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About Us

In the Heart of the Scottish Borders, we’re a family run traditional pub serving meals & drinks daily. Come for a family meal or book us for your next special event, we’d love to welcome you to the Ship Inn.

Our Story

Where it All Began

Melrose’s only pub (you’ll find all the others are hotels), situated at the old East Port entrance to the town, the Ship’s name originates from a previous sea captain owner. The pub is family run and has been in the hands of it’s current owners for over 20 years.

“Welcome to oor gem of Scotland”
Viv MacDonald

In the Spotlight

Facts & Fun

We love our sport, so much so one of the plasma TV’s is situated in the gents! 

Pool Champions

Plasma TVs

Beers on Tap

Speciality Gins

A Warm Welcome Awaits

What We Offer

Daily Specials

From our delicious homemade soup to fancy fillings & speciality burgers, there’s something for everyone

Local Ingredients

Where possible we buy fresh from our local high street suppliers, farmers and dairy

Beers & Ciders

Draught beers and ciders, IPA and special edition Heineken served at up to -2 degrees 

Child & Pet Friendly

Your dogs and kids are welcome, sometimes we allow adults in the pub too!

Pub Games

Whether you’re into darts or pool or even a quiz night, check out our events to see what’s on for you 

Barista Coffee

We don’t just serve alcohol, we have a brilliant barista for all you coffee lovers. And tea too, of course.

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What People are Saying

“A Great Find”

“Popped in with friends visiting Melrose for the weekend. Lovely friendly staff and locals. Nice place for a wee Saturday afternoon drink.”

May 2019

“Credit to the Town”

“Second visit to Melrose refurbishment carried out since visit last year. Nice atmosphere good food and helpful staff.”

July 2020

“Go for the chips”

“We were visiting Melrose Abbey and stopped in for lunch. Even to this day, we reminisce about the chips and how tasty they were…”

March 2019

“Great Hospitality”

“On visiting Melrose, we came across the Ship Inn. As a group of vegans, vegetarians, meat eaters + child and dog we were happily surprised they could and would accommodate us all.”

Feb 2020

Kitchen Hours

Our Kitchen is Open 7 Days Per Week!

12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We offer a great selection of food for all tastes, with ingredients sourced locally & prepared by our team in-house.

Bar Only
If you’d like to join us at the bar, we do have limited availability for walk-ins, arrive early!

Book a Table

Please book by calling this number:

07394 506265

Due to the amazing response and the demand for our tables. We now have a dedicated mobile number for all table bookings.

Track & Trace
Pre-register your details with us for track & trace purposes to keep you safe!