The Sheep Heid Inn, Edinburgh
The legendary Sheep Heid Inn in Duddingston has undergone a huge refurbishment and will open again this month to guests. The Inn, cited as one of the oldest in Scotland, has been around in various forms since 1360, has seen many famous faces pass through its doors including James VI - son of Mary Queen of Scots - Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.
As part of the refurbishment, the pub has received a full makeover, creating a new informal dining area close to the bar, as well as giving the current dining area and bar a new look - whilst still maintaining the pubs highly valued heritage.
We were invited by the Sheep Heid and McCann PR to not only check out the interior but enjoy their new (and huge) dinner menu.
I had often associated the Inn with a warm Sunday afternoon sipping cider in their courtyard. What I discovered was far more impressive. Yes, it is a perfect location for a sesh but the interior and restaurant are geared up for a far more sophisticated visit.
The food ranges from succulent high quality options to much loved pub grub. Every thing on the menu appealed to me if I am honest; steaks, pizza, salads... I opted for Deep Fried Brie and Pork Belly with Scallops - my absolute favourite. The Inn have tapped into the modern appetite and offer not only a huge range of puddings but lighter cocktails - surprise surprise, the Pornstar Martini won.
My friends enjoyed a variety of skewever starters, steaks and pasta - all praising each course. The prices were incredibly reasonable, particularly when you feel like you are dining in the highest quality of restaurants.
The decor was truly stunning. In the bar area, they have tapped into legend and local tales; some skates hang on the wall - a nod to the famous skating Reverend. Bonny Prince Charlie smiles down on drinkers and the (not original) Sheep's Heid knowingly watches over the busy bar staff.
And of course, the famous skittle alley has been given a loving makeover too. In partnership with Johnnie Walker, there is improved lanes, skittles and is fully branded creating a cool space to hang out with friends.
Nigel Robertson, Johnnie Walker Account Manager at Diageo said “Partnering with The Sheep Heid Inn has been a great fit for Johnnie Walker as two brands steeped in Scottish heritage. It’s great to support such an institution in Edinburgh’s bar scene, and enhance the experience for visitors and locals in the community.”
The pub has made several new additions to complement its existing team, including new Head Chef Andrew Little who has 34 years of experience running kitchens.
The one thing I would say was that when we left the Inn, we had a new appreciation for our surroundings. Duddingston is an ancient and beautiful little village. I can't wait to explore more - and of course make a stop at The Sheep's Heid.
Located right in the heart of Edinburgh, the Sheep Heid is easily accessible with both Edinburgh Waveley and Edinburgh Haymarket train stations nearby. Visit their website or Facebook for more details.
Thank you to the Sheep Heid Inn and McCann PR who gifted myself and three guests a three course dinner, canapes and associated drinks.