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Scottish Borders Hotel | Bed and Breakfast | Black Bull Hotel Lauder

Black Bull Hotel Hotel is a privately owned hotel pleasantly situated in the peaceful town of Lauder

Scottish Borders Hotel

The Black Bull Hotel & Restaurant
Lauder  Berwickshire  TD2 6SR  UK
Tel: 01578 722208  Fax: 01578 722419

scottish borders hotel - Black Bull Lauder


The Black Bull Hotel is a splendid Scottish Borders Hotel situated proudly in the heart of the Lauder. The main A68 connecting runs through Lauder and connects Edinburgh to Newcastle. This recently upgraded coaching inn dates from the mid-nineteenth century, award winning hoteliers with many years hotel and restaurant experience within the Scottish Borders.

Catch a fish on the river, and the chef will cook it for you. But fear not, they won't send you out to bring home the beef for the Sunday roast, steaks and burgers. That said, we are talking local Borders beef, bought as a beast and hung for three weeks. The Black Angus rib roast is pink and served with dizzying Yorkshires and your personal jug of gravy, while the steaks are a revelation of what properly reared beef can be. Still not salivating? Black tiger prawns come to the table as crackling hot little explosions of sweet potato and coriander batter, while a bowl of smoky, creamy Cullen skink could hearten the most disappointed of fishermen. To finish, ice-cream confections would sweeten any child (although the boozy armagnac mousse is definitely the preserve of those above drinking age). The Black Bull Hotel's a class act, and this is evident not just in the cooking, but also in the fresh and well-presented front-of-house service, spoilt-for-choice wines by the glass and the endorsement of the 2007 Good Beer Guide.

The Sunday Herald's Joanna Blythman reviews the Black Bull and gives an 8.5 out of 10 rating

The peace and tranquillity of the beautiful Scottish Borders or the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city, can be enjoyed from this wonderful Scottish Border hotel set in the peaceful town of Lauder. Just 30 minutes south of Edinburgh you can enjoy the best of both worlds! The Royal Burgh of Lauder is a charming town, ideal for shopping, browsing or enjoying a stroll in the borders countryside. You may wish to walk into the surrounding hills, play golf, fish or explore the turbulent history of the Borders with visits to our ancient houses and abbey ruins or you may wish to visit Edinburgh and this Scottish Borders as the ideal base with excellent road links and frequent bus services.

You may, or course, just want to sit back by the fire, relax and unwind before enjoying a bar meal prepared with the very best of Scottish produce in our award winning restaurant. Most of our rooms are large all are en suite and enjoy views to the surrounding countryside.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Black Bull Hotel and to the Scottish Borders.


Golf, fishing, walking, cycling, Edinburgh (Castle, museums, Royal Yacht Britannia), Abbotsford and Traquair Houses, the Great Border Abbeys, Floors Castle. Weddings and Meetings (35). Children and dogs welcome. Swimming, walking, putting, trout fishing. Salmon fishing, shooting, riding, golf, off-road driving -all by arrangement.

The restaurant serves some of the finest food in the country. The menu changes daily. A fine dinner awaits you after a day filled with walking, touring, sporting or visiting nearby sites of interest.

Set in the very heart of the Borders, with the historic towns of Melrose, Galashiels, Kelso, Jedburgh, Duns, Peebles, Selkirk, Hawick or the capital city Edinburgh to the north all within 30 minutes - less than an hour away - there is always plenty to see and do.

Six miles south nestling on the banks of the Tweed, in the shadow of the Eildon Hills, Melrose lies at the very heart of the Scottish Borders. It is one of Scotland's ancient burghs, set in a valley which once attracted the Romans. They established the large fort of Trimontium. Christians from Lindisfarne followed in the 7th century, and built the predecessor of the current abbey, a little chapel at Old Melrose, two miles from the present town. In 1136, Kind David I founded the magnificent abbey whose ruins stand in the town today, where the heart of Robert the Bruce lies buried. This land of myth and legend, of beautiful and contrasting scenery, was the inspiration for Sir Walter Scott's historic novels whose descriptions brought 18th century visitors from around the world to experience the splendour at first hand.

History of the Black Bull Inn & Hotel The Black Bull Hotel in Lauder dates from the 18th century. This Scottish Borders hotel is reputedly the site of a peel , although no trace of such a building exists today. The land was sold in 1721 but the sasine does not mention a peel. The land was sold again in 1737 although this time the sasine does record a 'high house called the peel'. It seems reasonable to assume therefore that a peel may have been built between 1721 and 1737 but it is strange that a defensive building should be built during a period of peace and prosperity for the Burgh of Lauder. Whatever it's earlier history, what is certain, is that the Black Bull in Lauder served as a coaching inn for many years and in the early 19th century it was one of the busiest inns in the Borders. After the Treaty of Union in 1707, Lauder was situated on one of the main north-south routes through the Borders providing a convenient stage where the coach horses could be changed. One tale of the Black Bull  in Lauder refers to the son (Tom) of the head ostler who got into trouble and was sent to the Tolbooth jail. Tom was a post boy at the stables, and during the period of his incarceration, when all the other postboys were out, a post-chaise arrived, drawn by four horses with two postilions . His father was in quite a quandary and eventually decided to run to the jail and plead that Tom be released in order to attend to his duties. He was duly granted his freedom but it was not long before he was imprisoned again for another offence in the town! The building was enlarged in the 19th century to include the section on the left. Here you can see two tripartite windows, the ground floor set have an elegant round headed Palladian window with Gothic astragals. The earlier part of the building, to the right, is typically Scottish in detailing, notice the dormer windows at the eaves with their pedimented gables. It is conceivable that the Black Bull was once thatched. In the past this Scottish Borders Hotel was known as the Black Bull Inn and was one of several inns in Lauder providing stages for changing horses on the road between Edinburgh and the North of England as well as providing rest on the local routes to Jedburgh, Kelso and Duns.

Winners of the Scottish Tourist Board's 'Best Bar Meal 2004/2005' in the Borders
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The Black Bull named as one of the top ten scottish establishments of 2004 in the Sunday Herald


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Opening details

All year round

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Nearest Airport:



6 miles from Melrose - 25 miles south of Edinburgh

Nearest Bus Link:

Lauder Market Square

Number of Rooms Available

7 bedrooms (all en suite)

Nearest Railway Station:

Edinburgh or Berwick Upon Tweed

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