Tom Kitchin announces opening date for new pub with rooms in Gullane

Award-winning chef Tom Kitchin and his team have announced the opening date of their new pub with rooms in the East Lothian village of Gullane.

Published 11th Dec 2018
Updated 12 th Dec 2018

The doors to  The Bonnie Badger, the newest venture from the Kitchin Group, will  open on Wednesday 12th December.

Located a stone’s throw away from the world famous Muirfield golf course and just a 30-minute drive from Edinburgh, the hotel that was previously The Golf Inn has undergone a full refurbishment under the guidance of Tom and his wife Michaela.

Featuring 14 bedrooms, a bar, a 60-cover dining room and an outdoor garden, The Bonnie Badger has been designed  by Swedish-born Michaela and Stephen Paterson of Burns Design, with the interior blend of Scandinavian and Scottish design and taking inspiration  from Scotland’s rich tapestry of natural resources .

The Kitchin Group say that guests  looking for a weekend away  will enjoy the individually designed luxurious bedrooms which  include a suite  boasting a  four-poster  bed  and roll top bath, as well as  deluxe loft  rooms  with  original beams and  panoramic views of East Lothian.

A short walk  through the garden,  The Bonnie Badger’s cottages will offer  guests their own  front door  and a private  cottage  terrace  looking out over  the  outdoor kitchen and  potted plant-lined  garden of  the main house.

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The Bonnie Badger’s dining room, The Stables, will be  housed in a converted stable block, with restored  wooden rafters  vaulting  over  an open fire place  surrounded by  oak tables.

Inspired by the landscape of Gullane, textured fabrics in earthy tones from producers on the Scottish isles will be used to  line  the  large  arching  windows.

Dishes  from the kitchen will  follow Tom’s ‘From Nature to Plate’ ethos  and  will  work closely with  local  Scottish farmers  to source the  best  possible ingredients.

The menu  will  feature twists on pub and seasonal classics  such as  Steak pie with bone marrow and a Jerusalem artichoke and pearl barley risotto.

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Back in the main house,  guests  can duck into the  dark blue-panelled  bar  for  a post-round  drink, or settle in for the evening and  opt for  something stronger  with a choice  of Scottish whiskies, craft beers and  local spirits.

Tom said: “Michaela  and I have dreamt of having a pub with rooms for years,  and we’ve always been particularly fond of the East Lothian area, having spent time here on weekends with the kids. When this opportunity came up it just felt that it was meant to be.

“We have always loved the feel of the old hotel and we want to ensure that we keep the heart of the building whilst enhancing the offering. It will be a place to escape for a day trip, pop in for a drink after a game of golf  or  stay overnight for  a weekend break to experience  the incredible scenery  that East Lothian has to offer.”

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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