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lmcsherr Mar 9, 2012 10:02 AM

We're ending the day at Vindolanda, on Hadrian's Wall. We need to be at Dumfries at 11am the next morning. Where do you recommend we eat in that area?

I know its a wide mark, but we'll base our sleeping accommodations on where we have dinner (if that helps you make a recommendation).

We'll be in a car. We like a wide variety of food, fresh trumps processed, and we don't like 'innards' otherwise we're up for pretty much anything.

thanks muchly!
a Seattle CH

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    alisonk Mar 9, 2012 12:31 PM

    The Scotland boards can be quite slow, so I will try to help, even though I don't really know Dumfries. There used to be a restaurant called the Plumed Horse, which got excellent reviews. Don't know if it is still there - I think it might have relocated to Edinburgh....

    I don't know when you will finish the day on Hadrians Wall, or how far away from Dumfries you finish, but, Glasgow to Dumfries only takes about an hour and a half in the car - mostly motorway - if you were really struggling to find somewhere that might be a good bet.

    In Newton Stewart, quite close by, there is the Bladnoch inn, think there is a distillery associated with it too if that is your thing.... If I can think of anywhere else I will let you know.

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    1. re: alisonk
      lmcsherr Mar 10, 2012 01:37 PM

      thanks! I'll check these ideas out.

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      Harters Mar 9, 2012 01:30 PM

      The Borders is not prime gastro territory.

      However, assuming you have reasonably deep pockets, an overnight stay and dinner at Farlam Hall would be an excellent possibility. This is a classic British country house hotel with food and service to match.

      My review from last summer - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/796871

      And their website - http://www.farlamhall.co.uk/

      Driving time to Dumfries is about an hour.

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      1. re: Harters
        lmcsherr Mar 10, 2012 01:38 PM

        wow -- just a bit more expensive than we're hoping for (300 pounds for dinner and a room for two) but thank you!

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        mr_gimlet Mar 9, 2012 03:24 PM

        A visitor who has heard of Vindolanda! Most British people haven't heard of it. It's fantastic.

        There is a pub in the Good Pub Guide a ten minute or so drive from the site, it overlooks the wall including a walking section and does a good lunch.

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          lmcsherr Mar 10, 2012 01:54 PM


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