The Open Arms, Dirleton
Idyllic village setting for the two pubs either side of the village green, and each a stone throw from the romantic ruin of Dirleton castle. This is the lesser know and more attractive pub, from the exterior. The public bar has a basic, timeless air though it has a TV, tuned to sport. There are no real ales and no bar food though there is a restaurant. The fire will keep you cosy and the regular supply of a local drunk (normally more snozzled than you thought possible) may entertain. The landlord (a fine chap to ask about fishing in Scotland from base to apex) makes sure these paying entertainers keep in bounds, but only just. The bar has a tiny pool room attached, and the inn also boasts a garden, lounge bars, restaurant and accommodation, though we have yet to sample any of these. This pub has un-manufactured charm and a wonderful location, but with the potential of widening the offer and getting less inebriated punters in, it is a shame to not be able to award it another pint of two.
The Green, Dirleton, Dirleton, East Lothian, EH39 5DU
01620 850 241
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