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February 1, 2017

Great Places to Eat Out in East Lothian

You don’t have to look far in East Lothian to find great places to eat out. This is a region that celebrates Scotland’s rich, natural larder. You’ll find Scotch beef, locally caught seafood and home-grown fruit and vegetables in abundance on menus. There’s something to suit all tastes, occasions and budgets, so let’s take a look at what’s out there:

Fine dining

Whether you want to enjoy Valentine’s Day with a romantic meal or celebrate a special occasion with good food and wine, East Lothian has options aplenty.

Chez Roux at Greywalls

Set within six acres of beautiful grounds, Chez Roux is the perfect venue for that special celebration.

The Craigleith Restaurant

This North Berwick restaurant has stunning views of the Firth of Forth. You’ll be torn between tucking into dinner and enjoying the view.

Bistro dining

The towns and villages of East Lothian boast numerous gastropubs and bistros serving great quality meals.

The Creel

Situated by the harbour in Dunbar, you can enjoy the fruits of the sea, combined with the smell of fresh sea air. The Chef/Proprietor at The Creel earned his stripes working with seafood guru Rick Stein.

The Crown & Kitchen

A visit to the unspoiled town of East Linton is like stepping back in time. The Crown & Kitchen is a popular spot, serving tasty gastropub food.

Family friendly fun

Keeping children amused can be a challenge. Luckily East Lothian has a number of child friendly attractions where you can take the kids to burn off excess energy, and enjoy a bite to eat.

Foxlake Adventures

You’ll definitely build up an appetite after a visit to Scotland’s first cable wakeboarding park. Foxlake’s award winning Boardwalk Café is a great place to refuel after an activity packed day out.

National Museum of flight

Budding aviators will love the National Museum of Flight which is home to Concorde. There’s an on-site café too which serves light lunches and sweet treats.

Dog friendly

East Lothian is a popular destination with dog walkers due to its abundance of long sandy beaches, walking trails, hills and parks. Many local eateries are dog friendly, making it possible to enjoy a good walk and a nice lunch.

The Goblin Ha'

Situated in the village of Gifford, The Goblin Ha’ welcomes dogs and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re feeling brave explore the ruins of Yester Castle nearby, and trace the origins of The Goblin Ha’s unusual name!

Cockenzie House & Gardens

Explore the beautiful grounds of this 17th century house, then unwind in Cadell’s Café which welcomes dogs in the conservatory and terrace.

Farm shops & garden centres

The Café at Merryhatton Garden Centre

Those of you with green fingers will enjoy a visit to Merryhatton Garden Centre, where you can combine your passion for horticulture with a bite to eat.

Fenton Barns Farm Shop and Cafe

If you’re self-catering in the area why not stock up on some fresh local ingredients at the farm shop? If you prefer to leave the cooking to others, there’s an on-site café too.

The Café at Merryhatton Garden Centre

Coffee & cakes

Who doesn’t enjoy the guilty pleasure of tucking into a delicious slice of homemade cake? You’ll find lots of lovely places to do just that dotted throughout East Lothian.

The Loft Café & Bakery

The Loft Café & Bakery in the Royal Burgh of Haddington serves an enticing selection of cakes, teas and coffees. Burn off those calories afterwards with a brisk walk along the River Tyne.

Tyninghame Smiddy Café

The tiny village of Tyninghame is chocolate box pretty. The Smiddy Café is the ideal place to stop for cake and coffee after a visit to the stunning Tyninghame Beach.

The Loft Café & Bakery

Wonderful ice-cream to enjoy by the sea

If you're lucky enough to have eaten ice-cream in Italy, then you'll know that it's unbelievably good. Did you know that you can find ice-cream every bit as good here in East Lothian?

Alanda’s Gelateria

Alanda’s in North Berwick use locally sourced ingredients to make their ice-cream. They have an enticing choice of flavours on offer, ranging from maple walnut fudge to Madagascan vanilla. Even Ewan McGregor couldn’t resist popping in when he was in the area recently.

Luca’s

Drive through Musselburgh when the sun’s out and you’ll see a queue, snaking out of the door of Luca’s. Luca’s is a much-loved East Lothian institution for good reason – their ice-cream is phenomenally good.

Alanda’s Gelateria

Samantha Grant

This whistle-stop tour of eating out in East Lothian barely scratches the surface when it comes to the large number of high quality options there are out there, so why not pay us a visit and find out for yourself?

Kirsty Norman
Author: Kirsty Norman

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