Resisting temptation at The Bothy

One of our very favourite places to go to in Aberlady is The Gosford Bothy Farmshop. It’s rare that a week goes by without a visit these days. The Bothy is a pretty 15 minute walk from our house, through the village, and along part of the John Muir Way, stopping again to admire the hares. There is also ample parking available. 

The Bothy is in the Gosford estate. This is a privately owned 5000 acre estate which is the seat of the Earls of Wemyss and March. The estate is a mixture of parkland, farmland and coast. It is dominated by Gosford House which is open to the public each Easter and the weekend in August. It’s well worth joining a tour and having a wander round this imposing mansion. 

There is a fantastic butchery counter specialising in wild boar reared on the estate, local beef and lamb hung and butchered on site, local free range chicken, free range chicken eggs from estate hens and seasonal, local game. They also sell some delicious cooked and ready to bake pies. 

A selection of local vegetables, breads and artisan products are also sold.

There is also a great cafe selling various Bothy produce and a delicious cake selection. A great place for breakfast, lunch or a snack. The prices are very reasonable and the service is always good. The cafe and lovely cakes are a key factor in our frequent visits! 

The Bothy cafe is very family friendly, with high chairs and half portions available on request. Cyclists of the serious and less serious varieties frequently plan a long cycle in East Lothian around a stop in the Bothy. There is a sunny outside seating area which is dog, and even horse, friendly. (Photo of the lovely Sparky not taken this week). 

 I’m attempting to eat a bit less badly this week to counteract a cheese and chocolate filled week in Switzerland, so no cake for me this week. After our teas and cakes for the children we had a walk round one of the smallest loops of the estate. (More to follow on estate walks in another post). The estate is really lush and green at the moment after a mild few weeks, 



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