The Sheep Heid Inn

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Sheep Heid Inn
43-45 The Causeway
EH15 3QA

+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

Vegan menu at the Sheep Heid Inn, Edinburgh

Vegan pan-fried mushrooms at The Sheep Heid Inn, Edinburgh
Pan-fried mushrooms
Vegan red onion tart at the Sheep Heid Inn, Edinburgh
Red onion tart

Inside the Sheep Heid Inn, Edinburgh

Vegan Burger at the Sheep Heid Inn, Edinburgh
Vegan pineapple Tarte Tatin at The Sheep Heid Inn, Edinburgh
Pineapple tarte tatin

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.

Choice: ★★★★★
Menu info: ★★★★★
Deliciousness: ★★★★★
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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Vegan Food at the Sheep Heid Inn, Edinburgh

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