OFTEN referred to as ‘’The Garden of Scotland’, East Lothian is rich in quality food and drink.

As we head into autumn and get set for darker nights, food is arguably more comforting than ever. 

With this in mind, we bring a flavour of the county’s best restaurants, cafes and bars to see you through the season.

Living in an area that celebrates foods and flavours from around the world, as well as traditional Scottish cuisine, means there is ample choice for diners looking to try something new. 

Great Argentinian food and Scottish brasserie - Buenos Aires Café and Grill, Musselburgh

A classic food and wine combination, Malbec and a juicy steak truly is a match made in heaven, and nothing quite beats a good old Argentinian steak and wine night. As much as we’d love to transport you all to Argentina to experience the real deal, we’ll give you the next best thing: the Argentinian experience in Buenos Aires Café and Grill. Visit their website to view the menu today.

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A hidden gem in East Lothian – The Garvald Inn, Garvald

You can enjoy the same menu whether you decide to eat in the restaurant or the bar which is a real bonus if you have been walking or cycling. The Garvald Inn serves delicious homemade food and has a cosy pub atmosphere with a welcoming fire. There is also a great selection of beers, gin and whisky on offer. Definitely worth a small detour any day of the year! Visit their Facebook page here.

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Great food, great prices and great service – Umberto’s, Dunbar

Umberto’s does not disappoint. Great Scottish-style Italian homemade food. In their busy restaurant, the waitresses are rushed off their feet but this is exactly what you would find in Italy! Their retro décor also adds to the experience. Umberto’s cater for the whole family - well worth a visit. Visit their Facebook page here.

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Award-winning fine dining – Osteria, North Berwick

At Osteria, their chefs use fresh and simple ingredients to give customers the true meaning of Italian cookery.  Thanks to their local suppliers, they can create their unique Italian style with a twist of Scottish flavours. Their wine list has been very carefully thought out to give customers the finest wines from every day to vintage and prestige. View the full menu on their website here.

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One of East Lothian’s best-loved award-winning retreats – Ducks, Aberlady

Ducks is recognised as one of Scotland’s Golf Coast’s leading hotels with gracious east coast hospitality, distinctive atmosphere and food beyond compare. Ducks has been synonymous with fine dining since its early days in the centre of Edinburgh. The restaurant in Aberlady offers similar delights and matching standards. For those looking to experience a great dining experience Ducks is the perfect choice! View their menu here.

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Welcome to Open Arms Hotel, Dirleton 

Whether you choose to dine in Deveau’s or the Library room, the extensive a la carte menu highlighting local and seasonal produce offers a great choice. Their chefs take great pleasure in offering delicious dishes prepared with the best local ingredients and the busy restaurants are a testament of their skill. After dinner take time to relax with a liqueur or coffee in one of their comfortable lounges with real log fires. Visit their website for more information.

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Lovely location and welcoming – Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington

The Kings Restaurant offers relaxed dining where local and Scottish produce are imaginatively prepared with simple presentation of truly great ingredients.

With Christmas Day around the corner, enjoy a delicious 4 course meal and a visit from Santa at the Maitlandfield Hotel.  They are a traditional hotel with lots of character situated in the ‘Heart of East Lothian’. Visit their website for more information.

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The Rockateer Restaurant - with an iconic 'outdoors-indoors' setting

The Rocketeer Restaurant uniquely sits on the edge of iconic East Bay, in a beautiful North Berwick Harbour setting, with panoramic views to Bass Rock. Here, you can meet for morning coffee and breakfast, or enjoy their delicious seafood lunch or evening menus and ‘takeaway’ options. All feature fresh, locally sourced produce. Visit their website or phone 07905539713 for more information. 

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