The Bridge Inn at Ratho

Ratho, Midlothian

Guide stalwarts received ‘a most genial welcome from Chris the barman’ on arrival at Graham and Rachel Bucknall’s pub-with-rooms beside a bridge over the Union Canal. More

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Guide stalwarts received ‘a most genial welcome from Chris the barman’ on arrival at Graham and Rachel Bucknall’s pub-with-rooms beside a bridge over the Union Canal. Addressed as ‘you guys’, they were shown to a seriously snug but ‘warm, clean room with a shower, luxury Scottish toiletries’. Baird is the largest room, with a king-size double bed, a slipper bath with hand-held shower. Bonnington has a mahogany four-poster and antique chandelier. All four have a canal view. The Bucknalls have brought the same restrained taste to the interiors as to sister hotel The Ship Inn, Elie (see entry). Fires burn in a bar popular with locals. Since last year chef Ben Watson has become general manager, and sous-chef Ross Traill is now head chef. He uses local produce, home-grown vegetables and home-reared pork in a wide-ranging menu of pub classics (fish and chips, pie of the day, sausage and mash, Mull Cheddar macaroni) and more elaborate dishes (roast rump, rack and slow-cooked shoulder of lamb, spring greens, potato gratin, jus). Breakfast brings rare breed sausages, new-laid hen and 
duck eggs from Ratho Hall, fuel for a seven-mile walk down the towpath to Edinburgh. (Jock and Jane Macdonald)

Hotel details

Address

27 Baird Road
Ratho
Midlothian
EH28 8RA
Scotland

Telephone

0131 333 1320

Bedrooms

4.

Open

all year except 25 Dec.

Facilities

2 bars, restaurant, free 
Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, terrace (beer garden, boat shed), bar and restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

‘relaxed’ all day, monthly live music nights.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in main bar only.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room £105–£175, cot £15, extra bed for child under 12 £25, 
bed for older child/adult £50. 
À la carte £35.

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