Food and Drink December 11, 2008
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The Spread Eagle
Location: 20 High Street, Jedburgh, TD8 6AG [map]
Phone: 0845 201 0036
Open: Mon-Sun 6pm-9pm (Except Tues)

Proprietors John and Lorna offer a warm welcome to all who stay at The Spread Eagle Hotel, a cosy little family-run and family-friendly hotel nestled in the middle of the High Street in Jedburgh. Here you’ll find every effort made to make visitors feel comfortable, with inviting, well-maintained bedrooms and traditional home cooking. The Spread Eagle is Scotland’s oldest continually-licensed hotel and was first licensed in 1604, however the history of the hotel could date back further than that. Local historians believe that a building on the site of the hotel was constructed some time around 1450 as dormitories for the monks of the abbey in Jedburgh. Since then famous guests have included Sir Walter Scott, the Rolling Stones and Acker Bilk, who have all enjoyed the delights of this homely hostelry.

Today the hotel has been modernised to high standards by John and Lorna. Over the past 18 months, all the bedrooms in this listed building have been upgraded and modernised. All rooms are en suite, with tea and coffee making facilities, flat-screen televisions and free wireless broadband internet access.

On the first floor of the hotel, overlooking the High Street, the new dining room provides an opportunity to enjoy good food and a relaxed atmosphere. Food is created from the best local ingredients in simple, freshly-prepared dishes. Vegetarians and carnivores alike should find something to enjoy, with the menu varying according to availability and season. You could start with the chef’s own chicken liver paté, served with warm toast and a salad garnish; follow this with one of a range of traditional mains such as cottage pie, creamy mushroom stroganoff, fresh Scottish salmon with a balsamic marinade or a classic fillet or sirloin steak with pepper cream or red wine sauce. Puddings are hot, homemade and absolute heaven – think sticky toffee pudding, apple crumble and chocolate fudge cake. John and Lorna take obvious pride in their work and it shows – if staying in Jedburgh, you couldn’t find anywhere you’d feel more at home.

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