Melrose is a small village, off of the A6091, with a population of about 2,000. It is popular with tourists who visit Melrose Abbey, one of four large Abbeys in the area. This means it has lots of gift shops and small Cafes.

Borders Abbey Walk

Real Ale Trail

Four out of the five pubs sell real ale. These are all in a line on the High Street or just of it and easily seen. The Ship Inn is at the top of the Market Square beside the roundabout. Walking down from this is Burt's Hotel, closely followed by The George & Abbotsford. Then, almost immeditely The Kings Arms.
Ignore the word bar above or on the door

All of the drinking venues are on, or just off, the one street. At the roundabout at the top of the High Street (strictly speaking Market Place) is the Ship Inn. Leaving here cross over the road and walk down the left side of the High Street. Just around the first corner is The Station Hotel.
Continue down the High Street and find in quick succession, all on the left, Burt's Hotel, The George and Abbotsford Hotel and the King's Arms.
A short walk further down the hill brings you to The Greenyards, home of Melrose Rugby Football Club.
Beware of the word 'Bar' on or above a door as this inevitably is the lounge.

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Have a drink, I'll look better.

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The Ship Inn has two entrance doors. The left hand side one has bar written above it. Howeever this takes you to the more lounge like side of the pub. This has small tables and a soft chairs, although it is dominated by two large TV screens and has a darts board. The other side of the pub has a pool table and another large TV. this side goes back further to more seating and another smaller TV. It then leads out to a large beer garden.

Have a couple here

real ale : Deuchars (hidden away at far side of lounge), Flying Scotsman
heavy: McEwan's 70/-, John Smiths (+cold)
lager: McEwan's, Fosters, Heinekin,Amstel
Cider: Strongbow Guinness + ice cold

Enter The Station Hotel via the bar door which takes you to a small serving area in a split level bar of two rooms. There is a mix of soft chairs and stools, tables and coffee tables, on a wooden floor. There is a restuarant at the left hand side of the hotel and food is served in the bar.

have a half pint

heavy: Bellhaven Best,
lager: Carlsberg, Tennent's
  Guinness + ice cold

Burt's Hotel is the plush (three star) hotel in town. The right front of the hotel has the lounge bar while the expensive restuarant is through to the back of the hotel. The lounge mainly caters for excellent bar meals although there is good space at the bar for drinking.
Good Pub Guide 2013
Good Beer Guide 2016 (CAMRA)
Have a couple here
real ale: Landlord, Deuchars, Foxy Blonde (Scottish Borders Brewery)
heavy: Bellhaven Best
lager: Carlsberg, San Miguel
Cider: Addlestone Guinness

The George & Abbotsford is a two star hotel. The reception takes you to a gift and beer shop, estate agent adverts on the wall, and second hand books for sale. The restuarant/bar meal is staright ahead while the lounge is to the left. The lounge feel is destroyed by the large TV screen over the mantlepiece and the pool table in front of it. Courtyard area to rear.
Good Pub Guide 2013
Good Beer Guide 2013 (CAMRA), 2016
Have a couple here
real ale: Dark Island, Foxy Blonde (Scottish Borders Brewery), Tyneside
Blonde, Northern Light - always 4 guest ales
heavy: Bellhaven Best
lager: Stella, Carlsberg
Cider: Stowford Press Guinness

Have a drink, I'll look better.

The King's Arms has two entrances, the left is reception and restuarant. The right, labelled bar, is the drinking area and is more than a bar but not quite a lounge. There are not many tables but bar meals are avaialble at them.
Good Beer Guide 2013 (CAMRA)

Have one here

real ale: usually 3 real ales eg
  Deuchars, Adnams New Zealand Pale Ale,
Landlord, Cockerhoop, Equinox (Everads)
heavy: Bellhaven Best, John Smiths cold
lager: Tennent's cold, Carlsberg, Stella
Cider: Strongbow Guiness


The Greenyards is the ground of the Melrose rugby football club where the bar is open on match days.

heavy: John Smiths cold
lager: Heinekin, Fosters
Cider: Strongbow Guinness

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