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The Sheep Heid Inn

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The Sheep Heid

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Eat and drink like a King at this historic village pub on the outskirts city with lovely views and a ye olde worlde skittle alley

This village pub by Duddingston Loch used to be ‘a firm favourite among past monarchs and poets’ according to its website. Now it’s a firm favourite among climbers of Arthur’s Seat in need of refreshment, students keen on Scotland’s oldest skittle alley and Sunday roast-hunters. Most punters will leave happy - it’s a busy, smart pub, restored from the original 16th century public house, and now complete with cosy open fires, squashy cushions and a beer garden.

Big selling points include feeling like you’re in a country inn, when you’re still in the city and the stunning views of Holyrood Park and Samson’s Ribs. The food is gastro-pub rather than pub grub: enjoy BBQ shredded pork sandwiches with roast apple and fries (£7.95), sausage and mash with green beans and fried onions (£8.95), or gnocchi, meatballs, burgers, fishcakes and tarts - all carefully, artistically presented, and accompanied by local cask ales, a bottle of sparkling rosé or something from their long cocktail list. The tangy rosehip and rhubarb fizz (£5.95) hits the spot particularly nicely.

By: Claire Sawers



Address: 43-45 The Causeway
EH15 3QA

Users say (2)

5 out of 5 stars

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We had a beautiful lunch here on a cold and rainy day, making the historic setting seem even more atmospheric. They have a two course set menu lunch for £11.95, which is great value. The food and service was lovely and we will be back again to sit in the beer garden on a sunnier day! 

Staff Writer

A good, old fashioned lovely pub. A food menu of Scottish classics (yes, we ordered haggis) that you can work up an appetite for on the skittle alley. A drinks list that's comfortingly familiar but not so outdated that you're forced to order a bitter lemon. Touristy, sure, but sometimes places are famous for a reason.