- cosy home-from-home;
- welcome stop for the traveller;
- both a quiet retreat and a friendly place to meet;
- great location for those wishing to explore the surrounding Scottish Borders countryside, or
- convenient base from which to experience the delights of the city of Edinburgh.
The hotel offers a modern Scottish menu using a selection of locally sourced, freshly prepared, home-cooked fish, meat and game produce. Meals are served seven days from 12-3pm and 5pm-8.45pm. Have a look at our current menus.
The hotel has one of the last remaining 'Penny Bars' - that is a bar top decorated with old one penny coins some of which date from the era of Queen Victoria. The bar has a fine selection of over 35 malt whiskeys from all parts of Scotland - from the local Glenkinchie distillery to Laphroig on Islay. There is always a locally produced Scottish ale on tap with pale, golden or dark varieties to try.
At the Allan Ramsay you'll find a varied range of entertainment for you to enjoy. From quiz nights to steak nights, from beer festivals to whisky tastings to folk music nights there's always something in the pipeline. Great for meeting up with old friends and making new ones.
Popular with locals and visitors alike, the Allan Ramsay is everyone's favourite nostalgic pub.
Allan Ramsay (1684-1758) is one of Scotland's most important literary figures and a founding father of Romanticism. This literary and arts movement included the great poets Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, Byron and Robert Burns. Ramsay is credited as having founded Britain's first circulating library, when he rented books from his bookshop in 1725. He also established Britain's first college of art and was a influential figure in the Scottish Enlightenment movement. Highly respected and popular in his day, many argue that without Ramsay there would be no Robert Burns. For more information on this remarkable man see : Allan Ramsay Poet; and his eldest son also Allan Ramsay, the distinguished portrait painter.
Allan Ramsay Festival 2016
15-16th October 2016 saw the hotel's inaugural Allan Ramsay Festival to celebrate the life and work of Allan Ramsay.
We also thank the staff at the University of Glasgow, Dept. of Scottish Literature in particular Prof. Murray Pittock and Prof. Gerry Carruthers for their support for the Festival events. More information on the Allan Ramsay Festival 2016.