Tom Kitchin to Open New Pub with Rooms on Scotland’s East Coast
Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin and the team behind Kitchin Group will launch The Bonnie Badger, a pub with rooms in the village of Gullane on Scotland’s East coast, this summer.
Located a stone’s throw away from the world famous Muirfield golf course and just a 30-minute drive from Edinburgh, the hotel which dates back to 1836 and was previously The Golf Inn, will undergo a full refurbishment and feature 12 bedrooms, a bar, a 60 cover dining room and an outdoor garden area.
Led and designed by Tom’s wife and business partner Michaela Kitchin and Stephen Paterson of Burns Design, the interior will take inspiration from Scotland’s rich tapestry of natural resources in a blend of Scandinavian and Scottish design which has become synonymous with the Kitchin Group’s restaurants.
This ‘From Nature to Plate’ ethos will extend to the menu as Tom and his team remain true to the values of using only locally sourced, seasonal produce. The Bonnie Badger will work closely with Scottish producers and farmers ensuring the freshest produce available, and will feature twists on pub dishes and seasonal classics.
“My wife 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 family holidays with the kids. When this opportunity came up it just felt that it was meant to be,” says Tom.
“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. Our aim is to create a welcoming and charming place for guests to enjoy good food and drink which I hope the local community will embrace and enjoy. It will also be a place to escape for a day trip or a weekend break to experience the local scenery and beautiful setting that East Lothian has to offer.”
Tom Kitchin also runs Edinburgh restaurants The Kitchin and Castle Terrace and the Stockbridge gastropub The Scran & Scallie.