Press & Guide Books Commentary
The Wheatsheaf has been favourably written up in the press and also in a number of high-profile guidebooks.
June 2012 - The Scotsman on Sunday - "this is somewhere I’d happily spend another evening."
"If fishing on the Tweed was good but your catching bad, a meal at The Wheatsheaf is sure to assuage you... classic, unfussy dishes with a modern twist bring out the flavor of local produce."
Michelin Eating out in Pubs 2008
"Dishes range from classic combinations such as Chicken Liver Parfait with grape and apple chutney or sautéed lambs liver with onions and bacon on a spring onion mash, to more modern, internationally inspired options such as hot-smoked salmon with avocado and Greenland prawns on a mango and chilli salsa. An impressive vegetarian selection could include beetroot and tarragon risotto; or slow-roast aubergine with oregano, coriander, white peppercorns and garlic."
The Good Food Guide 2008
"A warm welcome is always guaranteed at the Wheatsheaf Hotel and Restaurant in the Scottish Borders - especially for guests who enjoy an active lifestyle."
Ambitions Magazine (Spring 2007)
The Wheatsheaf was "Very Highly Commended" in the 2006 "Scottish Hotel Informal Dining Award"
"In the middle of nowhere, a pub whose "friendly" new management are
establishing something of a reputation for "really tasty and inventive
cooking", using locally-sourced ingredients".
Hardens Guide 2006
Hardens guide is based on a survey of 8,000 restaurant goers.
"In the heart of the Borders, Wheatsheaf Restaurant with rooms is the base of choice for savvy fishermen and golfers."
The List (May 2005)
"John Keir, the Wheatsheaf Restaurant, nominated Scottish Gastropub Chef of the Year 2005."
Scottish Chef Awards 2005 Shortlist
"This was a gastropub before the word was even invented..."
The Sunday Times
"This restaurant with rooms has won more awards than the rest of the Borders restaurants put together."
The Sunday Times
"The Wheatsheaf, in the sleepy little village of Swinton, could be described as a country inn, a pub, a restaurant with rooms or a small hotel.... It is all of these, in fact, offering the guest warm hospitality, excellent food, a cosy snug bar, and attractive bedrooms with a homely touch."
Hotel Review Scotland
"... fine reputation for Scotch beef and Eyemouth seafood. Flexible, relaxed eating and drinking..."
The Sunday Herald
"It seems the kitchen is in safe and competent hands. Rest assured, a tradition of good food is indeed continuing at the Wheatsheaf. Long may it continue."
"I ended with a sticky ginger and pear pudding that reclaimed the flagging reputation of all British deserts and should immediately replace the tired créme brûlée on every global menu."
"A record year of trading is being celebrated at the Wheatsheaf Restaurant with rooms at Swinton-with a 73% rise in accommodation bookings and a total rise in revenue of 14%."