black pudding, Macsween’s haggis, Heinz baked beans and tattie scones. We always have vegetarian options available, which generally include veggie sausages, Macsween’s vegetarian haggis, and smoky tofu slices. If you would prefer a lighter breakfast, options include porridge and Bircher muesli.

We’re very happy to cater for vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and other diets. Please let us know your requirements when you book so that we can do any shopping and cooking needed to make sure that we’ve got suitable things for you to eat. We cook all kinds of food in our kitchen so are probably not a good choice if you have severe allergies.

Our local suppliers include Hogarths of Kelso (rolled oats), Lochtower Farm and Cackleberries from Sandystones (organic free-range eggs), local butchers Hunter’s of Kelso and Briggsy’s of Jedburgh (bacon and sausages), and Chainbridge Honey Farm (honey) and Macsween’s of Edinburgh (haggis and vegetarian haggis).

Packed lunches and picnics

Yetholm’s community-owned shop is a one-minute walk from Rutherford House across the village green. The shop sells a great selection of food including sandwiches, oatcakes, rolls, dips and pate, cheese, crisps, nuts, fruit, biscuits, cakes and chocolate. We have tartan rugs available to borrow for picnics.

Alternatively we can make up a packed lunch for you – please let us know when you book. Rutherford House packed lunches cost £7.50 each and include homemade sandwiches or filled rolls, a packet of crisps, a piece of fruit, home-made cake or flapjack, and a carton of fruit juice or bottle of water.

Home baking and drinks

Your welcome tray in your room will include a selection of teas and coffee, cold milk in a thermos, biscuits and home-made cake. You’re welcome to bring your own drinks and we provide glasses and bottle openers. Yetholm community shop sells a selection of beers, wines and spirits.

Eating out

There are two good pubs in Yetholm: we are a two-minute walk from the Plough Hotel in Town Yetholm and a ten-minute walk from the Border Hotel over in Kirk Yetholm. Both serve traditional pub meals and local ales. They can get very busy during the summer season so it’s a good idea to book a table. We’re happy to make reservations for you – please let us know when you book.

Further afield, we can recommend The Cobbles Inn, Hunter’s Deli Bistro and Cafe U in Kelso. The Terrace Cafe in the walled garden of Floors Castle is a great spot for afternoon tea or morning coffee.

For fine dining, The Caddy Mann on the way to Jedburgh and the Allanton Inn are highly recommended.

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