An uneventful trip into Scotland culminated in the Wetherspoons at Galashiels , as it must.  I’d suggested a detour to the “Born in the Borders” brewery so Mrs RM could stock up on bottles of Game Bird, but she was focused on the posh supper in Melrose I’d promised her.

First we checked out her accommodation for the next few weeks.

Mrs RM’s hotel in Melrose
Mrs RM’s new local.  Burt’s was closed on Sunday afternoon.

Half an hour later, with places called “Apples for Jam“, “The Hoebridge” and “Eat at Dave’s” all closed, we made for the Wetherspoons.

But not without a fight.  Mrs RM was keen to see if Gala on a Sunday afternoon was as scary as I’d painted it back in May.

Galashiels WhatPub.PNG

To be fair, the answer is “No”.  The drizzle suited Gala.

A shame the kilt shop was closed.

Kilts and reivers

We found a couple of atmospheric looking boozers, but Mrs RM chickened out.

Auld House
The Harrow

You’ll remember Charles and I bottled the Hunters Hall as well back in the Spring; battling through a phalanx of smokers and mobility scooters for a pub not in the Guide a step too far.  Back then I never would have thought I’d get a second chance to use my Spoons vouchers here.

Classic Spoons

Make the most of my driving you” said Mrs RM. So I did.

I sense that less Spoons have staff really enthusiastic about their beers these days, and a large range often tells you nothing about quality.  But the staff here were superb.

I asked the barmaid for a recommendation and got this.  She didn’t even make me have a taster.

First 80/ of the trip

I see you taking photos of pumpclips.  I’ll out you as one of them CAMRAs“.

The chap standing next to me awaiting an Abbot was joking, I hope.  I think the Spoons voucher would have outed me sufficiently.

That 80/ must have been good (NBSS 3.5); I’d finished it before Mrs RM had finished choosing her selection from the gourmet  menu, so I nipped back for a Cauld Reekie.

A Cauld Reekie

A significant bit of calculation followed at the bar to determine whether my 6.2% pint for £1.49 (NBSS 4) broke the minimum pricing regulations.  Obviously not.

It was gorgeous, and Mrs RM sat looking like a sad puppy dog hating her Diet Coke more by the minute.

Proper head on the beer, too.

Northern head

We’d ordered our food on the App, being 21st century folk.  It’s possible I became the first person ever to use the App here, and certainly the first to order the Quinoa Salad, while Mrs RM stuck to meat.

Chicken dips

Pub entertainment came from the Abbot man trying to out me at the bar, who for reasons unknown was playing “Stuck in the middle with you” on his I-Phone.  I believe it’s the current No.1 in Galashiels.

Stuck in the middle

Because I was enjoying myself so much, I ordered a pint of Abbot (NBSS 4) via the App.  Because I can.  Only now am I realising I missed a chance to use another Spoons voucher.

3 of the best pints of cask I’d had all month,  from a plain looking Spoons in a plain Borders town. Perhaps there is hope for Scottish cask after all.



  1. Lots of interesting stuff in this– the guy playing Stuck in the Middle with You on his phone was like something straight out of BRAPA! I must say I felt bad for Mrs RM, stuck with a diet coke; reminds me of a line from an old Peanuts strip: “It’s like giving a starving dog a rubber bone.” 😉


  2. That Cauld Reekie looks gorgeous; and doubly so at the price you paid! 👍

    “a from a plain looking Spoons”

    Think that first bit should be ‘and’. 😉


    PS – you’ll be happy to know my posts for the next few days will be short as the video card on my desktop crapped out so I have to resort to my phone for a few days. 😏

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  3. Great post RM – enjoyable as always…

    Despite the missed opportunity on the app order – that must have knocked a hole in the first batch of 2018 Spoon vouchers?

    Have those chicken wings been half eaten or were they served like that? Nice variation on the usual food plate photo…

    By the way as a newby to the blog I am going back to the beginning to read up – does the Fitbit still feature or will I read that it got lost on the journey?

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    1. Seem to have used 4 Spoons tokens already. It was a good start, as they say in “300”.

      Def half eaten ! Spoons isn’t that bad.

      Re: fitbit, It kept falling off so I just use the free app on my phone. Walk 10 miles most day unless stuck in Cambridge but got less obsessed !

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