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All reviews soup breakfast rolls beans sandwiches haggis baked potato panini black pudding coffee and orange juice fantastic cafe friendly service bite to eat well worth a visit dog trace precautions trimmings
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Probably the best breakfast we have ever eaten! Quality ingredients, haggis was gorgeous, as were every other ingredient on the plate. Not a sign of grease on the plate. Good cappuccino and expresso. Friendly efficient service

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 May 2022 via mobile

Our breakfasts were perfect, and fantastic value for money. The lady running the cafe was delightful, very welcoming. Everything was clean and the service was excellent. A lot of the customers seemed to be locals, so they know a good thing when they see it....You visit places like this and wonder just why so many others can’t get it right.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 12 November 2021

Travelled over from Holland for a visit, popped in for the best fullbreakfast so far. Proper full on, loved it, and staff were super.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 20 September 2021 via mobile

Popped in for coffee and lunch. What a treat, food was delicious, home made soup and panini with a specially made salad. Friendly and welcoming staff. Look forward to visiting again.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 13 August 2021 via mobile

Simply brilliant. Very nice cooked breakfast with all the trimmings and have no idea how they do it for the price. well worth dropping in if you are passing

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 10 August 2021

Really is a dog friendly place. Food is delicious and the staff are so friendly. Well worth a visit we had the lobster salad which would not have been out of place in a 5 star restaurant along with double the price tag. Definitely visit...againMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 29 July 2021

We recently moved to the area and decided to try Caroline's on the strength of the reviews. And it is very good. We got an exceedingly friendly welcome. The dog was welcome too. We prefer sitting outside when it's mild (especially with Covid) and they...have a few outdoor tables But it was dog friendly indoors too. Good Covid precautions. Great selection of cafe staples from breakfasts to sandwiches, baked potatoes, etc. Breakfast was well cooked and substantial and we really enjoyed it. Prices are reasonable. So good, we've been back. And plan to take a visiting friend in the next week.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 2 July 2021 via mobile

Stopped in here for lunch with a friend. Was a little disappointed re covid restrictions, as there was no info/signage on whether tables had been sanitised and were free to sit at. We also weren't prompted to track and trace. The menu here is nice....It's good to see standard cafe grub, as well as more unusual/interesting things on the menu. Unfortunately, they had run out of baked potatoes, which is what we wanted to order. We settled for paninis, which were good. They came served with a nice salad, coleslaw, and crisps. The prices were slightly on the expensive side, but not ridiculously so. The main letdown here was that we were unable to pay by card. I'm guessing this is an inconvenience to a lot of customers, as, realistically, not many people carry cash on them any more. Plus, in covid times, we're all being encouraged to pay by card whenever possible. There was signage advising cash only, but not very obviously, as we managed to missed it. Thankfully staff for happy for us to run along to a cash point in order to get money for the bill. A nice little place. I'll most likely be back, but will remember to have some cash on me.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 3 June 2021 via mobile

Went here for Breakfast well worth it good food and plenty off it and very good price and staff very welcoming

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 23 May 2021 via mobile

Visit to Kelso farmers market, stopped at Caroline’s for a breakfast roll and coffees, great food, excellent service and very COVID safe, following all the guidelines with track&trace smart phone or written options in place, evidently strong awareness of customer care. Very reasonable prices, good...food, friendly service and a bowl of fresh water and a treat for our dog. Happy days !More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 20 May 2021 via mobile

Caroline’s Cafe in Kelso should not be missed if you are hungry and looking for a bite to eat. Their homemade soup just like ‘Mum’ used to make is the perfect comfort food coupled with their cheese scone smothered in yummy Brie and chutney, it...is definitely a firm favourite with my husband and I. It is a proper coffee shop with none of the fancy prices, this place serves up good honest food, coffee and cakes that will make you wish you had an elasticated waist band on as they always have a fantastic choice. Just as I think I have found a favourite off their specials board they surprise me with something new and even tastier. 10 out of 10 for choice, yumminess and great service from all their staff, nothing is ever too much trouble.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 17 May 2021

I stopped in on my own, but with my dog, for a breakfast while passing through Kelso last week. The lady who met me and showed me to a table was very friendly and helpful, and the full plated breakfast was tasty - 2 bacon,...egg, beans, tomato, haggis and black pudding. The black pudding was especially nice. It came with 2 rounds of toast, coffee and orange juice. All for £7.95 which was very good value. A previous reviewer mentioned insufficient COVID precautions, and I understand the concerns - though never felt particularly at risk. It was not too busy when I went, and there are 2 outside tables if needed as well. But they did not ask for contact details which was a bit of a lapse. That apart though, this cafe is recommended, and I would definitely go back again.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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T0wser, Owner at Caroline's coffe shop, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2021

Thank you so much for your all of your comments, your kind review, for bringing a mistake to our attention and for your visit. Regarding the lapse, not requesting contact details, that was an error that should not have happened, in light of your bringing...More

Reviewed 9 May 2021

No tables left empty, no ventilation and the door was not open. We felt very vulnerable sitting so close to others on our first venture out for a meal. Yes there was hand gel on the table and the staff wore masks but my understanding...was that ventilation was paramount. The food was good but spoiled by the poor Covid precautions. I asked for the door to be open but instead a small electric fan in one of the windows was stated. Did not enjoy the experience at all.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 1 May 2021

My husband and i were here for lunch, great food and great helpings, very polite staff, and a very warm welcome Shirley and michael

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 1 November 2020 via mobile

This cafe is a must visit for anyone passing through Kelso. We visited one Saturday morning and from the movement we walked in we felt the warmth and friendliness of the cafe. Everyone we spoke to was welcoming, the breakfast was freshly made and so...delicious. We ended up having a full conversation with customers and owners of the cafe who made a conscious effort to strike up a conversation. They are COVID conscious yet still ensure you have an enjoyable visit. Definitely do not pass this cafe without going in.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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T0wser, Owner at Caroline's coffe shop, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2020

Hello to all of you, We are glad that you enjoyed your wee holiday in the Borders. Thank you so very very much, firstly for coming to visit us, and then, especially for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We do really...More

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Caroline's coffe shop is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5