Book & Bee Illustration at Restoration Yard

The best places to eat around Dalkeith

PLACES TO EAT AROUND DALKEITH: Just a stone's throw from Edinburgh is the Midlothian town of Dalkeith. Away from the hustle of the city, Dalkeith and its surrounding areas offer some pretty cool places to eat with family or friends. Whether it's a child-friendly restaurant you're hunting down or a romantic eaterie, here's our round-up of the best places to eat around Dalkeith. And why.

1. THE PAPERMILL BAR & RESTAURANT

Best place to eat around Dalkeith...*with friends *with the kids *with dogs *LOVE the quirky decor

The Papermill in Dalkeith

Overlooking the beautiful River Esk in the tranquil conservation village of Lasswade, the Paper Mill is an all-day bar and restaurant within an historic former paper mill.

Reclaimed materials, screenprinted artworks and found objects create its cool industrial design aesthetic. The staff are friendly and super helpful while the menu is extensive, with lighter bar food for those evening drinks with friends. The best bit is the spacious outdoor terrace leads down to the riverbank therefore making it summer perfection.

The Paper Mill 2–4 Westmill Road, Lasswade EH18 1LX www.thepapermill-lasswade.co.uk

2.THE SUN INN

Best place to eat around Dalkeith for... *great fish & chips *long lunches with friends *LOVE IT for a romantic night away

The Sun Inn

This old coaching inn is a five-time AA Scottish Gastropub of the Year. It's menus comprise a delicious offering of Euro-Scottish fusion and delight on every visit. Make a romantic night of it and stay in one of the six beautifully decorated bedrooms with The Sun's Pamper Package.

The Sun Inn, Lothianbridge, Dalkeith, EH22 4TR. www.thesuninnedinburgh.co.uk

3. THE KITCHEN AT RESTORATION YARD

Best place to eat in Dalkeith for...*a beautiful lunch with stunning views *family friendly *LOVE the kids menu

Lunch at The Kitchen at Restoration Yard in Dalkeith

Not quite in Edinburgh but worth the quick trip. With views to die for, plus superb shopping and a kids' adventure park, The Kitchen at Restoration Yard, located at the heart of Dalkeith Country Park is your perfect city escape. The Kitchen's space, which matches traditional stone and brick with contemporary glass and zinc, plays the perfect host to an authentic and modern menu.

There is something for everyone. So lunch meat eaters will adore the classic steak burger, fish lovers can enjoy the delicious seared fillet of seabass and vegans will delight in the taste sensation that is the sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry. The breakfast and Afternoon Tea menus are also thoughtfully put-together to appeal to foodies of all ages.

The Kitchen at Restoration Yard, Via The King's Gate, Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Edinburgh, EH22 1ST www.restorationyard.com

4. ITIHAAS

Best place to eat in Dalkeith for...*an authentic curry  *friendly staff *LOVE the vegetarian choices

Curry at Itihaas in Dalkeith

This multi-award-winning Bangladeshi and Indian restaurant has a big reputation, which it lives up to. The food is always excellent as is the amazing hospitality making it a local favourite for good reason. Veggies and non veggies will adore the Murghi Chatt and the Chana Massallam.

Itihaas. 17-19 Eskbank Road, Dalkeith EH22 1HD. www.itihaasrestaurant.com

5. THE CAMPAIGN ROOM BISTRO at CARBERRY TOWER MANSION HOUSE

Best place to eat in Dalkeith for...*family get-togethers *LOVE Eat Well Live Well menu selection

The Campaign Room Bistro in Dalkeith

This is simply excellent food, in a lovely atmosphere with an impressive feeling of history. There is a really good selection of Scottish and seasonally sourced food on each of its menus. Discover its fresh salmon tartare or the beautiful venison steak with its plentiful selection of fresh seasonal vegetables, tender and very tasty. Not driving? There's a great cocktail list  and the bar staff know their stuff. This  unusual space with a lovely relaxed feel about it so lengthen your enjoyment with drinks in the garden after dinner.

The Campaign Room Bistro, Carberry Tower Mansion House, Carberry Tower Estate, East Lothian EH21 8PY. www.carberrytower.com/dining/bistro