“To find a man’s true character, play golf with him,” suggested wordsmith, bon vivant and fashion guru PG Wodehouse. No need to go that far. Just accompany him (or her) to the Golf Inn in Gullane and watch the relaxed surroundings bring out their joie de vivre.
Today’s Big Deal extends that very invitation, with an overnight B&B stay at the Golf Inn on the glorious East Lothian coast, with an elegant cream tea on arrival, just to underline the point that this is one of the country’s havens of civilised relaxation.
If it’s fair to say that Gullane is a golf town, then the picturesque Golf Inn, established in 1836, is one of the town’s landmark hostelries. Combining the best elements of a traditional village inn, a contemporary restaurant and a welcoming hotel, the Inn makes an ideal base for a break by the coast, whether you are hitting the tees, or just enjoying the teas.
Available seven days a week, today’s Big Deal offers an overnight stay for two in a deluxe double or twin room, full Scottish breakfast and cream tea on arrival.
Deluxe rooms are recently refurbished, with classic décor in mellow colour schemes, en-suite bathrooms, fluffy towels, down duvets and plump pillows.
There is a £20 supplement for Saturday night stays.
Guests can upgrade to a full afternoon tea for £12 per couple.
Dining in style
Full Scottish breakfast is included in the offer, and a cream tea is served on arrival, with a variety of fresh sandwiches, pastries and teas.
Guests may also be tempted to dine in the excellent and inviting Golf Inn restaurant, where they will be welcomed with a free glass of Prosecco.
Acclaimed chef Derek Johnstone creates classic, hearty and enticing fare using the finest, freshest local produce. Typical dishes included in current menus include mains of slow-cooked ox cheek in red wine, smoked bacon and mushrooms, and chicken and ham pie with thyme-roasted potatoes and root vegetables.
Derek was the first ever winner of Masterchef the Professionals in 2008. Why not pop your head around the kitchen door and bellow, “Cooking doesn’t get any tougher than this” in a Cockney accent? He’d appreciate that.*
*Don’t. He probably wouldn’t.
Out and about
Gullane is an attractive little town with a year-round appeal for golfing aficionados. Golfers are spoiled for choice if they want to hit the fairways round these parts.
Putting the clubs aside, the East Lothian coastline is perfect for breezy beach walks, with miles of golden beaches at Yellowcraig, Belhaven Bay and Gullane Bents. The John Muir Way footpath passes through Gullane.
Nearby North Berwick is an engaging old seaside spot, with the Scottish Seabird Centre attracting flocks of birdwatchers.
The Golf Inn has picked up plenty of positive feedback on TripAdvisor. These are some recent reviews:
‘The rooms were lovely, well presented, lovely décor, good beds to have a good night’s sleep. Would not hesitate to return.’
‘The food is first class quality and well presented. The staff are friendly and very helpful. The room was neat and clean. I would certainly recommend staying at the Golf Inn.’
Winter or spring break
Today’s Big Deal at the Golf Inn offers a relaxing overnight getaway, with availability until mid-April. Whether you want to play a round or just wander around, this East Lothian offer provides the perfect opportunity.