Restaurants

Gastropub in The Lothians

Bridge Inn

Looking over the bucolic Union Canal in Ratho, 7 miles west of Edinburgh, the sleek Bridge Inn serves good-looking plates of superior pub food – Mull-cheddar truffle macaroni, haddock with hand-cut chips, venison wi…
Steak in Linlithgow

Champany Inn

This rustic inn is a trencherman's delight, famous for its excellent Aberdeen Angus steaks and Scottish seafood (bookings essential). Its world-class wine list runs into the hundreds – sommeliers can advise. The nei…
Modern Scottish in The Lothians

Paper Mill

Perched above the River Esk in sleepy Lasswade, 5 miles south of Edinburgh, is this former paper mill, now a gorgeous restaurant and bar decked out with leather banquettes, tall windows and a light-strung river terr…
Cafe in Linlithgow

Cafebar 1807

This stylish cafe-bar serves classy comfort food made with farm-fresh produce, from towering sandwiches and nacho bowls to homemade hot dogs and burgers (for a uniquely Scottish twist, try the haggis-stuffed Special…
Gastropub in Haddington

Waterside Bistro

This local institution beside the River Tyne serves up top-notch bistro fare made with Lothians produce and fresh Scottish fish. Its restaurant and well-stocked bar occupy two floors of rustic-chic rooms – but on a …
Ice Cream in The Lothians

S Luca

Don't be surprised to see queues snaking along the pavement at this legendary ice-cream parlour 6 miles east of Edinburgh, which has been delighting sweet-toothed Scots with its rich dairy ice cream since 1908. It's…
Cafe in North Berwick

Steampunk Coffee

Bringing a dash of East London cool to East Lothian, this coffee shop in a handsome old warehouse brews up impeccably sourced coffee from its own house-roasted beans. Pair a cup with an oven-warm cake or oozing toas…
Bakery in Queensferry

Manna House Bakery

This craft bakery and patisserie in an arty industrial space has the creative chops to match, serving up freshly baked bread, colourful sandwiches and salads, and inventive treats like flour-less chocolate-mango mou…
Cafe in Queensferry

Stables Kitchen

Britain’s most elegant equine accommodation – the stables of grand Hopetoun House, where the earls of Hopetoun once housed their pampered racehorses – is now the stylish Stables Kitchen, a delightful spot for cake, …
British in Dunbar

The Rocks

Gazing out at Dunbar from its westerly cliffs, the Rocks serves up generous plates of locally sourced seafood and steak in two charming, deep-red dining rooms decked with curios. Views over the shallows to Dunbar ha…