Calling Runners in the Scottish Half Marathon + 10K!

On Sunday 23rd September, the Scottish Half Marathon + 10K will be taking place in East Lothian and I, the owner of the Mercat Grill will be running.  Post race, I would like to invite all fellow runners to a celebration BBQ party at our bar & restaurant, only a ten-minute drive from the finish line (at Musselburgh Race Course), in the village of Whitecraig!

From 2pm, you can cool down over a relaxing drink, enjoy a complimentary burger or hotdog from the BBQ and take in the music and party atmosphere as we celebrate our achievements – in our outdoor beer garden (weather permitting)!

I’m really looking forward to this half marathon in our beautiful home county of East Lothian.  We’d love as many runners as possible to come back to our family-friendly village pub and restaurant and truly relax, celebrate your achievement and enjoy our hospitality for the afternoon.  Good luck with the race and we hope to see you on 23 September!

Please reserve your place (s) by calling us on 0800 124 4112 or email

Try the Rare ‘Winter Storm’ a 21-Year Old-Malt

We are one of only a handful of venues in Scotland offering you the chance to buy a nip of this very exclusive, limited edition, single malt by William Grant & Sons, launched as part of its Glenfiddich Experimental Series last October.  There’s only 8000 bottles in the world so it’s certainly a very special whisky to sample.

We’ve only got two bottles, which we’ll be selling for £20 a nip.  It’s a beautiful tasting, rare whisky, so you’ll be in for a real treat, but you’ll need to get in fast!  And despite the name, it’s ideal in the warm summer months, with its sweet notes similar to candied fruit and Turkish delight which develop into flavours of mouth-watering lychee.

Our Promotion with Prentice Coaches

We’ve teamed up with award-winning, local bus company, Prentice Coaches to offer passengers an exclusive 20% off their food bill, when they dine here at the Mercat Grill between now and 17/8/18 (excluding Sat-Sun & bank holidays) and there is the chance to win a meal for two!  The 111 service has recently increased its number of journeys and runs regularly from Haddington via Whitecraig (handily, right outside the Mercat Grill) to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and serves lots of locations en-route, from Gullane, Port Seton, Prestonpans, Wallyford to Musselburgh.

Simply travel on-board any of Prentice Coaches’ buses and you’ll receive a 20% off voucher with your bus ticket.  You must pre-book your table and quote Prentice Coaches promotion at time of booking and requesting your bill, so we can apply your discount.  With your bus voucher, you can also enter our competition to win a meal for two at the Mercat Grill by going to the ‘Mail Us’ section of our website to enter (, putting PC Competition in the subject.  Closing date for entries is 17/8/18.

Terms & Conditions;

For 20% Discount – Passengers can get 20% off their food bill (drinks are excluded).  One voucher can be used for a maximum of four people dining.  Offer valid Mon-Fri until 17/8/18 (excludes Sat-Sun & bank/public holidays), pre-booking is essential with Prentice Coaches promotion mentioned at time of reservation and when requesting bill.  Valid for over 18s and all bookings subject to availability.  Only food item excluded from this promotion is the T-bone steak.

For Competition to Win a Meal for Two – Prize is a meal for two, up to the value of £50 plus a bottle of house wine.  Prize can be can taken Mon-Fri until 16/11/18 (excludes bank/public holidays), pre-booking is essential with Prentice Coaches’ winner mentioned at time of reservation and on arrival at our venue.  Winner must be over 18 and booking is subject to availability.  Only food item excluded in this prize is the T-bone steak.

Good luck!

Our Latest Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is out! Read about our brand-new promotion with Prentice Coaches with the chance to win a meal for two + 20% off your food bill, kids can munch at the Mercat for £1 in the school summer holidays and we’ve got two special events; one for the ladies and the other for the doggies (plus their owners)!


Our Business Feature

Here we are featured in the summer edition of East Lothian’s business magazine Buzz – see page 2 by clicking on the link and downloading the issue.

Kids Munch at Mercat for a £1 in School Holidays

The school summer holidays can be an expensive time for parents so news that our family-run and family-friendly venue is offering your kids the chance to eat wholesome tasty meals for a £1, may come as welcome relief!  We’re running our ‘Kids Eat for a £1’ promotion from 2nd July to 14th August, available from 12-5pm (last orders 4:45pm), Monday to Friday.

Owner Graham Blaikie said: “Families who have been out visiting one of the many attractions in East Lothian, can swing by and take advantage of our great offer, to help save pennies.  We offer great hospitality and pride ourselves in dishing up fantastic, fresh and wholesome meals, served in our bright and airy conservatory dining area or ‘alfresco’ if the sun is shining, in our safe, fenced terraced area.  Up to three kids can eat a fresh and tasty main meal for only £1 each, when accompanied by two adults ordering at least a main course each plus drinks.  Kids starters and desserts can be added for a £1 each.  We look forward to seeing you soon!”