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BOUTIQUE MAKEOVER

THE SUN INN, NEWTONGRANGE

LOCATION
This former mining stronghold – the remains of which, The Scottish Mining Museum, is five minutes away – is an unlikely setting for a boutique hotel and restaurant.

CHARACTER
I knew this as a quirky and somewhat dull pub that did food. What a transformation. It has been refurbished mainly as a casual place to eat; intimate, personal and deserving of the “boutique” tag.

ROOMS
None are generous, and the suite is really only a room with a corridor and dressing room. Its deep copper bath really is special, however, and extraordinarily comfortable for two to sit in for hours. Fine mattresses and bed linen make for a great night’s sleep. The rooms at the front could suffer from traffic noise. Striking modern décor, with lots of warm, solid oak.

FOOD
We stayed on a Tuesday and the restaurant/bistro was full and buzzing. Breakfasts are generous and the lunch and dinner menus are varied and imaginative; Scottish produce is promoted minus the tartanry. Everything was beautifully cooked and presented and the service was perfect.

WE LIKE
The fact there was no need to head into Edinburgh for a good meal, which would have been the case previously in this locale; very comfortable covered outside bar, again a rarity in this part of the world.

NOT SO KEEN
The décor of some rooms, given their size, is a bit heavy going, making them feel a little cramped. There were some teething problems with the plumbing.

Full Review – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/hotels/ukhotels/hotelsinscotland/7398678/The-Sun-Inn-Edinburgh-hotel-review.html

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