The Golf Inn: Part 1 – The Bar

The Golf Inn at Gullane East Lothian, was transformed back in March of this year. The traditional village inn had a makeover to create a place for people to enjoy fine food in a relaxed atmosphere whether it is for a special occasion or afternoon tea.

The Inn has two areas in which you can dine. The bar; or for a more formal menu, the restaurant. Fresh local produce is used when possible and the head chef behind the scenes is master chef professional’s winner Derek Johnston.

On this occasion we chose the bar area to have an early dinner. Within the bar there is a separate area for dining. With pictures of golfers on the walls and placemats with local drawings of the area, a sense of local pride shines through. The bar menu was not extensive but had many of the traditional favourites.

To start with I had Haggis Bon Bons with Arran Mustard and Whisky Mayonnaise. Presented in a little silver basket with the mayonnaise in a small pot this appetiser looked very inviting. The coating on the bon bons was light and crisp and the flavoursome spicy haggis stuffing was delicious. The mayonnaise predominantly tasted of mustard; this I didn’t mind but if you are expecting a whiskey kick you may be disappointed. Unlike many other pointless garnishes you see in bars, the greens were in a delicate dressing and gave a nice freshness to the dish.

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Haggis Bon Bon

My husband ordered the Homemade Venison Scotch Egg with Celeriac remoulade. Straight away this got the thumbs up. The coating was perfectly crisp and juicy venison surrounded the egg.

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Venison Scotch Egg

For the main course I had the Salt Cured Beef Sandwich served with Piccalilli, Mustard Mayonnaise and chips. The salt cured beef was warm with a slight saltiness. The beef crumbled in my mouth. The pickled gherkins and piccalilli gave a zing with the pungent mustard mayonnaise adding another level of taste. My only disappointment to the sandwich was the bread. I had imagined thick homemade soft bread for the sandwich. Instead I got what looked like supermarket slices of toasted bread.

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Salt Cured Beef Sandwich

At the other side of the table the Black Angus Burger, Isle of Mull Cheddar and ChilliBoo Jam was being tucked into. A sesame seed bun filled with a perfectly cooked burger; juicy, moist and covered with melting cheese. The jam was more of a sweet chilli which complimented the burger perfectly.

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Black Angus Burger

To finish of I opted for Pain Perdue with apricots and Ice-cream.  The dessert was very light despite being described by the waitress as a posh bread and butter pudding.  The dish was filled with dried fruit and apricots and brought together with a warm sweet sticky glaze.

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Pain Perdue with apricots

The other dessert ordered was a Warm Cookie with Ice Cream. The cookie dough was warm and oozing chocolate. The ice cream complimented the cookie and a caramelised almond tuille added another texture.

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Warm Cookie with Ice Cream

Overall we had enjoyed three courses of well-cooked and flavoursome food.  Throughout, the service was attentive and friendly. I can safely say I will be returning and I cannot wait to try the restaurant.

Finer details

Bill for two: £42 (Including a glass of wine)

Food: Rustic with a modern twist

Service: Faultless

Atmosphere: Homely

Overall: 8/10

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