One of the trickiest challenges of the hospitality industry is creating a great local pub that is impressive enough to make visitors drive 30 miles or so to sample its delights.
That’s the achievement of the Crown & Kitchen, situated in the pretty East Lothian village of East Linton, and already a popular culinary destination for cognoscenti of classy pub dining.
Find out why with today’s Big Deal, offering an overnight stay and dinner in this charming hostelry.
There is validity until the 20th December, meaning it would be an ideal way to relax before Christmas.
Proprietor Billy Robertson put a great deal of love and plenty of hard work into restoring his father’s village local. The aim has been to retain the welcome of a village pub, with great food and comfortable, contemporary rooms.
Available seven days, the Big Deal offers an overnight stay for two in a double room at the Crown & Kitchen, with full Scottish breakfast, a two course meal for two from the dinner menu, and a glass of wine, bottled beer or soft drink for each diner.
The four individually styled guest rooms have a contemporary boutique hotel feel and come with king-size beds, private ensuite bathroom, free WiFi and Freeview TV.
Using fresh local produce, the menu at the Crown & Kitchen mixes traditional pub classics with some contemporary, cosmopolitan dishes, cheffy touches and imaginative vegetarian options.
Starters include the ham hock terrine with apricot chutney and toasted sea salt bread or the skirlie dumplings.
Mains feature choices such as the black pudding and beef brisket stovies or the cullen skink with crispy egg and pea shoots.
For dessert, there will be dishes such as the sticky toffee pudding or cheesecake of the day.
Note, some dishes may be charged a supplement.
Out & about
Less than half an hour from Edinburgh, East Linton makes an excellent base for a relaxed break in the beautiful scenery of East Lothian.
Village attractions include the Preston Mill, Scotland’s oldest mechanically-intact watermill. Hailes Castle is a romantic ruin right on your doorstep and the region’s turbulent history means it is blessed with numerous castles and ruins.
The attractive beaches of Gullane and North Berwick are a few minutes drive to the north, and the John Muir long-distance trail offers a variety of strolls for hikers.
Some of the best golf courses in the world including British Open Courses Muirfield, Gullane No. 1 and Archerfield are located close to The Crown And Kitchen. In fact, there are over 20 golf courses within a 10 mile radius of the hotel.
The Crown & Kitchen has picked up enthusiastic praise from customers on TripAdvisor, These are recent reviews, edited for length:
‘Stayed one night and it was fantastic. The room was very clean and beautifully decorated, it even had a coffee machine. We had dinner in the pub downstairs and it was lovely.’
‘This small hotel is a little gem and we were pleasantly surprised by the luxury-feel boutique accommodation.’
‘‘The staff were amazing and nothing was too much trouble. The food was delicious and enjoyed by all.’
Offering a welcome escape from the bustle of the city, this break at the Crown & Kitchen is a chance to remind yourself of the attractions of a great village local.
Stylish boutique rooms and excellent dining offer a great opportunity to kick back and relax with a loved one.