Experience our exclusive hotel, bar and restaurant in Melrose

For as long as we can remember our classic Scottish bar, restaurant and hotel has been delighting customers with large tasty plates, fine and favourite drinks and the best night's sleep thanks to the comfiest beds in town. We’re well suited for any type of guest - whether in the area for work, off on a hiking or cycling adventure, visiting family and friends or tying the knot with a loved one. Come and join us for an exotic steak, quick drink and stay for some great entertainment!

Bar and lounge

Our fantastic bar and lounge offers a collection of daytime snacks including coffee, tea and cakes as well as a great evening service where families, friends and colleagues can relax in a traditional but contemporary setting. 

During the spring and summer our courtyard provides additional space which we open for eating and drinking. We’ve carefully created an intimate space for everyone to enjoy. 
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A beautiful room in George & Abbotsford Hotel

Stay with us

We’ve designed a collection of unique, luxurious rooms available throughout the year for visitors to Scotland, business trips and party groups. We’ve included all the amenities you’d expect and added some extra special touches you’ll love. And of course, for extra special events you can upgrade your sleepy stay to our four-poster bedroom - ideal for weddings, anniversaries and valentine’s day treats.

We recommend booking before you visit, our rooms are usually booked well in advance.

Our history

The town of Melrose grew outwards from a collection of buildings around the main gate of its famous monastery whose mantle wall ran down the line of the present High Street opposite the Hotel. The Hotel occupies a site, which has been in use for well over three hundred years, the first indication being in Charter of Apprising by the Earl of Haddington in 1667 when property belonging to John Leithead was mentioned.

Various names are mentioned through the 1750s and 1760s but the first indication of the George Inn appears to be when David Kyle owned the property. This was the period when the Inn became famous, for not only was Kyle a colourful personality, but he was drawn upon by Sir Walter Scott in the Introduction "The Monastery", the Waverley Novel dealing most particularly with Melrose. These days were perhaps the forerunners of the Hotel's fame as a fishing base for Kyle was ever ready to take his guests to the river and offer his advice.
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A traditional bagpipe player outside the George & Abbotsford Hotel
A room in our hotel of George & Abbotsford Hotel
Another Innkeeper to leave his mark, but in a very different way, was William Davidson, formerly a farmer near the historic house of Bemersyde. He was much involved with the United Secession Church and feud land at the rear of the Inn for a Meeting house to be built. This eventually developed into the United Presbyterian Church whose members now worship in High Cross Church.

The George Inn was well known in the coaching days, with both the Edinburgh to Jedburgh and the Edinburgh to Newcastle coaches using it on both their northward and southbound journeys. The Inn enjoyed a good reputation for looking after the travellers, and their stabling and care of the horses was considered the best in the district, the latter being important as the Melrose section of road was then one of the worst parts of the journey.
Sir Walter Scott was, of course, well known although the only record of his having stayed at the Inn was in 1803 when he accompanied William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy - this, of course, being before Abbotsford was built. The size of the Inn in these days may be judged from the fact that Scott and Wordsworth had to share a room, the landlady refusing to make the arrangements until she had Sir Walters agreement. The word "Abbotsford" in the present name obviously owes its inclusion to Scott's connection although it is not clear when this was first used, the earliest mention of the George and Abbotsford Hotel Company in 1876.

The building has grown over the years and its fame has changed from a coaching Inn to a fishing Hotel, but there is still a similarity between the hospitality and good service of the New Millennium and the wholesome, although generous, fare of David Kyle's day.
The hotel restaurant in George & Abbotsford Hotel
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