Food – Selkirk: Waterwheel Cafe. Fantastic cafe offering a huge range of home cooked food and cakes

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An amazing range of home-baking on offer at the Waterwheel cafe.

Ifirst came across the Waterwheel last year on a trip to Galashiels. Having been on the road for a couple of hours, 1pm had come and gone and sustenance was needed to continue – as well as a comfort break!

Just as we reached Selkirk we came across the Waterwheel Cafe at Philipshaugh. It’s nothing special from the outside, and luckily its well signed otherwise we’d probably have taken it for a holiday chalet.

Located off the main road, there’s plenty of parking available as well as good disabled access to this wooden lodge-style building.

So good was the food we made a mental note if we were ever down that way again, we’d be sure to stop off.

And so it was, that last month (March 2018), the CO and I were en-route to Selkirk for a weekend away and deliberately timed our travel to coincide with a lunchtime stop at this quirky cafe/restaurant.

It’s surprisingly roomy inside, all on one level and the tables have plenty of room to negotiate with a wheelchair easily. There’s a menu card available for everything on offer, but I’d say make sure you check out the specials board as there’s usually something very tempting on offer.

The one thing about this establishment is that everything is freshly cooked to order, using local ingredients, so don’t complain about the short wait you might have, particularly on busy days – it’s been jumping on both of my visits.

There’s a great selection of vegetarian options, gluten-free choices, light snacks and something more substantial if you need it, and there’s always a couple of soup choices too. My mushroom stroganoff was simply delicious, a light sauce with a nice aftertaste of mustard and brandy with a little pepper heat, served alongside a portion of fluffy, well-cooked Basmati rice. My other half opted for the homemade salmon quiche, and, as is usual, I try a taste – not this time round. It was gone quicker than the ‘Beast from the East’.

As one has to, we had left room to try a piece of cake. The main problem is working out what to have. It is always seen as greedy to buy two, or just fine if you’re a food reviewer?

The lemon cake was to die for, the millionaire shortbread had caramel so thick it glued your teeth together, it’s not often the CO is left speechless, but, in my humble opinion, the star of the show had to be the flapjack. Gooey, buttery, chewy and, filled with raisins and cherries, blended with oats – Mmmmm.

Some other reviews have complained that it’s pricey – nonsense, try eating food of this quality and standard in a Costa’s, Starbucks or Nero’s and see how far your money goes.

This is great quality, home cooked fresh food at very reasonable prices served by staff who take a pride in what they do.

I’m just kicking myself I didn’t beg, steal or borrow that flapjack recipe before I left!

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