I popped in the Sheep Heid yesterday evening following a recommendation from a workmate, and was underwhelmed by the place, or more accurately the staff. Whilst it's a nice interior and has very comfy chairs, the 3 young barstaff milled around like extras from a George A Romero film, all vacant expressions and farts in a trance. Even though it wasn't busy it took ten minutes to get a pint, which was decent enough when it arrive. I was after food, but the menu, for which I had to hassle to get a copy, is stupidly pricey, even for Edinburgh. A tenner for haggis, neeps and tatties is just plain silly, and is plainly aimed at tourists who'll not know better. I disappeared after the pint to walk back to town.
Interestingly, the cask ales are served by electric pump rather than hand pull, but when I remarked on this to the spotty barboy (a bit like the adolescent in The Simpsons) he just grunted and started muttering "brains, brains". (Ok, I made the brains bit up, but he did do a good zombie impression.)
This is likely a grand pub for a quiet beer or three, particularly after a stiff climb up Arthurs Seat, and the Harviestoun I had was in very good condition indeed, if a tad pricey at £3.54. Only those with deep pockets will eat there, though, and you could die of thirst waiting to get served.
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- The Sheep Heid Inn Edinburgh, Scotland