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The Sheep Heid Inn
The Sheep Heid Inn
43-45 The Causeway,
Duddingston,
Edinburgh,
Midlothian,
EH15 3QA
+44 (0) 131 661 7974
Sun-Thurs food served 12 noon-8pm, last orders 7.45pm; Fri & Sat 12noon-9pm, last orders 8.45pm

As I'm sure we all know the weather can sometimes affect our choice of evening meal. And the amount we eat may even depend on our present mood. “Fitting", I thought, as our taxi rumbled up the narrow rain swept cobbled street toward The Sheep Heid Inn. I needed to be consoled away from the weather and I was feeling, well... hungry!

 

As Scotland's oldest pub (1360) The Sheep Heid Inn has surely experienced a few renovations over the years. But in its most recent incarnation it looks bang up to date as it successfully combines cosiness and Scottishness with flashes of elegance.

 

December 2011

 

As I'm sure we all know the weather can sometimes affect our choice of evening meal. And the amount we eat may even depend on our present mood. “Fitting", I thought, as our taxi rumbled up the narrow rain swept cobbled street toward The Sheep Heid Inn. I needed to be consoled, away from the weather, and I was feeling, well... hungry!

 

As Scotland's oldest pub (1360) The Sheep Heid Inn has surely experienced a few renovations over the years. But in its most recent incarnation it looks bang up to date as it successfully combines cosiness and Scottishness with flashes of elegance.

 
I wanted everything from the menu! Yet I conceded to choose just one helping of the mussels in Thai red curry sauce to start (£6.95). The mussels were extremely fresh and the creamy sauce was spicy but not overly so, which was a relief as upon finishing the seafood I was left with what was essentially Thai Red Curry soup. Bread and a spoon had been kindly provided however, and I was only too happy to mop up.

 

For my main I had chosen the slow roasted lamb shoulder (£14.50). This has to be the tenderest lamb I have ever eaten. It made me feel heavy handed as it dropped from the bone at the slightest tap. Combined with chunky fresh winter veg, truffle mash and a 'mum's-style' gravy, I hardly need to point out that this dish was utterly delicious. My comfort food cohort had opted for the venison steak (£16.95) with similar accompaniments and couldn't fault his either; “cooked to perfection" - exclaimed through a satisfied grin.

 

After these hefty mains the dessert menu was eyed with caution. I opted for the raspberry crème brûlée (£5.50) which, while creamy and very sweet, came in a manageably sized portion. My friend had perhaps been too ambitious in ordering the apple and blackcurrant crumble (£5.50) as it was deliciously homely and nearly went unfinished!

 

With its fantastic menu and surroundings The Sheep Heid Inn is the perfect place to wallow in comfort at any time of the day. On this night we had found ourselves under furious rainclouds but if you find yourself under, say, a hangover or an appetite of similar intensity then I might just know a place...

 

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