Six of the Best Places to Eat in Haddington

Posted by on 10 June 2015

Do you love your food as much as I do?

You may have noticed I’ve been compiling shortlists of some of the best restaurants in specific areas (including Kelso and Melrose) and this month, the spotlight falls on Haddington, East Lothian.

A Royal Burgh, the town of Haddington has plenty going for it, including historic places of interest and lovely little shops – I can spend a day just wandering around and seeing what’s new. It’s also a particularly great area if you’re into golf!

There’s also no shortage of great places to eat in Haddington, so without further ado, here are my top six places to eat.

1. The Golf Tavern

The Golf Tavern on Bridge Street has reached the top ranking on TripAdvisor for a reason; with glorious afternoon tea, friendly staff and food freshly prepared on the premises, it cannot be faulted. It’s family-run, and some of the best pub food you’ll find in Haddington.

2. The Avenue Restaurant

Positioned right on the main street, The Avenue Restaurant is run by award-winning chef Craig Hunter and his wife Kirsty. Staff are particularly friendly, and the food is outstanding, as reflected in the reviews. If shellfish is your thing, you’re in for a treat – I’d highly recommend the scallops and mussels in particular.

3. Eastern Eye

The food at the Eastern Eye is simply amazing – some of the best Indian food I’ve ever had. With friendly staff, a lovely atmosphere and beautifully-kept premises, I find myself coming back here time and time again. The extensive menu ensures there’s something for everyone, and they use only the freshest ingredients in their food.

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4. The Pantry

The Pantry is another firm favourite, and home to some of the biggest scones I’ve ever seen! You’ll also find homemade soups and cakes, and if there’s anything on the menu you’re not too sure about, just ask the extremely helpful staff who will do their best to make you feel at home. Highly recommended.

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5. Maitlandfield House

A favourite for weddings and formal affairs, Maitland Field House is surrounded by beautiful grounds, and has a lovely conservatory area within its restaurant. I love sitting in the big, comfy armchairs and admiring the décor, but enough about that – let’s move onto the food! The Brasserie offers a more casual dining experience, with some absolutely delicious modern and classic meals on offer. Food is prepared using fresh local produce, sourced from carefully selected suppliers.

6. Tyneside Tavern

Last but not least, the pub grub, along with its central location, makes Tyneside Tavern a great choice for a casual lunch out. Tyneside offers ‘small plates’ for those in the mood for an impromptu snack or light lunch, whilst their main dishes and sides provide more substantial comfort food you’ll love. Bit of a mix of contemporary and classic dishes, with a good variety on the menu.


If getting a good meal is one of your top priorities on a day out, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Haddington. Whether you’re into pub grub, posh nosh or Indian delights, you’re sure to find something to delight your tastebuds. To be honest, there’s so many great places to eat in Haddington that I could be here all day, but these six are my own top picks. Enjoy!

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