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“Worthy of a top restaurant not just a coffee shop!!”
Review of The Pickled Orange

The Pickled Orange
Ranked #8 of 43 Restaurants in Hawick
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $14
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
Description: We are a small family run business, open since 2007,all of our food is unique and created with love, care and attention to detail, from our ever popular hot hand-carved gammon with melting brie PLOUGHMAN'S LUNCH to our guest SCONES and CAKES (including gluten-free and sugar-free options) Hot BREAKFASTS are available all day and are great value for money as well as being the best in Hawick, so we've been told! We are a licensed cafe so you can enjoy a wee wine or 2 with your LUNCH (available from noon until 5pm) Small, cosy and informal, we have many regular customers who return daily so please feel free to call to reserve a table so as to avoid disappointment. Our menus are displayed on blackboards to facilitate the frequent changes. all our food is made from quality raw ingredients. With love and imagination. By Chef Owner Ruth Thomson and her staff, we hope to see you soon and that you enjoy your visit
Reviewed March 27, 2014

Couldn't believe the food on offer! So different to your normal soup and sandwich in your average coffee shop. I don't think the people that gave this place one star actually ate in the same place as me as I couldn't fault this place. The atmosphere is cosy and extremely friendly and I didn't know what to choose from the menu. Eventually went for green lentil & chorizo soup which tasted delicious and really warming on a cold day. To follow I had buttermilk chicken with sweet chilli potato purée - the chicken melted in the mouth and the chilli potato gave it that little extra boost and flavour. Overall not a thing I could fault as it was also cheaper than your average bar meal. Lovely place - we'll be back :0)

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Reviewed March 22, 2014

My family and I were looking for somewhere to have a quick lunch in Hawick, we usually go to Turnbulls, but thought we would try somewhere new and spotted an intriguing sign leading down a narrow alley to a cafe called The Pickled Orange.
We were quite disappointed from the outset ... the decor was unremarkable bordering on dismal but we soldiered on in the belief that sometimes the best food can be found in the most uninviting of places. We needed help with the menu on a chalk board which had writing more suited to a doctor's prescription pad. Nor was it vegetarian-friendly and a menu devoid of fish should have been an indicator.
The trouble is we had reached the point of no return and so without causing embarrassment all-round we stayed the course and two of us plumped for the green pea and mint soup while our remaining third opted for an egg mayonnaise baguette.
The soup arrived full of promise. It looked inviting and smelled fresh and delightful - sadly appearances can be deceptive. There was more than a pinch of salt in the soup which masked all other tastes. Several minutes after the soup arrived the baguette arrived - it too contained more salt than a glass of seawater and the salad was limp and had given up the will to live rather reflecting our mood. Our hearts sank as the second course of cheese and tomato toasted sandwiches arrived and looked as appealing as a cold bucket of vomit. The rubbery cheese oozed out of the white bread as though it had just escaped from Porton Down laboratories.
The desert menu had looked rather inviting but we'd lost our appetite by then and asked for the bill. My old mum once cautioned against wandering down dark alleys at night saying it was inviting trouble - she's right ... except this was daylight.

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4  Thank DaisyJaneZ
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ruth t, Owner at The Pickled Orange, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2014

I am so sorry that you did not enjoy your visit to The Pickled Orange
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If you had brought your issues to our attention at the time, rest assured we would have done our utmost to rectify any issues you had.

Please accept our offer of coffee and cakes on the house on your next visit, just ask for Ruth Thomson

Kindest Regards

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Reviewed March 17, 2014

You would not come across this wonderful small restaurant by chance ~ it's a bit hidden up a lane with only an A-board on the main street to advertise it. But take the trouble to find it ~ it's REALLY excellent! We were recommended it by a young couple and my goodness they were right.

As others have said, it's not smart in the plastic-and-chrome sense, but the food there is superb. I suppose they may have a microwave somewhere but it was certainly not evident in the cooking. Everything was freshly prepared (so you will have to wait a few minutes) but it was delicious, and the two staff, I think mother and daughter owners, could not have been more helpful.

We had Cullen Skink [for non-Scots this is a wonderful soup with smoked haddock and potato - try it!] and a pudding for a light lunch on a long journey. Absolutely ideal; not too heavy but filled a tummy-rumble gap perfectly. There is a wide range of other dishes available, some as 'specials' for that day, and all of it "real".

And the prices were very reasonable indeed for such quality. As I said in the heading, don't go anywhere else!

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ruth t, Owner at The Pickled Orange, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2014

Lovely review, Thank you so much!

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Reviewed March 16, 2014

Good for tea/coffee and has great scones - ours were still warm and fresh. a bit drab inside but good value for money.

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ruth t, Owner at The Pickled Orange, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2014

thank you for your review!

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Reviewed March 9, 2014

We called in for a coffee and scone . The café had a lovely homely atmosphere and the staff were friendly and helpful , the scone was delicious and you could have a second cup of coffee free of charge and this was all very reasonably priced .

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ruth t, Owner at The Pickled Orange, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2014

thank you for your comments!

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