Beer Gardens in East Lothian

September 7, 2022

Come rain or shine you can find a great outdoor space in East Lothian to enjoy a cool beer, cocktail, soft drink or a bite to eat al-fresco style. Tucked behind our restaurants and bars and in our hotel gardens, there are terraces and yards that have been transformed into lovely dining areas, perfect for some rewind and relaxation time.

We have hand-picked some of our top spots in East Lothian.

Brig & Barrel, Dunbar

A welcoming family and country pub located right beside Belhaven Brewery, the oldest working brewery in Scotland. Serving great classic food and a range of drinks including cask beers and cocktails. The secluded garden has covered booths with heaters for those chilly nights. The pub was named dog-friendly pub of the year at Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2020!

Crown & Kitchen, East Linton

Situated in the centre of a charming village, this gastropub has an outside area with grill cooking a weekly special menu around classic Scottish dishes with a modern twist. There’s no better place to relax and unwind after a long day sampling their range of malt whisky or Scottish gins.

The Bonnie Badger, Gullane

Enjoy delicious drinks, food or afternoon tea in this charming landscaped outdoor garden space with fire pits and plenty of blankets at hand! This Michelin-rated pub is run by husband and wife team, Tom & Michaela Kitchin.

Brig & Barrel
Crown and Kitchen

Ducks Inn, Aberlady

Soak up the atmosphere at Ducks Inn offering great food all prepared on the premises and a fine selection of wine, ales and whisky. The beer garden is at the front and back of the hotel where you can relax with a beer or eat from the menu after a long walk.

Waterside Bistro, Haddington

This award-winning bistro is located on the banks of the River Tyne right beside the historic Nungate Bridge. Sit back, relax and enjoy the glorious views and passing wildlife, which often includes swans. Offering menus for each season including classics, lighter plates, daily specials, sharing platters and a great range of ales and wines to sample.

No 12 Hotel & Bistro, North Berwick

Enjoy a beautiful meal or drink in this wonderful beer garden where they have creatively made use of shipping containers for their bar area. Due to its prime location in the centre of the town, it goes without saying that No 12 is very popular with groups of golfers, watersport enthusiasts, families and couples!

Ducks Inn
No. 12 Bistro

The Castle Inn, Dirleton

A traditional village pub which prides itself on creating a cosy and relaxing environment, which is perfect if you are looking to try out some of their locally sourced cuisine or nip in for a pint of real ale!

Station Yard, Dunbar

A lovely micropub with a sheltered beer garden and if it does get a wee bit chilly, their wood burning stove will keep you nice and cosy. It’s dog friendly inside and out, so you can enjoy a beer with your furry friend from their range of craft beers and lagers such as Peelywally IPA, Barryswally APA, Tap's Aff and more!

The Linton Hotel & Steakhouse, East Linton

Sitting on the edge of the River Tyne, the large walled garden at the rear is the perfect pit stop for a meal or coffee with your friends. The Linton was Best Hotel Restaurant in the 2021 Food Awards Scotland.

Goblin Ha, Gifford

In the centre of one of East Lothian’s picturesque countryside villages is this lovely beer garden. Great ambience, fresh food and fine ales, extensive selection of gins and the finest wine are on offer.

Thorntree Inn

A traditional pub right on the seafront in Port Seton, the beer garden has some of the best views across the Firth of Forth. A go-to for live sport, live music, a welcoming atmosphere and great pint.

Station Yard Micropub
Thorntree Inn

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Information correct at the time of publication!


Jackie Gardiner
Author: Jackie Gardiner

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