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 Sheep Heid Inn, Duddingston, Edinburgh


Sheep Heid Inn
43-45 The Causeway
EH15 3QA

Contact:David Jardine (Landlord)
Tel: Coming Soon
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Wine Selection * Bar Food * Scenic Pubs
Beer Garden * Wheelchair Access

About the Pub
  Beautiful little pub nestled in the village of Duddingston at the rear of Arthur's Seat. The Sheep Heid has been visited by Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary Queen of Scots to namedrop but a couple of the royals. The curved bar is fitted out in dark wood and lots of leaded glass is used between the bench seating. A large painting of the nearby Battle of Prestonpans in 1745 has pride of place in the main bar. Outside the rear of the pub there is a quaint little beer garden with lots of overhanging trees and to the back of this is the skittle alley which can be hired out for private parties. The bar food menu is good value as is the beer. On a sunny afternoon this is a great place to sit in the garden and enjoy some food, drink and beautiful surroundings.
Linda - July 2002
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Lynda Rutherford
Just visited the Sheep Heid Inn and had a great time.Good choice of food on the menu and cooked to perfection.New manager and all his staff really friendly with a great atmosphere will be back.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Rating: rosettes

Shawn Watson
Lovely pub, BAD staff
Went there for a quiet cappuccino and a bowl of chips today. I was told that they were only serving food upstairs. My goal to have a comfortable bite to eat was dashed when I entered the packed, and very loud (and very bright) eating area up top.

Can I help you? the waitress said, with a notable tone of confusion and a little bit of annoyance. As if someone standing by the 'please wait here to be seated' sign was the most uncommon and unnatural thing to happen in that part of the pub.

I spoke plain, clear-as-day, proper, well-spoken English to the old waitress. She didn't understand a word (not the first time I have had this problem with this woman), which just made ME look like an idiot. I left, returning to the ground floor.

When I got back to the bar I just ordered a cappuccino and retired to a dark corner to read, starving.

ONLY serving food upstairs is a bad idea. But the fact that the barman had an attitude about fetching me more sugar for my coffee kinda soured the experience further. It took him 15 seconds, but he acted like I was sending him out to a minefield.

The staff in this place need to get their act sorted out. It would be such a lovely place if they all raised their IQs a little or just stopped being snobs. Oh...and fire that old waitress!!!
Friday, May 20, 2011
Rating: rosettes

Fiona Macleod
Don't Ask for Wine!!!!
Food Good as Pub Grub goes BUT oh dear what a miserable wine selection. Of those listed only the cheapest 2 were available and having choosen 1 it was rank! Having complained, no-one appeared to answer our complaint but we were charged for the privilage! Our mistake was to have poured 3 Glasses because we stupidly thought this place wouldn't sell el cheopo vino at vastly marked up prices!! The only saving grace was that my mother had a bottle of M&S wine in the car (8.00) which our poor waitress agreed that we could drink. It is amazing that a pub that promotes itself in the way that it does didn't have the advertised wine in stock and of what was available couldn't supply a fresh bottle. The waitress on duty was completely harassed and was coping under difficult circumstances but service was so slow that we abandoned any thoughts of coffees and follow-up drinks. This pub is clearly trading on its name and doesn't care a hoot because they know people will keep on coming due to its location and history!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Rating: rosettes

Campbell Gillan
Super food, super beer, super atmosphere. A wonderful place to find at the end of a good tramp over Arthurs Seat.
A proper pub!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Rating: rosettes

john neill
avoid this pub
pop round to the sheep heid last night for a drink and something to eat, found the food cold just like the staff, rude with attitude problems, very unprofessional staff, recommend that you don't bother until the staff are retrained with manners or it may be only the sunday staff that cant be bothered. will not be back.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Rating: rosettes

Lovely relaxed atmosphere
Popped in for the first time for a spot of lunch while visiting relatives.
It is like a step back into the past with lots of old brick a brack and pics on the walls.
Found the staff really freindly and chatty and the food was taisty at a reasonable price.
Will definatly be visiting again and have recommended to friends and family.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Rating: rosettes

S Orr
Staff were very rude. Wont be back
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Rating: No rosettes

manager was very rude
I popped in with some friends from England.

