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Damascus Drum

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Silver Street, Hawick, Scotland
+44 7707 856123
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a little gem. Just had the nicest burger in yonks in this charming little cafe. Definitely recommend if you're looking for a quick lunch in Hawick.

Thank Pans-Wanderer
Ripon, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Hawick for a few hours yesterday and found this lovely little cafe which had nice vegetarian choices and I loved the Islamic/Syrian/Turkish feel to it. Meze was lovely and the courgette fritters a delight. Friendly, good coffee and nice people. Thank you.

1 Thank surfiegirl
Bromley, United Kingdom
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151 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recently ate here whilst on business in Hawick. The food was fantastic - Meze style with great fresh tastes and wonderful flavours! I recommend the vine leaves, pitta and dips as they were all very nice! I will be sure to visit again when in the area next!

1 Thank Scott M
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

A different cafe in Hawick! Small, little tables, second hand books on shelves all around you and all for sale! There's even a book, on the counter, written by the owner! A very well travelled gent! The soups are lovely and so is the Scottish smoked salmon! Dog friendly which makes it great from my view!

1 Thank Caroline C
Wiesbaden, Germany
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

The best Café in Hawick. We found it by a recommendation from locals. It's a café and a book store in one, you can pass your time by reading and enjoy the good mood that is somehow connected to this place. They have very good food and very friendly staff. Buy a copy of the "Damascus Drum" at the counter!... More 

1 Thank Ralf S
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

nice little independent bistro/cafe locally sourced food in a unique atmosphere and dog friendly! set in a rather pleasnnt area on/near to the bridge in the middle of town.

1 Thank kevin j
Galashiels, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

Having visited the café twice, We can highly recommend the coffee, food, staff, atmosphere, books, rugs and location for disabled parking. It is not a run of the mill menu but caters towards the vegetarian and adventurous palette. The food is freshly prepared, well presented and overall tasty. Definitely be back soon.

1 Thank scouse6663
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Fantastic Chilie full of flavour with tasty granary (& pumpkin seed ?) bread grated cheddar on the side with salad & sour cream. Mmmmmm a perfect lunchtime warming meal on a damp Saturday lunchtime with quirky vignette stories from the "writer in residence" to read at the table.. Highly recommend this cosy cafe, which we will use again if we... More 

2 Thank Suffolk-Hobbit
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

Stumbled by mistake onto this little gem where you can have great coffee, pick a book, buy a book, a carpet or discuss everything there is under the sun! The owner authored a book called the Damascus Drum as well. I would strongly recommend stopping by when you are visiting the Scottish Borders region.

2 Thank Herndontourist
Selkirk, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

lovely character to the place staff were very atentative staff, food was lovely as was the coffee. An observation 2 lattes, 2 fruit scones, butter & Jam £9.00 oh dear dear thats the most expensive visit to any establishment that we have had up to date anywhere in the Scottish borders and we visit a few places in our travels... More 

1 Thank Souterman

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, European, Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Silver Street, Hawick, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Borders  >  Hawick
  • Phone Number: +44 7707 856123

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?