One of my favourite things about my parents living in East Lothian is being able to come home for a weekend and visit the seaside towns and villages that make up its shoreline. Over the Easter weekend last month, Sam and I decided to take a wander through North Berwick with Juno, investigating and revisiting some of its best foodie pit-stops, of which there are many, so here are my top five foodie things to do…
1. START YOUR DAY RIGHT WITH A TRIP TO BOSTOCK BAKERY
Bostock Bakery has been all over the press over the past couple of years and it’s not hard to see why. They create the most incredibly flaky croissants – their bacon and cheese ones are so delicious – as well as cakes, fresh bread, and occasionally doughnuts. They have teamed up with Bread Meats Bread on occasion to provide delicious brioche doughnuts and buns, so they’re definitely worth your time.
2. INDULDGE IN SOME SEAFOOD BY THE BEACH
Open from Spring to late September, the Lobster Shack at North Berwick Harbour is always popular, even when the weather isn’t great. After walking along the beach with Juno, we decided to warm ourselves up with some fresh seafood, and it really is fresh! The fishermen sell their lobsters, along with other seafood, directly to the Lobster Shack from across the Harbour. We shared a portion of Scottish Squid with double-dipped chips and it was delicious, he squid was crisp and it was a really generous portion. What could be better than fresh Scottish seafood by the sea?
3. STOCK UP YOUR FRIDGE AT WHY NOT?
One of the things I love about North Berwick is how dog friendly it is, we even got to take Juno into the deli with us! At Why Not you can pick up fresh vegetables, cheeses, hams, and salamis, sit in the café towards the rear of the shop, or browse the gifts and homeware section. There’s something here for everyone, with most of it locally sourced or produced. We picked up some port-infused cheese from the Snowdonia Cheese Company, and we didn’t have to worry about leaving Juno tied up outside – she even got some scraps from the meat counter!
4. GRAB A CAKE AND A COCKTAIL AT HERRINGBONE
No matter what time of day you arrive in North Berwick, Herringbone is there to meet your food and drink needs! In the morning, there’s a breakfast menu, freshly brewed teas and coffee, and homemade cakes, while in the afternoon and evening there is an extensive but relaxed food menu as well as lots of craft beers on tap and an excellent cocktail and gin selection – and they’re dog friendly too! I’ve been there both for pre-dinner drinks and for morning coffees and the staff are always friendly, plus I love the modern but rustic look and feel of the place.
5. TREAT YOURSELF TO DINNER AT OSTERIA
There are loads of places to grab dinner in North Berwick, but if you want something a bit more special, head to Osteria. The chef, Angelo, moved down to North Berwick after 25 years in a top restaurant in Edinburgh, and now focusses on a classical yet unique Italian menu. There are always specials on, and the menu is short and sweet so that the focus can be on the few dishes that they do really well. Their butternut squash gnocchi with butter, sage, parmesan and black truffle is very indulgent, as is their stunning “Duomo di Caffe” dessert.
There are so many hidden gems in North Berwick and across East Lothian, and the area is easily accessible by bus or train, so if you fancy a change from the hustle and bustle of Glasgow, North Berwick may just be the perfect day out for you!