The Allan Ramsay Hotel dates back to 1792 as an original coaching inn.
When I had the opportunity to review this hotel I was looking forward to something a bit different. it’s a change from what I would normally visit. A traditional old school hotel with amazing food and lovely owners.
From Newcastle to Carlops is a beautiful drive. We took the back road up through Wooler and Coldstream to the beautiful foot of the Pentlands Hills, Carlops.
This hotel is the perfect place to relax in front of the log fire, plenty of drinks from the bar, good chat and plenty of history to offer.
The location is perfect for nature lovers and walkers. There are lots of walks up and around the hills. Not only that, the history of course. This 18th-century hotel is dedicated to the famous poet Allan Ramsey and attracts visitors from all over the world.
The Allan Ramsey Hotel
Allan Ramsey is a famous poet that dates back to 1686 and a historical figure alongside Keats and another famous Scotsman Robert burns.
Allan Ramsay is famous for his essay writing and poetry and his also famous Son, Allan Ramsay was a commissioned artist and examples of his paintings can be found amongst the hotel.
The hotel has four rooms upstairs above the bar and restaurant. All with on-suite facilities and traditional features.
We stayed in the family room which had plenty of space and was clean and comfortable. With anything, you needed like a cot, double bed, single bed and sofa bed if you need it too. The shower was really big too! It’s a perfect stop-off location if your travelling or looking for a weekend in the city centre and the country too.
When I knew I was going to a traditional country inn style hotel, I knew the food would be fab!
I was nervous at first that maybe with it being traditional and in a small village that it might not have Gluten-free options. But the hotel and staff went out of their way to provide a gluten-free option or change the recipe if I needed.
We had the homemade steak pie which as you can see was brilliant cooked and tasted beautiful. I had the chicken with lovely fresh green beans and the sauce was delicious! all fresh local foods which were even better!
The chef travels in from Edingburgh and she takes great pride in the menu and food she chooses to cook. The staff were incredible and very helpful. Lots of people came in from nearby places for the food which always speaks volume.
Food is served from 12pm noon and breakfast from 07.30am weekdays. Later on weekends. We had a lovely lie-in and lovely breakfast with eggs well made and gluten-free toast. We had an opportunity to explore the hotel a little more and see the bar made from pennies and true sculpture and history of the building. The original glass stain was beautiful.
We explored the small library they have and I was shocked. They have books that date back years! 5th edition thesaurus and plenty more to explore. My inner nerd loved it!
The Allan Ramsay Hotel host events throughout the year ranging from nature talks to Halloween event. And the highlight which attracts people from across the world is Allan Ramsy themed nights. You can find out about them on their website.
Scottish Tourist Board
The hotel has now won the 3 star award from the Scottish Tourist Board and the owners are very proud of this. They have tried very hard of the last few years to try and turn the hotel into a traditional but popular place for people to visit. And then visit again. The personal touch they give on each visit is what makes people go back and I really can’t wait to head back one day.