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Sheep Heid Inn
43-45 The Causeway
+44(0)131 661 7974
Overall score: ★★★★★
Disclaimer: This meal was gifted by The Sheep Heid Inn. The opinions expressed in this article remain my own.
Scotland’s oldest pub, The Sheep Heid Inn, has recently reopened with a new lick of paint and a brand new vegan menu. Nestled in Duddingston Village on the edge of Holyrood Park, this pub is perfectly located to enjoy a pint and a feed after a day hiking around Arthur’s Seat.
Even though this pub is steeped in history, Mr B and I always just assumed that The Sheep Heid Inn wouldn’t cater for us, so you can imagine our delight when we discovered it actually has quite a big vegan offering!
Vegan food at The Sheep Heid Inn
For such a traditional venue, The Sheep Heid Inn takes its vegan offering seriously. There is a full plant-based menu for vegan diners, and the server was keen to tell me that all their chips are prepared in separate fryers to avoid cross-contamination.
The menu has a good mix of options, and those with a sweet tooth will be particularly impressed with the range of tempting desserts on offer.
To nibble and share
- Nocellara olives
- Mezze platter Roasted lentil falafels, beetroot hummus with omega seed sprinkle, miso sesame aubergine, Lebanese style dip, spiralised carrot salad, coconut tzatziki and flatbread
- Homemade soup of the day with rustic bread
- Roasted lentil falafel on beetroot hummus with Lebanese style dip and ciabatta
- Pan-fried mushrooms with spring onions and garlic, served wi tha soy, lime ginger dip and a rice paper cracker
- Lavish vegetable flatbread with caramelised onion chutney, sesame miso aubergine, pesto and rocket
- Slow-roasted tomato, basil and almond bake with roasted sweet peppers, oyster mushrooms and a slow-roasted tomato dressing
- Caramelised onion tart filled with roasted red peppers and lentils, served with pesto, beetroot hummus and toasted seeds
- Plant-based burger served in a sesame seeded bun with coconut tzatziki, slow-roasted tomato sauce, lettuce and house salad
- Spiced coconut curry served with miso sesame aubergine, broccoli, a scrunched red chilli and sticky jasmine rice
- Wholefood salad with leaves, roasted vegetables, broccoli, avocado, seeds and a pineapple, lemongrass & ginger dressing Add roasted lentil falafel for an extra cost
- Tenderstem broccoli, asparagus & green beans in a soy glaze
- Rocket & balsamic salad
- Chocolate tart topped with chocolate sauce and fresh berries
- Blackcurrant mousse on a biscuit base, served with crushed mago and fresh strawberries
- Treacle & pecan tart with soy vanilla custard
- Coconut milk sorbet with fresh berries
- Pineapple tart tatin topped with mango and served with coconut milk sorbet
How much does it cost?
The above feast would have cost £39.15 excluding drinks. Starters range from £5 – £7, mains hover around the £12.50 mark (although the £7.95 vegetable flatbread is a good option for the budget-conscious) and the desserts are £6 – £7. The prices are a wee bit on the high side, but I suppose you are paying for the prestige and atmosphere of the venue.
Is it any good?
Mr B and I really enjoyed our meal at The Sheep Heid Inn. The pan-fried mushrooms were sweet and sticky, and a satisfying way to start. Mr B loved the plant-based burger for his main course, which was of the fake-meat variety as opposed to a bean/falafel style patty. My favourite course, however, was dessert. The tart tatin was absolutely gorgeous, with flaky pastry, caramelised pineapple and a creamy coconut sorbet. Whenever you dine at The Sheep Heid Inn, definitely try to leave room for pudding!
I am so pleased that such a prestigious venue is now catering so well for vegans. If you are visiting Edinburgh and taking a day-trip to Holyrood Park, then a cosy pint and dinner here is an absolute must.
Menu info: ★★★★★
Value for money: ★★★★☆
The Sheep Heid Inn Opening Hours
Food is served during the following hours. These times are correct at the time of writing, but for the most up-to-date information please check The Sheep Heid Inn website (linked above).
Monday 12 midday – 10 pm
Tuesday 12 midday – 10 pm
Wednesday 12 midday – 10 pm
Thursday 12 midday – 10 pm
Friday 12 midday – 10 pm
Saturday 12 midday – 10 pm
Sunday 12.30 pm – 9.30 pm
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