Caddon View adds to Innerleithen's cafe culture

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Caddon View, an award-winning country guest house and restaurant in Innerleithen, has undergone its latest transformation, with owners Steve and Lisa Davies (pictured) creating a whole new food and drink experience this summer.

Last month, the couple unveiled The Sitooterie, a stylish new cafe tucked away in a delightfully-secret spot overlooking the house’s hidden garden, which has already gained a strong following amongst visitors and locals alike.

Steve and Lisa have run Caddon View for the past 12 years, gradually upgrading the 160-year-old former Victorian doctor’s surgery and turning it into one of the area’s most acclaimed accommodation and restaurant options.

During this time, Caddon View has won a host of major tourism awards. It was recently the Scottish nominee in the Friendliest B&B category of the AA’s prestigious B&B Awards for 2019. It has also previously won Scottish Guest House of the Year, plus Scottish Taste Awards and Hospitality Gold Medals at the Scottish Hotel Awards, and is listed in both the Michelin Guide and Good Hotel Guide. 

The new café serves morning coffee, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, plus a daily changing evening menu that was previously served in Caddon View’s acclaimed restaurant.

“The food ethos remains the same as in our award-winning restaurant, with local, seasonal food, all freshly prepared on site,” explained Steve. The list of local suppliers includes Burnside Farm Foods, Tempest Brewery, Shaws Meats and Terroir Wines.

The next stage of the café’s development will be to host wine-tasting events and other themed evenings that will appeal to local residents as well as visitors staying at Caddon View.

Steve and Lisa’s plans are just the latest example of tourism innovation in a town that is full of growth and energy – with a variety of high-quality shops, galleries and accommodation having opened in Innerleithen over the past year or so.

In June, the town hosted the inaugural Transcend Bike Festival, while planning for a Mountain Biking Centre of Excellence in the heart of Innerleithen, plus construction of a world-class bike park, are at an advanced stage.

“These are exciting times for Innerleithen,” commented Steve. “With our new café venture, we’re delighted to add to the buzz!”

Further info

The Sitooterie is open 9am-5pm, Tues to Sat. Dinner reservations also available from 7pm. For more, call Caddon View on 01896 830208, or visit www.caddonview.co.uk

Rich Rowe