The hotel sits in a wonderful location, next to the River Tweed and adjacent to the ruin of Dryburgh Abbey. The first impression is of an impressive red sandstone country house but the interior is in a rather tired and faded condition. Although comfortable, it really needs a siginificant facelift. We booked dinner in advance - first night in the bistro, second night in the restaurant. The menu was very appropriate to a bistro, the food was good and reasonably priced. However, we were astonished to be presented with the same menu in the restaurant the next night. Apparently, 'fine dining' was discontinued some time ago. Again, the food was good but not what we anticipated in the restaurant of a hotel of Dryburgh Abbey's apparent standing. The cooked breakfasts were very good but the 'buffet' was very poor - an extremely limited selection (i.e. no fresh fruit salad) and not replenished sufficiently often. While there was a reasonable selection of wines at moderate prices, there was no premium lager on offer - an option which is generally expected these days. Also too little of the white/rose/sparking wine seemed to be kept chilled so that it was frequently presented at room temperature with a bucket of ice, which is far from ideal. The hotel seems to specialise in wedding receptions; there was one taking place during our visit. I would strongly recommend that you ask for a room away from the main entrance as wedding guests were noisily leaving until 2.30am! On the positive side, the hotel is in a beautiful setting, it is comfortable, generally the staff are very friendy and efficient. However, there are a number of issues that really need to be dealt with to ensure that a stay at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel is better than just 'Average'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dryburgh Abbey Hotel sits on the banks of the River Tweed in the breathtaking Borders countryside. Next to the historic ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, Sir Walter Scott's last resting place, it offers a fabulous location for fishing, cycling, walking, or simply enjoying a relaxing leisure break. Quality local produce is served in the tranquil setting of the Tweed resataurant by friendly and attentive staff. The proximity of the hotel to the Abbey also makes it an ideal venue for that special wedding day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dryburgh Abbey Melrose
- Hotel Dryburgh Abbey
- Dryburgh Abbey Hotel St. Boswells, Scotland