The Tontine, High Street, Peebles EH45 8AT
RATING: Food 4, Atmosphere 3, Service 4, Drinks (not tried), Toilets 2.5, Website 3.5
After strolling along the Tweedbank path in the early-morning mist, where the only sounds were birds, the occasional sheep and the soothing rumble of the river, a warming pot of coffee and a bacon roll appealed. I spotted The Tontine Hotel, an imposing 1807 townhouse with a Robert Adam-style dining-room, in the middle of the sleepy Borders town. The wood-panelled entrance led to me a comfortable lounge and I was greeted by a pleasant waitress. Coffee was no problem but a bacon roll was not on the menu at just after 9am. However, she trotted off and the chef was more than happy to produce a bacon sandwich on brown. I’m glad he did. It was one of the best I’ve tasted with the bacon having a pleasant smoky edge. I really didn’t need the brown sauce. A leisurely read through a national newspaper and I was ready to go again. The hotel is popular with locals – there were several groups of pensioners who obviously rendezvous regularly – and I’d be happy to visit again. Yes, I’d have another bacon sandwich it was that good.