With food from the Michelin-starred chef, The Bonnie Badger is expected to open on the former site of The Golf Inn in the village of Gullane this autumn.
A half-hour drive from Edinburgh, the hotel will comprise 12 bedrooms; a bar; a 60-cover dining room; and a garden.
The hotel restaurant will serve twists on classic pub dishes, and will be heavily influenced by the local and seasonal ingredients available from Scottish producers.
Refurbishments, currently under way, are being led by Michaela Kitchin and Stephen Paterson of Burns Design, and will take inspiration from both Scottish and Scandinavian aesthetics using natural materials.
“My wife 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 family holidays with the kids,” says Tom Kitchin.
“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. Our aim is to create a welcoming and charming place for guests to enjoy good food and drink.
“It will also be a place to escape for a day trip or a weekend break to experience the local scenery and beautiful setting that East Lothian has to offer.”
The hotel and restaurant will be the fourth venue in the couple’s The Kitchin Group of restaurants, which also operates the Michelin-starred Kitchin in Leith, Castle Terrace in Edinburgh’s city centre, and the Scran and Scallie in Stockbridge, which holds a Bib Gourmand.