The Sheep Heid Inn

Gastropub, Scottish·
££££
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SquareMeal Review of The Sheep Heid Inn

Situated round the corner from Duddingston Loch, the Sheep Heid Inn rightly claims to be Scotland’s oldest pub, with a history dating back to 1390. Halfway between Holyrood and Craigmillar castles, it was once a favourite with Scottish kings of yore, who would come and play in the pub’s skittle alley; it’s also said that James VI gifted an ornate ram’s-head snuff box in 1580, which probably explains the name. The pub’s historical clout and quaint charms are undeniable, but the place now has something of a chequered reputation in other departments: prices are reckoned to be quite steep for superior gastropub fare such as slow-braised shoulder of lamb with spiced couscous, while service can be glacially slow. Be warned that Sunday lunch is a bun fight – so take comfort in the excellent cask ales, well-chosen wines and flashy cocktails.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Gastropub, Scottish
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Location for The Sheep Heid Inn

43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH15 3QA

0131 661 7974

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Opening Times

Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm Frid-Sat 11am-12M & Sun 12N-11pm

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