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“So close.....”

The Store at Belhaven
Ranked #12 of 36 Restaurants in Dunbar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$13
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 1 April 2014

We've now visited The Store 4 times....and I'd so like to give it a rave review because it's a very nice set up, the people are really friendly and the menu sounds so good....I'd love to love it....but it just doesn't quite get there with the food quality.

First visit was soup...a Mexican Chicken...it was a bit on the bland side...I know the place is really family friendly and perhaps the soup wasn't spicy or well seasoned to appeal to little palates...but it did disappoint slightly. Artisan bread was served alongside - generous portion - but it was flavoured with (I think) caraway seeds, not mentioned in the description, and was incredibly strong. Personal taste but perhaps a choice or at least a mention that the bread was very strongly flavoured/aromatic might have helped us make an informed choice.

Next visits were croque monsieur...billed as real croques because of the layer of bechamel on top. The first was pretty good...a little dry inside but it did have a reasonable layer of bechamel on top and was very tasty. On a subsequent visit we had croques again and they were nothing like as good. Dry, a bit overdone and if there had been bechamel on top it must have been a very thin layer. Not sure if this was different chefs or just an unlucky day.

Final visit and we had a BLT and a homemade mediterranean veg tart with side salad. The BLT was a bit thrown together and stone cold. This might have been by design! It was hard to tell if the veg tart had been taken from the oven and then served at whatever temperature it happened to be at when ordered or if it had been microwaved but it was lukewarm and the pastry was soggy. The egg filling was sadly overcooked. We couldn't eat it.

On our final visit the place was mobbed and the staff, although really busy, were really pleasant and helpful. It felt a bit like kicking them when they were down to complain...if it had been quieter we would have sent the tart back and I'm sure they'd have done something about it.

There is a very nice play area outside and a really cute little play shop for little people, and at weekends and holidays they have a kind of ice cream factory with locally made sorbets (all natural) for the kids. If you prefer something quieter or you don't have kids then maybe best to visit during the week!

A little bit more attention to detail with the food...especially with things that need to be reheated...would make a massive amount of difference. Coffee and tea are excellent quality and they have a lovely range of nice fruit juices and soft drinks. Service is great and you couldn't wish for a more family friendly place.

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Reviewed 23 February 2014

We Walked here thus afternoon and had a coffee and hot chocolate and two slices of yummy cake. Will go back when it gets warmer, maybe try the cooked breakfast next time.

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Trish L, Owner at The Store at Belhaven, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2014

Hello and thank you for taking the time to leave a review for The Store. Hot chocolate and cake after your walk sounds very well deserved! Please come back and see us again on Saturday mornings for a delicious cooked breakfast.

Best wishes,

Trish & Sandy Leckie

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Reviewed 23 January 2014

Breakfast cooked to perfection. Husband over the moon to find Illy coffee. The whole atmosphere is gorgeous and the supper club is brilliant fun. The farm shop is stocked with high quality frozen food and lots of treats that I used to have to travel to Edinburgh to find. Thank you for creating such a great place.

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Trish L, Owner at The Store at Belhaven, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2014

Hi Carol,

Thank you so much for your lovely, lovely review. We're glad you find the Supper Clubs to be such fun! When we set out to create The Store our intention was to create a little oasis of fabulous artisan produce - including Illy coffee! - for the people of East Lothian and beyond to enjoy. It's very rewarding that The Store has done just that for you. We hope to see you and your husband again soon.

All the best,

Trish & Sandy Leckie

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Reviewed 8 January 2014

Great little coffee shop. Good value meals with great variety of yummy choices. Good farm shop with especially good frozen meals e.g. curries much better than supermarket options.
pensioners deal on Wednesdays!

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Trish L, Owner at The Store at Belhaven, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2014

Hello there,

Thank you for your fab 5* review. We're delighted you enjoyed the meals and our Wednesday pensioners discount. We hope to see you again at The Store soon.

Many thanks,

Trish & Sandy Leckie

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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Out for a cycle locally and called in for a coffee.
Often coffee disappoints as it looks good but tastes of nothing, but not here. Good coffee to me means Illy and I was delighted to see they serve Illy here.
Nicew bit of chocolate cake had by two of us. Prompt and friendly service.
I will return.

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Trish L, Owner at The Store at Belhaven, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2013

Hi Rona,

Lovely to hear your thoughts on The Store.

We're very pleased that so many cyclists are making us a destination on their trips round East Lothian!

We're also delighted to hear that the coffee and cake was to your liking.

Hope to see you again soon,

Trish & Sandy Leckie

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