The Midlothian food scene giving Edinburgh a run for its money

Monday August 15th 2022


Breakfast at The Paper Mill in Lasswade.

In the first of a series of Midlothian View articles Angela Muir writes about breakfast spots in Midlothian.

From tapas to Thai, fine dining to fish and chips, afternoon teas and cocktails in the most beautiful of settings, Midlothian has something for everyone and, especially important at the moment, something for every budget! No need to head into Edinburgh to feast, we have so much right on our doorstep in Lasswade, Penicuik, Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg, Loanhead and Roslin to name a few.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, although as a fervent foodie, I find every meal to be extremely important! From the humble bacon butty to smashed avocado on sourdough toast, there will be a Midlothian eatery that will fit the bill.

One of my personal favourites is Beetroot Bar and Grill in Bonnyrigg which has arguably one of the best full Scottish breakfasts in the area. Every ingredient is of excellent quality and locally sourced. Go hungry, it’s a big one! Family and budget friendly, what’s not to like!

If you’re after breakfast with a view, look no further than The Paper Mill in Lasswade. Situated in a former paper mill with views over the river Esk, a brunch here is always a real treat. The menu ranges from breakfast baps, full breakfasts, eggs Benedicts (my absolute favourite) and healthy crushed avocado and poached eggs on toast.

A recent gem of a find for me is The Craigie Hotel in Penicuik. Service here is welcoming and friendly and they do a budget friendly offering of 2 breakfasts for £12.00 from Monday to Friday. The Kitchen, located in the heart of Dalkeith Country Park, is another beautiful brunch spot with stunning views of the parkland from their outdoor terrace. They also offer a great children’s breakfast menu too. Great place to fill the wee ones up before letting them loose in the beautiful grounds of the park. The Sun Inn in Dalkeith, The Laird and Dog in Lasswade, Dolly’s Tea Room in Roslin and The Orangerie at Dalhousie Castle are all worthy of a mention too.

If, like me, you have ravenous teens in the house, where quantity and budget is key, the unlimited cooked and continental breakfasts at Table Table, Esk Valley in Dalkeith are a good choice. As much hot food, pastries, pancakes and cereals as their hungry little hearts could wish for. The family friendly Elginhaugh Farm in Dalkeith is also a good choice for fuelling up the family for the day on a budget with it’s all you can eat breakfast and other morning favourites such as sweet and savoury loaded waffles and morning muffins.

The Elginhaugh is directly opposite Dobbies Garden Centre which is always a good location to walk off the breakfast calories and indulge in a spot of retail therapy, and there is a soft play for the little ones too. Dobbies has a very extensive breakfast menu of its own with a really good children’s menu (Little Seedlings) and plenty of vegetarian options too.

Whether it’s a leisurely weekend brunch with friends, fuelling up the family, or grabbing a quick bite to eat, Midlothian has brilliant breakfasts covered.

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