Gullane pub set to shine

Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin snaps up east coast pub

Golf Inn, Gullane
The Golf Inn is set to undergo a significant refurb and will reopen as The Bonnie Badger.

A PUB in the village of Gullane, on the East Lothian coast, has been snapped up by the Kitchin Group in a deal brokered by Cornerstone Business Agents.

The acquisition of The Golf Inn by the Kitchin Group – which is headed by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin – will facilitate the group’s first expansion outwith Edinburgh.

The building comprises a 50-cover lounge bar, 30-cover restaurant, 80-100 cover function space, and 11 letting bedrooms, as well as a three-bedroom owner’s flat, and the group is said to have plans to “significantly upgrade and redevelop the property”.

The Bonnie Badger will open in the former Golf Inn and will represent the Kitchin Group’s fifth venue, joining the firm’s portfolio of Edinburgh businesses, which includes The Kitchin, in Leith; Castle Terrace Restaurant; Scran & Scallie, in Stockbridge; and a forthcoming restaurant in Bruntsfield, which is reportedly due to open this summer.

Barry McNeil of Cornerstone Business Agents said the Kitchin Group’s acquisition of The Golf Inn is “probably its most significant to date”.

“We understand that this will be a pub with rooms, but given the Kitchin Group’s name and previous successes, it is sure to be an exceptional pub with rooms that will be an asset to the village of Gullane and the surrounding areas,” said McNeil.

The leasehold of The Golf Inn was marketed with a price tag of £80,000; the final sales price was not disclosed.