The Sheep Heid Inn

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The Sheep Heid Inn
STEPHEN ROBINSON

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.

Venue name: The Sheep Heid Inn
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Address: 43-45 The Causeway
Edinburgh
EH15 3QA
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Ashleigh A
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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 A drinks list that's comfortingly familiar but not so outdated that you're forced to order a bitter lemon.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.