Not impressed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Manager very rude!!
My advise steer clear.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Rating: No rosettes

manager was very rude
I popped in with some friends from England.

Not impressed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Manager very rude!!
My advise steer clear.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Rating: No rosettes

Lorraine Roy
manager was very rude
I popped in with some friends from England.

Not impressed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Manager very rude!!
My advise steer clear.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Rating: No rosettes

Happy Scots!!!
I was in this bar last summer. Wonderful place, very cozy. Cider and beer were delicious, potatoes with cheese, too. Happy Scots, you have such a good bar! In Moscow, I remember him :))
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Rating: rosettes

Great Pub
Sheep Heid is a brill old pub (real old - not plastic olde)

loads of interesting historical things cover the walls an nooks...

the ale and food is good...

and the Skittle Alley is amazing...

there is no where like this place - if I lived nearby I'd be there every day.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Rating: rosettes

Unfortunately left too early, wish I would have stayed.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Rating: rosettes

William Drake
Best of the old and best of the new
I LOVE this pub. It has character, age, authenticity and charm in an age of modernity, falsehoods and lack of anything approaching substance. I always feel welcome, I can keep my own counsel or find a new friend. It's a great tavern in the best traditions of Scottish pubs, if you haven't been yet you should go there soon!
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Rating: rosettes

good time
awsome food and great staff, was real neat to see oldisst skittle lanes Thanks for tour
Friday, September 29, 2006
Rating: rosettes

Jenni Thompson
You should go just to meet the dog!
I've just been to the Sheep Heid and met the landlord's charming little dog Hector. What a cutey, he's a little bear that just gives the pub that extra special something. Great food and wonderful beer, (Schehallion (sp?) was my favourite) and I had a quick shot of the skittles, I can't wait to go back next time I'm in Edinburgh.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Rating: rosettes

Alf Thomas
Great Pub
This a great pub with great, friendly staff, a good place to have a beer and just chill out if nothing else.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Rating: rosettes

michael crean
its really awesome, i like it.
Friday, December 16, 2005
Rating: rosettes

Geoff Monks
Never had a bad experience at the Sheep Heid since the new management and staff took over!
Wonderful place, good food, great atmosphere!
Monday, October 17, 2005
Rating: rosettes

What a change
I'm a regular at the sheep heid and i'd just like to say what a job all the staff are doing to make it a happy warm place, which has been needed for a long time.

Well done & keep up the good work.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Rating: rosettes

Bowling Night
Just had a staff night out at the Sheep Heid Skittle Alley. What a great night, beats the hell out of a night at megabowl, we had the alley to ourselves, we had a huge buffet, the drinks were cheap and everyone left merry. You can't ask for more. 10 out of 10
Thursday, July 7, 2005
Rating: rosettes

Tom Hendy
BBQ fun
Just took my dog along to the Sheep Heid for a quick drink in the garden and found they were running a barbecue. Even though it was a bit rainy (one of the staff opened the umbrellas when it got heavy) we had the best venison burgers I've had in years! Top stuff, I can't wait for a sunny day now.
Sunday, July 3, 2005
Rating: rosettes

Janet Fraser
Back on Form
We hadn't been out to the Sheep Heid for a couple of years after several bad experiences in a row. We went out last week and boy, what a difference! The food was a million percent improved, the staff looked happy to be there and the bar was happily free from a selection of old local cronies propping it up and scaring the bejesus out of any strangers. Well done the new management, keep up the good work, Edinburgh's oldest pub is a great and welcoming place again.
Thursday, June 30, 2005
Rating: rosettes

James MacFarlane
What a Hidden Gem
I never knew pubs like this could exist in the middle of a city, great staff, great beer and fantastic food. All to be enjoyed in the garden of the oldest pub in the country (so the staff tell me!)
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Rating: rosettes

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Sheep Heid Inn
43-45 The Causeway
EH15 3QA

Contact:David Jardine (Landlord)
Tel: Coming Soon
See Map


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