ABBEY COFFEE SHOP, BUCCLEUCH STREET
Located, as you might expect, beside Melrose's old abbey, the
Abbey Coffee Shop is a nice place with nice foody smells.
Usually just one soup per day, like 'Lentil'.
RUSSELL'S COFFEE SHOP, 28 MARKET SQUARE
Russell's is a small award-winning coffee shop overlooking
Melrose's mercat cross in Market Square. It's a busy sort of
place with tables and chairs (always an encouraging sign) and
lots of folk chewing and chomping. Just one soup on each day,
like 'Carrot and Orange'.
THE CELLAR COFFEE SHOP, 17 MARKET SQUARE
Located in the corner of Market Square and Abbey Street, this is
a nice place. The Cellar Coffee Shop is in the same premises as
Abbey Fine Wines, and to get to the soup bit you have to thread
your way through orderly and intriguing piles of interesting
wines and ales and sweeties and what have you. The coffee shop
has loads of atmosphere, a desirable quality amongst us soup
slurpers that is lacking slightly in the other two coffee shops
in the town. It's just the sort of dim comfy interior that you
could lounge around in for far too long, slurping stuff like
'Vegetable' soup. Vegetable soup is in itself an intriguing
thing. I often wonder if it is one lone unnamed vegetable or
lots of 'em all squidged up together. To me, asking for a bowl
of vegetable soup is akin to going into a newsagent and asking
for a newspaper. It's lacking in specificity. I WANNA KNOW WHAT
THE VEGETABLES ARE!
MILLERS OF MELROSE, 2 HIGH STREET
This is not a coffee shop or tearoom. It's a butchers, and one
that you should not miss if you're anywhere in or near Melrose.
Put quite simply, it is a shop in a million. Millers of Melrose
is a fourth-generation family butchers that was founded in 1857,
and is in fact one of the oldest butcher shops in Britain. You
don't get to stick around for just so long without doing
something right. In addition to meat and produce from the local
area (they are 'Home to the Famous Eildon Hill Haggis'), they
magically turn some of what they stock into pies, and these are
no ordinary pies. When I was there the window display included
'Cauliflower Cheese and Sweet Potato' pies and 'Black Pudding
and Course Mashed Potato with a Honey and Whisky Glaze' pies,
all made on the premises. Sigh. The sign above the entrance
reads, 'FOR THOSE ABOUT TO COOK.' Well, Millers of Melrose, we