I moved up to North Berwick last year, after visiting a few times I couldn’t resist its charm. It really does have a lot going for it: beaches, seafront, busy high street, independent coffee shops and restaurants. If you add in the 30 minute direct train line to Edinburgh then you have it all. The Lobstershack is one of the places that would make my perfect ‘one day itinerary’ for a visitor to North Berwick. Indeed, it did get a mention in my Pawfect Weekend post. I couldn’t be more delighted that it’s dog friendly.
I visited with Audrey in June 2018. I paid £9.95 for fish and chips, and £1.50 for a bottle of sparkling water.
- Dog Friendly: 8.5/10
- Solo Friendly: 10/10
- Location: 10/10
- Comfort/Design: 7.5/10
- Food/Drinks: 9/10
- Free Wifi: No
- Value for Money: 8/10
- Overall Blog On A Dog Approval Score: 9/10
The Lobstershack is part of the Nether Abbey group, a family owned business in North Berwick. It also includes The Nether Abbey Hotel and The Rocketeer. All three establishments are dog friendly, and I’m not ashamed to admit I have been to all 3 with Audrey. It’s a business we are very happy to support.
Situated in North Berwick harbour, nicely sheltered from the Scottish weather, The Lobstershack is a glorified hut. Well, shack I guess! But, most importantly, out of that hut comes delicious freshly prepared seafood that you can enjoy in their quirky undercover seating area. If you are coming into North Berwick by train, a walk along the length of the high street and then along Victoria Road, with its pretty cottages painted in seaside colours, will get you to the harbour. If the seating area is full, or the weather is glorious, there are plenty of benches along the harbour walls. The location is nothing short of fabulous, and you really do feel like you’re on holiday eating fresh seafood while watching the activity in the harbour.
One of the big draws of North Berwick for me, was how dog friendly it is. I can pretty much guarantee there will always be more than one dog at the harbour. There is usually a water bowl by The Lobstershack, although I didn’t spot it this time. The staff were very friendly with Audrey, and the tables are spaced well enough to allow your dog some room.
I haven’t actually ever been to The Lobstershack by myself, there’s always someone that wants to tag along. However, I wouldn’t hesitate to go solo. It’s a great spot for people watching.
Comfort and Design
The Lobstershack is in its 8th year, and last year they added undercover seating. It is incredibly well sheltered from the wind, which is very important in Scotland. The seating reflects the location and overall vibe. The tables and seating are ideal for the experience, but don’t expect posh tables and chairs.
The food comes in cardboard boxes, which I actually think adds to the experience. But if you come expecting plates and silver cutlery, you will be disappointed. If you look to the back of this shot, you can see benches line the harbour walls, so even if the seating is full at The Lobstershack, you should be able to find a nice spot.
Food and Drinks at The Lobstershack
‘Our charming little eatery offers the seas most plentiful bounty in a stunningly delicious and affordable way’. Sounds good doesn’t it! They also stress that only ethically caught seafood is used, and all of the cutlery etc is biodegradable and sustainably sourced. Big tick for them that they are helping to preserve the beauty of our coastline. I do need to point out that there isn’t really anything on the menu if you don’t eat fish. But given their niche, I can forgive them for that. They are fully licensed, and even have a bottle of Tattinger on their menu.
Of course, they are famous for their lobster, either half or whole. I have never had the pleasure, but one day I will. Preferably when someone else is paying! I have had the fish and chips, seafood chowder and squid before (all on different days!) and all have been delicious. The Lobstershack is not in any way, a ‘chippy’, the food is absolutely restaurant quality, and the prices do reflect that.
Final Thoughts on The Lobstershack
The very best thing, is its location. I would love to say that the weather is always gorgeous in Scotland, but I won’t. The wind is a big factor up here, especially right on the coast. But The Lobstershack is extremely well positioned, and with the added benefit of the covered seating area, it is a lovely option on a sunny day.
For dessert, I recommend either the S.Luca Ice Cream Van that is often parked opposite the lifeboat station, or a stroll back up Victoria street will take you to Alanda’s Gelateria for award winning ice cream. They are dog friendly.
The Lobstershack, North Berwick Harbour
Phone: 07910 620 480
The opening hours are very seasonal, and they cIose as soon as they run out, so I would keep this in mind. They are very popular, so don’t plan on turning up at the end of the day, as chances are they will be shutting up shop.
The Rocketeer, ran by the same people is just minutes away. It is currently being refurbished and will be completely indoors, but still with fabulous views of the East Beach. It his due to open back up at the end of June.