Our Hotel 

"The Coonty", as it is affectionately known by the townsfolk, is proud to be a supporter of many local organisations and charitable societies. The hotel has its earliest beginnings traceable to 1746 and remains an important part of Selkirk's history. In earlier times the hotel operated under the name "The Grapes Inn".

The hotel has had many prominent guests during its time as the meeting place for The Forest Club, who's members included Sir Walter Scott, Mungo Park and Prince Leopold of the Belgians.

Under new (private family) ownership since the end of June 2018, our enthusiastic and dedicated team are a valuable asset, and we encourage and enable the personal development of all our staff so that we may provide products and services which will delight our customers.

We have an ongoing and extensive program of refurbishments and upgrades in progress during the remainder of 2018, and we have scheduled these with first class, local tradesmen so as not to disturb our guests or detract from your enjoyment of our hospitality.

Located at the heart of this thriving market town, we offer food, tea and coffee starting at 7:30am (Mon-Fri) and 8:30am (Sat-Sun). The bars are open for the service of alcoholic drinks from 11:00am daily, closing at 11:00pm Sun-Thurs and Midnight Fri-Sat.

We are "dog friendly", and your well-behaved four-legged friends will be welcome in the lower area of our lounge bar or our courtyard garden (weather permitting). Children and young persons are also welcome at all times (if hotel residents) or until 6:00pm for light refreshments or until closing time for meals.

Coffee Lounge and Bar

The Blue Thistle Lounge opens at 07:30 Mon-Fri and 8:30 Sat-Sun. Full Breakfasts are available until noon, and alcoholic beverages are served from 11:00 until close.

Tea, coffee and cakes are served from open until close, which is 23:00 Sun-Thurs and 00:00 Fri-Sat. The full restaurant menu is also available from 12:00 to close, daily.

Restaurants and Bars

We have two further restaurants, each with their own bar facilities. "The Blue Thistle" is on the ground floor while "Scott's Hall" is on the first floor. Please CLICK HERE for more details.


Currently we have 9 comfortable, well-appointed bedrooms, all with En Suite showers; most are either newly or recently refurbished. Please CLICK HERE

Events & Functions

Aside from our comfortable coffee lounge / cocktail bar, We have a self-contained function suite - Scott's Hall - which is suitable for gatherings of up to 110 folk and our Blue Thistle Restaurant which will seat 42 folk. Both the Hall and the Restaurant can be made available for exclusive use for either social events or private meetings. Please note that, as a rule, we do not charge "room hire" for social events, and our charges for private meetings are very modest. Please contact us to discuss your specific reuqirements, and CLICK HERE to see our current schedule of events.

Nice to Know

  • A warm welcome, attentive service and great food
  • Free on-site parking (subject to availabily).
  • Free WiFi in all areas
  • Well behaved dogs and children welcome
  • Additional free public parking close by