The Mainstreet Trading Company Ltd


Main Street, St Boswells, Scottish Borders, TD6 0AT

    The Mainstreet Trading Company Ltd is an award-winning independent bookshop, café, deli & home shop located in the Scottish Borders village of St Boswells.

    This independent bookshop & cafe is based in the beautiful Scottish Borders village of St Boswells, has won a raft of awards, including Best Bookshop 2012 at The Telegraph’s Best Small Shops Awards and Scottish Independent Bookshop of the Year 2011 & 2012 at the Bookseller Industry Awards.

    The bookshop has over 7,000 titles in stock with particular importance placed on its extensive children’s section which has its own devoted niche in the store. Readers of all ages, tastes, abilities and interests are catered for.  The 'Book Burrows' opened in May this year - these are beautiful dens where childen can sit to listen to audio books.  The bookshop also hosts a lively programme of author events, and has welcomed writers ranging from Michael Morpurgo and Clare Balding to Esther Freud and Alexander McCall Smith.

    The Deli was opened by chef, Tom Kitchin in November 2012. It has a strong local focus, combined with international flavours from Spain and the middle east, plus showcasing West Country cheeses (owner, Bill, grew up in Somerset).

    The cafe has always been a key part of the business, so a deli was the logical next step, allowing space to expand the offering. Bill and his team are working closely with local suppliers such as Julia Bruce (who makes many of the cafe’s mouth-watering cakes), Peelham Farm and Hardiesmill, to create a broad range of specialist foods with a particular focus on cheeses, cured and smoked meats. Nationally, they source a delicious range of cheeses from suppliers such as Neal's Yard, Anthony Rowcliffe & Sons and I J Mellis, while internationally, Bill indulges a love of all things Spanish, working with Brindisa (

    Homeware at Mainstreet is sourced from as many independent artisan suppliers as possible, and stock ranges from kitchenware and stationery, to children's slippers and wooden toys, plus a some larger items along with Diana Muir Antiques, ranged alongside Homeware.

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    Opening Times
    Opening times 2015
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Tues to Sat 9am to 5.30pm (please note the cafe closes at 5pm), Sunday 11am to 4.30pm (please note the cafe closes at 4pm).


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Dairy Free
    • Gluten Free
    • Lunch Available
    • Organic Food
    • Patio/Beer Garden
    • Shop
    • Snack Bar
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegetarian Food Available


    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Electron
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available


    • Level Access


    • Rural Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome For groups of more than four it is helpful to book in advance to be sure of a cafe table.
    • Pets Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Young People

    Road Directions

    We are just off the A68, about an hour from Edinburgh and an hour and a half from Newcastle.

    “Among the attractions of this airy artistic venue, which include cupcakes and rustic gifts, is its emphasis on children’s books, which is its special niche, and an excellent reason for a detour off the A68.” Rosemary Goring, The Herald

    Public Transport Directions

    You can reach us by car (40 miles south of Edinburgh) or bus (there is a good service to Edinburgh and Berwick, the bus stop is just down the road from us in St Boswells).  Alternatively, the nearest national railway stations are Berwick-Upon-Tweed (36 miles) or Edinburgh (40 miles).

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    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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