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“Dinner at the Sheep Heid”
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The Sheep Heid Inn
Ranked #189 of 389 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Edinburgh
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“Dinner at the Sheep Heid”
Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

Four of us were booked in for dinner at 7pm on Friday 2 May. We ordered starters and mains at about 7.15, the starters arrived about 20 minutes later and we'd finished them by 8pm. We then waited almost an hour without any sign of the main courses. We asked if our order had been forgotten. After about another 5 minutes two mains arrived, without explanation or apology. A further 10 minutes passed by and then the other two main courses arrived, again without explanation or apology. The pub was very busy and so some waiting was inevitable but our waiting time was quite excessive, it seemed clear that our order had been forgotten and at no time did anyone explain or apologise for the delay. The food it should be said was excellent but after such very poor service we are unlikely to return.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Our first visit here, with family staying with us from Wales and we wanted to treat them to the "famous" sunday lunch at the Sheeps Heid on Easter Sunday. We were looking forward to it, only to be hugely disappointed - I felt a bit embarrased as I had raved about the reviews.
The lunch was average at tops,and overpriced for the quality. The 3 small roast potatoes on each plate were hardly roasted,more like boiled potatoes, two meals contained very chewy beef, and a burnt yorkshire pudding, which meant there was a lot left on the plate. We mentioned this to the waitress and she just shrugged. It was very busy as it was Easter Sunday, but this is no reason to let the quality slide.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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We had a 50th birthday party booked and we had a fab time! The staff couldn't do enough for us and service was excellent. The food was very good and prompt. The staff were very considerate. The skittles afterwards were definetly worth it too! Huge thanks to the Sheep's Heid for a great birthday!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

Beautiful location, lovely pub & food. Very friendly service. Highly recommended. We ordered the Sunday roast & food plentiful. Wine Malbec very good & deserts delightful. We are visitors to Scotland but will defo come back here

  • Stayed April 2014
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Can't fault the lunch we had yesterday. The service was swift and friendly, the scampi and beef and haggis pie were excellent, as was the chocolate mousse, the real ale was very good and we managed to work off a bit of lunch with a game of skittles, Can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

We went as a family of six for Sunday dinner, service was exceptionally slow despite the fact that we were after the main rush period. Three of us had the roast beef which was exceptionally tough with Luke warm mediocre vegetables. My wife had the pork which she said was nice but the same complaint re the veg. We decided not to do dessert as we had been there for nearly two hours, when I paid the bill, I was asked if everything was alright, I commented about the beef quality and the server said "oh yes, we have had a lot of complaints about that today" so why didn't they do something about that? It is a shame as the setting is lovely, but there are far better eateries in Edinburgh.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

Over the years, many friends had mentioned the Sheep Heid and so on a very blustery day, we thought what a great idea to go to what we thought was a traditional pub serving great food in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere...unfortunately we were obviously a few years too late.
No real Ales for my beer loving hubby "We are more of a restaurant than a pub" he was told when he asked for the selection. All they had that day was Staropramen, Tennants and one other...surely they should be tapping in to the amazing real ale brewing of Scotland and selling that even if just bottles?
Service was really very slow - two girls seemed busy but the other two seemed to spend more time gossiping (there is a handy little cubby hole where they place their orders where they seemed to stay and blether with each other instead of actually seeing if they could help the customers). It took 2 hours for us to have our main and some ice cream.
Food is rather uninspiring - waitress forgot to give us the specials menu (which we found out about later) and we were told that there was no seafood left. Husband's duck was expensive and a small portion and the dauphinoise potatoes were rather gloopy and un dauphinoise-like! Daughter's fish and chips were very greasy, way too big for a kids portions and came with a thimble full of mushy peas. To be honest, the food just did not seem to be fresh (perhaps the specials were) but relied on pre-made. My burger was fine but no dressing on the salad which just seems rather unthoughtful.
The roaring fire they mention on their website is a rather small one and the heat doesn't reach further than about 2 foot so we were pretty cold all the way through the meal.
There are tables downstairs and upstairs - it looks a little more formal upstairs.

They have a traditional skittles alley there which looked fun - as we have never been there before, and didn't know it had to be booked and paid for, we asked if we could have our desserts through there so we could play - a simple enough question? One of the waitresses said that someone had it booked so it was only free for the next 40 mins. "Can we have a go then" I asked, "You will have to pay for a full hour - that's £20". Hmmm so I have just spent a whole load of money eating in your restaurant and I am asking for my daughter to have a shot and you can't find it in your heart to let her have a go for 10 mins? Officious, unempathetic and clearly didn't realise that she is supposed to actually be nice to customers.

In short - avoid, no heart, no soul and Edinburgh had far better pubs...try the Bow Bar for beer/Whisky and Scran & Scallie for food!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Property: The Sheep Heid Inn
Address: 43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh EH15 3QA, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Southside & Holyrood
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Ranked #189 of 389 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Number of rooms: 15
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The Sheep Heid Inn Edinburgh, Scotland

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