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Burts Hotel in Melrose.
Burts Hotel in Melrose.

Burts Hotel in Melrose has been named as Scotland’s County Dining Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide Awards for 2015.

The prestigious award recognises the hotel’s winning combination of wonderful food and welcoming Bistro Bar.

Owner Nick Henderson said that the high standard of all the establishments in the town helped to push the standards ever higher.

“Melrose has gone from strength to strength and the bar has been raised in the last four of five years.

“There are at least eight or nine food operations, all of which you would be happy to have a meal in.”

Mr Henderson added that the efforts of others in the town to make sure it looked its best all year round also helped hotels, cafes and pubs make the most of the tourists.

“People drive in to the town and see it looking spectacular thanks to the volunteers of Melrose in Bloom and the independent traders and people stop, park their car and wander round the town.

“There is a fair amount of joined up thinking here, and Melrose is such a great community to live in, and have two businesses in - Burts and The Townhouse.

“The whole package is great, and we are just a part of that.”

The Henderson family have owned and run the hotel for more than 40 years and are passionate supporters of local food and drink.

This is reflected in the menus, which always feature dishes made with the highest quality ingredients, many sourced locally, and the quality of the puddings and bread is down to the hotel’s dedicated pastry chef.

A whisky menu, range of cask ales and fine wines has also helped make Burts a favourite for locals and visitors.

Mr Henderson said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Good Pub Guide has recognised Burts as ‘County Dining Pub of the Year’.

“This highly prestigious award recognises the fact that every dish featured on our menus is home-made.

“Our dedication to using quality local produce that is prepared with infinite care and attention is absolutely the hallmark of Burts.”

Mr Henderson added: “The whole team is very proud that our service and food have been awarded by such an esteemed publication as the Good Pub Guide.”

The Good Pub Guide website calls Burts a “comfortable town-centre hotel with imaginative food and a fine array of malt whiskies”.