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July 21, 2014
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Gary Goldie is hunting the hedgerows of the Borders. Pic by Paul Dodds.

The last time that the 5pm Dining blog talked about Gary Goldie, the chef had just launched his own restaurant in Oban.

He has now popped up in the kitchens at the new Born in the Borders Visitor Centre near Jedburgh.

Showcase Borders products

The £500,000 centre is at Lanton Mill Farm and has been built by the Scottish Borders Brewery. Designed to be a showcase of Borders products, it features over 70 local suppliers.

The café is also focused on Borders produce, combined with ingredients foraged locally by Gary and his sous chef Paolo Balbinot.

Formerly head chef at the Highland hotel Ardanaiseig, Gary has been an enthusiastic forager since his childhood.

This passion developed further following his time at Noma in Copenhagen, currently ranked as Best Restaurant in the World, and at the Michelin-starred In de Wulf in Belgium.

Mash and nettles

Dishes currently on the menu at Born in the Borders include Jedburgh Aberdeen Angus braised in Scottish Borders Brewery Dark Horse ale with mash and nettles; Eyemouth crab with foraged salad, and Scottish strawberries and elderflower.

Gary Goldie said; ‘I am passionate about quality ingredients and wild produce. Born in the Borders presented me with the most amazing venue and location in which to establish what I hope will be a really successful new approach to visitor centre café food.

‘We are offering a menu that showcases exceptional natural produce and perfectly complements the centre’s aim to highlight the amazing diversity of products that originate in this part of Scotland.’

Brewery tours

Born in the Borders is open seven days a week from 10am – 5pm.  In addition to the food and drink shop, goods and gifts and café, the centre also features brewery tours, outdoor walks and a picnic area.