Another of our favourite places to visit in East Lothian is the Walled Garden at Archerfield. The Walled Garden is located in an 18th century walled garden which was restored in advance of The Open at nearby Muirfield in 2013.
The Walled Garden and Home Farm served Archerfield House from the 18th century into the early 20th century and grew all manner of exotic fruits and vegetables as well as 110 varieties of apple and 57 of pear. The well in the centre of The Walled Garden is centuries old but was only recently discovered when work began. It now supplies the water which irrigates the developing garden.
The Walled Garden is in Archerfield, between Gullane and Direlton. Archerfield is home to a prestigious golf course, hotel, restaurant and luxurious spa.
The Walled Garden offers a lot to visitors, with a gift shop, toy shop, deli, cafe/restaurant, bar, micro brewery and play area for children. There are also some short walks at the back of the cafe which are lovely for adults and children and also wheelchair accessible.
The shop has a kitchen section, large deli counter, various gifts such as mugs, scarves, jewellery and a toy section. The items in the shop are carefully sourced and many are unique and very tempting!
The cafe/restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and cakes/scones and coffees and teas. There is also sometimes a supper club on. We only had coffee this week but we have been very impressed with the breakfast and lunch menus on other visits. There are also nicely thought out children’s menus. It is worth booking ahead if you want a table for lunch at the weekends as the restaurant can be quite busy.
The micro brewery produces Archerfield craft ales which are popular locally (and with my husband!).