Tucked away on the A698 Jedburgh to Kelso road, the Caddy Mann restaurant is a real hidden gem – and now the hideaway has been shortlisted in that category in our sister paper the Scotsman’s food and drink awards.
Customers will be able to place their votes for the restaurant, the only one in the Borders to feature in the Hidden Gem category.
Chef Ross Horrocks is in charge in the kitchen, while his wife Lynne runs front of house, and the couple come up with different menus daily depending on what local produce is available.
Ross told us: “Lynne and I are absolutely delighted at reaching the final 12 businesses in the whole of Scotland in the Scotsman food and drink hidden gem category.
“We hope that the public will give us their vote and we can make us all proud in the Scottish Borders.”
Not afraid of a bit of experimentation or pushing the boundaries, Ross regularly serves up squirrel (complete with crispy squirrel balls) and during the Tesco horsemeat scandal, he sourced some horse steaks to show just how delicious they were – a brave move in horse-lovers’ country!
The Caddy Mann is up against other rural establishments, such as Brodies in Moffat, North Harbour Bistro on the Isle of Harris and the Stevenson Tea Room in Sumburgh Head, Shetland, as well as a couple that are off the beaten track in Edinburgh – Leftfield and Aurora.
Ross is no stranger to awards, with a long list of nominations and wins in national competitions.
The hidden gem title will be decided by Scotsman readers in an online poll and it’sopen now. To vote for your favourite, visit scotsmanfoodanddrinkawards. co.uk/hidden-gem
The winner will be announced at an awards night at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on September 4.