Golf Inn: closed last month

Celebrity chef Tom Kitchin is taking over an East Lothian restaurant which closed last month.

Mr Kitchin and his wife Michaela, who have restaurants in Leith, Castle Terrace and Stockbridge, have acquired The Golf Inn, Gullane which will offer “pub classics”.

They will hope to re-open in time for this summer’s Scottish Open, to be held at the nearby Gullane No. 1 links course.

The inn, known as the Bonnie Badger, dates from 1836. It includes 12 bedrooms, a bar and a 60-cover dining room. The Michelin-starred chef, right, said: “We really love the property and feel that we can create something really special here.

“My wife’s background and training was very hotel-led and it’s always been a shared dream to one day have our own wee place. A pub with rooms just seems like the right thing to do.”

Mr Kitchin, whose interest in the Golf Inn emerged in the local media last week, worked with top chefs such as Pierre Koffmann, Guy Savoy and Alain Ducasse before launching The Kitchin, in Leith, in 2006.

He said he will work with local suppliers to acquire seasonal produce and is on the lookout for new suppliers.