Located a stone’s throw away from the world famous Muirfield golf course and just a 30-minute drive from Edinburgh, the hotel  dates back to 1836.

Previously  The Golf Inn, it has  undergone  a full refurbishment and features 14 bedrooms, a bar, a 60-cover dining room and an outdoor garden.

Tom’s wife and business partner, Michaela Kitchin, and Stephen Paterson of Burns Design are behind The Bonnie Badger's interior, which takes inspiration from Scotland's rich tapestry of natural resources.  

Guests  looking for a weekend away  will enjoy the individually designed luxurious bedrooms,  including a suite  boasting a  four-poster  bed  and roll top bath,  and  deluxe loft  rooms  with  original beams and  panoramic views of East Lothian.

A short walk  through the garden,  The Bonnie Badger’s cottages will offer  guests their own  front door  and a private  cottage  terrace  looking out over  the  outdoor kitchen and  potted plant-lined  garden of  the main house.  

The Bonnie Badger’s dining room, The Stables, will be  housed in a converted stable block, with restored  wooden rafters  vaulting  over  an open fire place  surrounded by  oak tables.

Inspired by the landscape of Gullane, textured fabrics in earthy tones from producers on the Scottish isles will be used to  line  the  large  arching  windows.  Dishes  from the kitchen will  follow Tom’s ‘From Nature to Plate’ ethos  and  will  work closely with  local  Scottish farmers  to source the  best  possible ingredients.  The menu  will  feature twists on pub and seasonal classics  such as  Steak pie with bone marrow and a Jerusalem artichoke and pearl barley risotto.   

 Back in the main house,  guests  can duck into the  dark blue-panelled  bar  for  a post-round  drink, or settle in for the evening and  opt for  something stronger  with a choice  of Scottish whiskies, craft beers and  local spirits.  Traditional  tweeds  and  leathers will accent the space,  while  vintage  sporting  memorabilia  adorn  the walls.  

“Michaela  and I have dreamt of having a pub with rooms for years,  and we’ve always been particularly fond of the East Lothian area, having spent time here on weekends with the kids," explains Tom. "When this opportunity came up it just felt that it was meant to be.

“We have always loved the feel of the old hotel and we want to ensure that we keep the heart of the building whilst enhancing the offering. It will be a place to escape for a day trip, pop in for a drink after a game of golf  or  stay overnight for  a weekend break to experience  the incredible scenery  that East Lothian has to offer.”