Situated in the rural village of Denholm, The Auld Cross Keys is a lovely place to stay in a central location in the Borders. Perfect for weekend getaways, it is roughly an hour away from Edinburgh, Newcastle and Carlisle, and great as a base for exploring Rulewater and the surrounding area of the Teviot valley.
Dave, Karen and their staff give a friendly warm welcome, and have regular returning visitors from all corners of the world. I love the atmosphere as soon as you step into the lounge with its tartan carpets and open fire, a real Scottish Borders home away from home. Guests include walkers, golfers, cyclists, people seeking a spot of fishing, corporate business people, people using the Borders as a half-way point on their journey, couples, families, and those looking to get away from it all. Be sure to visit the patio area out the back on a warm summer evening for a relaxed chill-out drink.
Rooms Rooms are warm, clean and cosy, there is a ground floor bedroom with disabled access, including a level access toilet and shower and disabled parking just outside the door. Capable of sleeping 26 guests comfortably. Facilities include free wi-fi, flat screen tv, tea and coffee making, cycle storage, secure gun storage and ample parking round the back,
Food Meals are delicious, with locally sourced meat, fish and vegetables, it hasn't travelled far from field to plate. Featuring a set stable menu of pub favourites, I'd recommend the Steak and Ale Pie, but also a varied specials board The Sunday carvery is an ultimate must - book in advance to avoid disappointment - my favourite being the pork and lamb, with some roast tatties, carrots, and if the leek in cream sauce is on, well that's perfection on a plate right there. They even do takeaway fish and chips and I daresay would set you up for a hike with a packed lunch if you asked them!