Upon arrival at The County Hotel were given a friendly welcome by the owner, who showed us to our room. The room itself was OK; there has obviously been some attempt to modernise what is a very old building and there are a few nice touches such as good quality toiletries, dressing gown and bottled water, but if you are looking for boutique luxury look elsewhere.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the single glazing and proximity to the main road means if, like us, you have a front-facing room, you have to put up with some noise of passing traffic.
The bathroom was small but clean and functional, let down only by the low-power electric shower. A more powerful mains-pressure unit would make a big difference.
The hotel offers a central location in the town, but unfortunately Selkirk itself has few redeeming features.
Of the few hostelries in the town The Cross Keys, The Queen’s Head and The Place are boarded up, leaving only the Town Arms, The Fleece and O’Malley’s. All of which I ventured in to and all of which have a very ‘locals only’, spit and sawdust vibe about them. The Lounge of the County Hotel itself is the nicest place in the town to sit for a drink and they have St Mungo’s lager (from the Glasgow-based West Brewery) on tap, which is a very welcome change from the usual Tennents or Stella.
The food in the brassiere was reasonable, the mussels and sea bass were well cooked but my wife’s medium-rare steak was more medium-well and my soufflé was more like scrambled egg, although very tasty at that.
The Scottish breakfast was well cooked good quality, and the staff throughout the hotel were all very pleasant and helpful.
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- Also Known As:
- County Hotel Selkirk, Scotland