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Beer in the Borders

It’s the ‘Year of Food & Drink’ here in Scotland and March has been designated as ‘Brewing and Distilling’ month – the time to celebrate all the different beers, ales, bitters, ciders, vodkas and gins that Scotland has to offer! (Whisky comes later!)

So, we thought we’d take a look at some of our local breweries and the best local watering holes to enjoy a nice cold pint in.

Broughton Brewery


Located just 12 miles from Peebles is the Broughton Brewery which produces a number bottled beers as well as a wide variety of permanent and seasonal cask ales.

Since opening in 1979 they have grown and grown in popularity and their beers and ales can now be found in a number of countries across the world, reaching as far afield as Canada!

You can keep up with all their latest news via their Twitter feed or, if you fancy treating yourself to a taste of the Borders, visit their online shop to see a selection of their most popular products.

Freewheelin’ Brewing Co.

Freewheelin Brewery

Just down the road in West Linton is the Freewheelin’ microbrewery who produce a small number of quality ales and lagers that are available to buy right here in Peebles at Villenueve Wines. Alternatively, you’ll find them behind the bar at a number of local pubs including The Crown and The Bridge Inn in Peebles as well as The Leadburn Inn and The Gordon Arms in West Linton

Local Pubs & Bars

Springtime in the Borders is absolutely fantastic and there’s nothing better, after a day of exploring, than enjoying a nice cold pint in the sunshine.

The Cross Keys – Originally built in 1693, this is the oldest inn in Peebles and was recently taken over and refurbished by the Wetherspoons chain. It has been brought bang up to date with a modern décor and large beer garden.

The Bridge Inn – Fantastic little pub with a real local feel that hosts a number of events including live music, quiz nights and games nights. Plenty of options on tap and they regularly have local guest ales and beers.

Peebles Hydro – For something a bit different, head over to our (big) sister hotel and enjoy a Hendrick’s Afternoon Tea. A delicious selection of pastries, sandwiches and scones as well as a refreshing Scottish gin and tonic to wash it all down. (Pints and a cracking view also available.)