A HISTORIC estate was licensed to serve alcoholic beverages after describing itself as a jewel in the tourist crown of East Lothian.
Newhailes House in Musselburgh has applied for a liquor license to support its newly renovated Stables Café and to enable events to be held on the grounds.
The National Trust for Scotland, which operates the 18th-century estate, said it did not expect it to become a major wedding venue, adding that it “does not attract buses full of visitors “, but described it as a popular spot for locals.
However, he argued that allowing Newhailes to offer his customers a drink inside and outside his cafe would add to his already licensed lawn, adding: “This local is a gem of the tourist crown of East Lothian, a five-star tourist attraction. ”
By applying for a license to serve alcohol seven days a week, the application suggested it could accommodate up to 550 people and could host weddings and other private functions.
The Newhailes estate is dominated by its 18th-century Palladian mansion, which is not part of the licensed premises.
The house was once home to generations of the Dalrymple family and features Rococo interiors, Italian marble fireplaces, a Chinese living room, and an impressive collection of artwork.
Its sprawling estate is a popular walking area for locals, with woodland walks and hidden caves and outbuildings.
The newly renovated stables have a two-story café and courtyard dining area, next to an ice cream parlor and children’s play area.
Applying for a license, trust representative Niall Hassard said it would allow the cafe to expand its offering to evening meals and dinners.
No objections were lodged by Police Scotland or the council’s licensing standards officer and there was no public representation.
The board unanimously granted the license with conditions to restrict unaccompanied access for children.