Capital Taste of the Borders

Choice of finest produce of Waverley Mall


Edinburgh shoppers are set to be given a true taste of the Borders with the opening of a new store in Waverley Mall.


Established in Jedburgh, Bon in the Borders is the brainchild of John Henderson, whose passion for promoting and selling quality, local produce has seen the opening of shops, cafes and even a brewery – with the landmark new Edinburgh store due to open in the mall this weekend.

The move marks an exciting partnership between Born in the Borders and Moorgarth, with the arrival in the Capital of a proven Borders business highlighting the shift in focus of Waverley Mall and the drive behind incorporating a broader mix of independent retailers within the scheme – central to Moorgarth’s approach for the mall’s future.


Born in the Borders is a unique provenance-based visitors centre located near Jedburgh, with additional outlets in Galashiels, Tweedbank and Ancrum.


Comprising a farm, brewery, gin distillery, café/restaurant and food and drink shop, the company’s over-riding focus is on the production and sale of food and drink, be it from plough to pint, from botanical to bottle, or from field to fork.


Four years from launch, it now employs more than 40 staff to craft products and tell stories, within 100,000 people passing through the various doors in the last year.


Born in the Borders has won VisitScotland Thistle Awards for Innovation as well as regional ambassadorship, and this year was a finalist for Visitor Attraction of the Year.


The company’s beers have won countless awards, including SIBA Scotland Golds and SIBA UK Silvers, as well as being twice a finalist in CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain.


Mr Henderson said: “Bringing the Born in the Borders brand to the heart of Edinburgh is incredibly exciting. We are aiming to create an all-day destination that appeals to all palates, with food and other delights from across the region.”


He added: “Our coffee will come from Northern Edge, based in Berwick, the cakes from Dessert Diva of Kelso, charcuterie from Peelham Farm, cheese from Stichill, along with ice cream from Giaccopassis of Eyemouth”.


He added: “We want to give Edinburgh a true taste of all that this often overlooked but incredibly important area has to offer”.