At LT last week we were busily planning our goals and new product launches for 2019 (I’m sure you will have read how much Laura is a goal setter). It’s an exciting time of year where we get energised about the year ahead. We were all sitting down (eating chocolate cake!!) to ‘plan our work’, then ‘work our plan’. Bringing you a year of fantastic new products, workshops, and events! Finishing our meeting, I looked up to see Mr MM walk into the room with a bunch of flowers. His intention was to whisk me away for a birthday lunch – the surprise had been planned with the LT team all along! Wow was it a surprise! Mr MM scooped me up and took me to the newly opened ‘Bonnie Badger’ in Gullane.
The Bonnie Badger is a fantastic addition to East Lothian collection of fine eateries. Tom Kitchin has enjoyed great success with his Edinburgh restaurants: ‘The Kitchen’,’Scran & Scallie’ and ‘Southside Scran’. He has brought his top-notch food, drinks and great Scottish style together in this amazing new space. The Bonnie Badge has a gastropub, dining room and private dining space, as well as rooms and a large garden area. Laura Thomas Co was proud to provide the bedlinen and towels for all of the 14 individually-designed bedrooms at the Bonnie Badger. Tom and his wife, Michaela, always choose with integrity and source the very best quality products from the local area. We were very happy they choose us for all their linens. The feedback from their guests has been superb, ‘the best nights sleep ever!’ said one recently!
I had been looking forward to seeing the incredible refurbishment of the Bonnie Badger. Michaela collaborated with Burns Design to create an interior blending both Scottish and Scandinavian design elements, taking its lead from the Scottish landscape and natural heritage. But first, lunch. When we arrived, the staff were super welcoming and took us through to the ‘Stables’, a stylish dining room set in the old stable block, with high, vaulted ceilings and an open fireplace. I had beautifully crafted starter of Scottish scallops and cauliflower, so good that I couldn’t help using the bread to wipe the shell clean! Hubby had fresh dressed crab, also delicious and summing up Tom Kitchin’s ethos of ‘from nature to plate’ perfectly. We went on to fish pie and a Wagyu burger, both full of locally sourced ingredients. Really, the food was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed having time to ourselves to enjoy the food and catch up. I would heartily recommend a visit.
Replete after a excellent lunch, we wandered through to the pub, a welcoming place with dark blue walls and leather chairs, offering a great variety of wines, whiskies and selected artisan beers (Mr MM also noted the pool table and sports screens!) The Bonnie Badger is both warm and comfortable without sacrificing its contemporary Scottish/Scandi style. The signature wallpapers and shaggy sheepskins added to the charm of the rooms, being both contemporary feeling but nodding to tradition, a well-judged fit for the the old building, built in 1836 and her modern patrons. The Bonnie Badger’s Garden room is a bright place to have pre-dinner drinks and has a fresh feel, with geometric textiles, mid-century inspired furniture and botanic design elements. The private dining room is just off here and can cater to 22 guests.
I would have liked to sneak upstairs and see the 14 bedrooms, but perhaps that is a good excuse to book an room and sleep on the gorgeous Laura Thomas bedlinen myself one day! I’m sure my lunch was the first of many forays to the Bonnie Badger. The visit was much like its food – completely satisfying, beautifully presented and will have you coming back for more!
Laura Thomas Co proudly supplied the Loire Ladderstitch design for all guests to sleep on at the Bonnie Badger. Buy here.
All ensuites have been supplier with LT Classic Towels in white. Buy here.
Words | Camilla Miller Mundy
Photography | Courtesy Bonnie Badger