Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Among its many secrets, Traquair has its own brewery. Originally an 18th-Century domestic brewery supplying the demand of the house and its estate workers, the brewery was disused some time after 1800, until the 20th Laird of Traquair, Peter Maxwell Stuart, rediscovered its previous occupation and re-launched it, offering its wares to a much wider audience in 1965.
Traquair House Ales are now available to buy wholesale and online - the superior flavour of the beer is certainly owed to using no artificial preservatives and utilising the water that runs in the underground streams of the estate.
If all that exploration leaves you in need of rejuvenation, where better to indulge in a spot of rest and relaxation than at the 1745 Cottage Restaurant. Presenting all that is good about home cooking, the restaurant serves up homemade soups and lunches alongside a wealth of home-baked sweet treats - the fluffy scones smothered in jam being my particular favourite. A variety of salads, sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes can be savoured at lunchtime, offering a real taste of traditional and simple food. children's portions will keep the little ones happy while a selection of afternoon teas are ideal if you fancy something light - and of course, for those long and lazy afternoons a pint or two of Traquair Ale doesn't go amiss. Simply delightful.