Big Red Barn Café
We like to make everything as fresh as possible here. Our kitchen is experienced at creating delicious wholesome dishes from as local quality ingredients as possible, with a little twist of originality supplemented by our salads, herbs and vegetables from our raised beds and new Polycrubs.
We serve hearty breakfasts through to 11.30am, lunch til 4pm and tea and indulgent cakes until 5. Have a look at our sample menu to get a flavour of what we produce. We offer locally brewed ales and cider and have selected a warming Californian red and a delicious crisp South African white to accompany our food.
Our coffee is carefully selected by us and of Single Origin. This means all the beans are harvested on one Estate. We only use local organic milk in our coffees and hot drinks and our oat alternative comes from Glebe Farm. We also offer delicious loose-leaf teas from Edinburgh-based Eteaket. All our coffees and teas are sustainably sourced.
Pie Shed, Larch Room and Garden
Food to Go and Indoor and Outdoor Eating
Perfect for a quick pit-stop, you can come and ‘grab a bite’ To Go or sit out in our garden and enjoy the fresh air and views over the woods and surrounding hills. We offer beef and Broughton Ale, chicken and leek, macaroni cheese shortcrust pies, our special hearty sausage rolls and oven baked ciabattas. All are a meal in themselves! For those with a sweeter tooth we have a selection of homemade baking too. We also serve excellent single origin espresso coffee, tea, hot chocolate and soup.
Sitting in our garden makes for an enjoyable outdoor eating experience for the whole family and in inclement weather you can always be toasty and dry by our wood burning stove in the adjoining Larch Room where dogs are welcome too. During our winter Pie Shed hibernation all Pie Shed goodies are still available from the cafe counter.
We like to seek out the slightly unusual for our gifts offering, with a distinct emphasis on ‘sourced in Scotland’. We have a range of fine handmade Tweed and leather accessories and support local artists and designers Chloe Gardner, Hannah Longmuir, J S Ceramics and Bertie Girl to name but a few. We stock a quirky and topical selection of books and useful garden items too from Nutscene. There is an emphasis on local artists for cards and gift wrap.
We stock a small range of foods and drinks from Scottish suppliers - chocolate from Coco Chocolate in Edinburgh and apple juice from Clyde Valley Orchards, Little Herb Farm vinegars, spirits from Edinburgh Gin and our own Big Red Barn biscuits. Dogs aren’t forgotten thanks to treats from Kelso & Titch.
We also produce our own range of Big Red Barn jams and chutneys which have been gaining a bit of a following and are only available at the Barn. Look out for our Raspberry Jam (with the fruit coming from a grower in Fife), Sweet Tomato & Chilli Relish and our Ratatouille Chutney.
Bring some wellies or other decent footwear and wander off into our mixed 80 acres of woodland. There are some simple tracks to follow and beautiful views of Tinto and the Pentland Hills. This is an ideal place to let the children run free, explore and release a little of that youthful exuberance. Dogs under control are welcome too, so feel free to stretch your legs and theirs and breathe in a healthy dose of fresh air before or after a little sustenance in the café or from the Little Red Pie Shed. You may be lucky enough to spot some of the resident deer……
We like to make the best use possible of our natural resources and are quietly green in our approach to how we run the Big Red Barn. Any fallen trees are brought out of the woods, chopped into handsome lengths, seasoned and then fed into our biomass boiler to heat and provide hot water for the café. Our small wind turbine provides enough electricity for our own usage too, so we have enabled our little enterprise to be quite self-sufficient.