Things to See & Do
The bright lights of Edinburgh, the beaches of East Lothian & gorgeous country spas are all just a short drive from Eastside. Head south to world class mountain biking, tree top adventures & botanic gardens. Explore the local food & drink, entertainment, and things-to-do tips below or in our journal.
Food & Drink
(our top dining spots)
The Secret Herb GardenLunch & Cakes
While away a few hours with a cuppa & cake or do lunch in the garden (weather permitting). For cooler days hideaway in the character filled greenhouses with vintage furniture, comfy old leather sofas and wood burning fires. Also makes for a quirky venue for a larger gathering. The team have also opened The Old Curiosity (gin) Distillery using botanicals from the herb garden well worth a try!
The Paper MillPub Grub
For a good country pub with fantastic local beer selection (cocktails not bad either!) look no further. Overlooking the River Esk, with an outdoor terrace, it is well worth a quick drive to Lasswade for some super pub-grub outside the city.
The Forth Floor at Harvey NicholsDine out
With views to Edinburgh Castle and sweeping panoramas over the Firth of Forth and Fife beyond, the brasserie is a must. With superb food and seasonal offers, it needn’t break the bank either!
Hidden down a side street in South Edinburgh this quirky restaurant (set in an authentic old warehouse) crafts delicious dishes from local ingredients. They carefully source these from local artisan growers, breeders, producers & foragers, growing the herbs themselves in the Timberyard garden.
The Lookout by Gardener's CottageRoom with a view
This restaurant is built on a cantilever so it hangs partially suspended over Calton Hill’s northwest slope, with floor to ceiling glass windows and panoramic views across Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.
The Bonnie BadgerCountry escape
Tom Kitchin's country pub set in the sleepy village of Gullane. The perfect place to return to after a blustery walk on the nearby beach.