East Lothian venue seeks 50-strong team

A new restaurant and bar launching this summer, is set to bring 50 new jobs to East Lothian and the Edinburgh region.

The Lawn, which will open as part of the Marine & Lawn Hotels & Resorts collection at Marine North Berwick, will be accompanied by bar and lounge The Bass Rock.

It is currently recruiting for numerous roles ahead of opening, from senior management to chefs and hosts. 

MasterChef: The Professionals’ Chris Niven, previously executive chef at The Fairmont, St Andrews and The Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh, will head up The Lawn restaurant; the focus will be on the very best ingredients from East Lothian and the surrounding area.

Diners can expect to see lobster fresh off the Seacliff Fishing boat from Seacliff Harbour, fish smoked locally at Belhaven, as well as vegetables grown minutes from the hotel by Phantassie Organic and game from West Lothian’s Castle Game. 

As well as The Lawn, Niven will also oversee the menus for the hotel’s bar and lounge, The Bass Rock. There will be a range of small and large dishes to choose from: Loch Fyne oysters, Mackerel pâté and a steak and bone marrow burger.

The bar offers views of its namesake, which sits in the Firth of Forth, and will serve cocktails, international wines, award winning whiskies and local spirits, together with Scottish craft beers and ales. 

“I am thrilled to be launching the dining concepts for such an iconic property like Marine North Berwick," says Niven. 

"I have been championing Scottish produce for 20 years now, so getting to work with the fantastic local suppliers around East Lothian is a really exciting prospect. The menu is being created around the very best ingredients.

"Dishes will not be complicated; the flavours of the produce will really shine through. North Berwick is such a beautiful location with a real sense of community. It is not too far from Edinburgh as well, making it the perfect escape from the city.” 

The Lawn and Bass Rock Bar and Lounge at Marine North Berwick will be developed and operated by White Rabbit Projects, whose hospitality portfolio includes Lina Stores, Kricket and Island Poké. 

Part of the Marine & Lawn collection, which is owned by Adventurous Journeys (AJ) Capital Partners, Marine North Berwick will be joined by two additional Scottish golf properties: Rusacks St Andrews in July 2021 and Marine Troon when it relaunches and joins the collection in spring 2022. 

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