News and Events

New Delivery Service for East Lothian Producers!

The Ridge has funding from the Coastal Community Fund to develop a delivery van scheme,based in Dunbar, covering East Lothian, that will provide the means to move small amounts of product and produce about East Lothian (potentially Edinburgh) more easily and more often. So we will work in collaboration with producers, sellers and users of local produce to ensure that producers can supply directly to local sellers and users in a sustainable and efficient way.

There are many reasons why local business don’t always use local produce and products and we will aim to tackle some of these as we develop this delivery service. The service will be fully subsidised for the first six months and we will seek further support to provide support for a further 6/12 months and over this time period we will be developing a pricing model that will aim to make it both sustainable in the longer term and a valued service to local producers, sellers and makers.

For more information, see the flyer here, or contact Joe Turner 07717 571 591, or: 


Supper Club at Crolla's Italian Kitchen

Visit Crolla's Italian Kitchen on a Tuesday night for the Musselburgh Supper Club!

Dining is communal and dinner starts at 7.30 pm prompt with diners eating tonight's chef's choice of 1 starter, 1 main and a dessert. vegetarian option available 
Price for 3 courses is £26.95 and includes a large glass of wine

PHONE NOW TO BOOK ON (0131) 273 5240!

Expansion for Thistly Cross!

Thistly Cross Cider has brought in the New Year by opening a new cidershed in East Lothian. Originally based at Thistly Cross roundabout, the company is excited to be expanding into the village of West Barns, about a mile down the road from their headquarters.

This allows Thistly Cross to increase their capacity sevenfold, and follow on from the company’s most successful year yet. The storage and production areas have expanded, and three new chiller tanks have been added to increase capacity. 

“I’m thrilled that Thistly is opening our new cidershed,” said Peter Stuart, Head Cidermaker. “We’ve had such a big demand for our cider this year and it’s fantastic to know we’re going to continue to be able to meet this.”

The new premises will allow Thistly Cross to meet increasing demand for their craft cider both inside and outside the UK, whilst still maintaining the small batch nature of their production.

“We still care very much about making a high quality product made from good ingredients,” Peter went on, “small batch cidermaking is at the core of Thistly’s philosophy.”

The move took place at the start of the year, with production now continuing at the new premises, where the buildings have a history dating back to the 1700s. 

East Lothian is home to some of the oldest farm steadings in the world and, back in 1798, the site was used to produce Scotch Whisky and, later, as a brewery and maltings. Now, Thistly Cross are slowly rebuilding West Barns steading, with plans to add a pressing room and tasting room, in addition to the fermentation and blending rooms already in operation.

“It’s fantastic to be able to add to the strong tradition of alcohol production in the heart of East Lothian, and our new location is steeped in heritage,” Peter said. “We can’t wait to contribute to the area’s rich history.” He continued, “when it comes to booze, Scotland is the best brand in the world and Thistly is heading that way with cider!”

NB Gin selected by Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club as one of most revered brands in the world

NB Gin, produced in North Berwick, is one of the companies featured in the new Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club (RREC) publication Strive for Perfection – A Celebration of Design & Luxury. And a bottle of the Scottish craft spirit will become a formal exhibit at the publication’s official launch in London.

As one of the most prestigious car clubs in history, the RREC has legions of devoted members around the globe. In recognition of this enduring appeal, it will be hosting a luxury showcase at London’s famous Saatchi Gallery to launch its new book. It’s here that a bottle of NB Gin will appear in a lit-up glass case and be placed on its own individual plinth.

Vivienne Muir, CEO of NB Distillery, where NB Gin is produced, commented: “We couldn’t be more delighted that the RREC has selected NB Gin to be part of its 2016 publication. From the very start, our focus has been on quality and we’re thrilled that it’s the quality of NB Gin which is driving its success. The fact that it’s being actively sought out by other luxury names means that the time and effort we put into getting our original recipe absolutely perfect was worth every minute.”

Read the full press release here.