A former Hawick woman is celebrating after her guest house was included in the prestigious Michelin Guide.
Pam Waddell, who owns the Granary Guest House in Berwick-upon-Tweed with her husband Dave, said she was thrilled to hear the news that their establishment is to feature in next year’s guide.
She told the Hawick News: “There was someone came to review our place early in the year and then we were told to expect a mystery shopper. But, as far as we were aware, he or she never came so when the letter came through it really was out of the blue.”
Pam grew up in Hawick and attended Trinity Primary and Hawick High with her sister, Evelyn Jackson, a former Acting Mother, who still lives in the town in Bruce Court.
Pam and Dave met in Hawick where they both had jobs at the time. She explained: “I was working in the Donald Dental Surgery and Dave was at the Hawick branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland when we met.
“We moved to Auchencrow in 1978 to settle down and start a family and had our daughter Jane and son Robert.”
The couple then moved to Berwick following a tragic accident in the family.
“We lost our son in 2000 and really needed a fresh start.It seemed logical and I’m glad we did it,” said Pam.
Robert died in Ibiza while riding a motorboke which slipped on a wet road – only six weeks before his 21st birthday.
The couple bought the 17th-century, grade II-listed four-bedroom townhouse in 2007 and opened in January the following year following extensive renovations.
Pam said: “We started our new beginning here.”
The Michelin Guide recommendation is not their first accolade as the pair were given a five-star Enjoy England award from Visit England in 2010 – the highest possible grading from the national tourism association.