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The Sun Inn - Dalkeith
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The Sun Inn
East Lothian,
EH22 4TR
0131 663 2456
12 noon - 2pm & 6pm - 9pm Sun / 12 noon - 7pm

I was out of the foodie loop. People kept lowering their voices reverentially and asking me if I had been to The Sun Inn. When I replied no, they would insist, oh you must it's fab.

And so, Mr Bite and me found ourselves heading east one Sunday evening in our trusty camper Clovis, the sun setting behind us.

A pint of Holy Coo from the Borders Brewery kept him happy whilst I dunked freshly baked bread, all crispy crust and springy texture, into a chilled roasted vine tomato dip.

To start, I had a Jenga tower of expertly seasoned crispy polenta chips which I used to scoop up a gloriously gooey goats' cheese fondue. Honey gazed figs completed the plate. Whilst my index digit scraped ramekin, Mr Bite polished off crab claw meat, chilli and spring onion linguini, roast garlic and lemon butter; which he declared “a perfectly balanced dish."

Main course for me was pan-seared mackerel fillets, apple and watercress salad and potato croquettes, and fennel fondue. The latter was more a jam as it had been caramelised with OJ and brown sugar for hours. The resulting sweetness was yummy with the moist succulent flesh. I found the croquettes a tad rustic and under-seasoned. Mr Bite had ordered from the specials, braised and rolled shin of Border's beef, butter pastry cottage pie, horseradish mash, Savoy cabbage. Good, hearty Sunday fare but he singled out the mash for most praise; fresh horseradish, fiery without being eye-watering.

I chose one of my all time favourite puds,  Eton mess and it was perfectly good but Mr Bite's dessert was a showstopper. Milk chocolate cheesecake (3 inches tall!) with chocolate ganache and an iced espresso shot. The plate was sprinkled with cocoa gravel and dotted with plump raspberries.

The AA voted The Sun Inn winner of Scottish gastro pub of the year 2013 and you can see why. Numerous dishes use the best local suppliers' produce. They are cleverly devised and have consistency of execution and quality. And if you need more, it is exceptional value for money; 2 courses for £15 and 3 for £18 on a Sunday.

If you haven't been, you must, it's fab!


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