Skating Minister painting. The Sheep Heid Inn markets itself as "Scotland’s oldest surviving public house. Est. 1360". According to Wikipedia despite there being thought to be, though most of the current building is Nineteenth Century.
comment on Trip Advisor suggest that we were unlucky to have visited after the white walls with varnished wood dado was painted over. It was very quiet on a Monday lunchtime, which did nothing for the ambiance of the dining room.
I got the impression that the management company was one that owned quite a few pubs rather than a local owner but have not been able to confirm this online. However on this visit to Edinburgh, it seemed that many pubs are now run by big corporations that are simultaneously keeping pubs alive and whitewashing their history. In the past I have much preferred the authenticity of British pubs to their poor attempts at cafes. On this visit I found that the cafes were where the really exciting food experiences were rather than in the pubs which seem to be lacking heart. And don't get me started on Scottish pubs that don't allow young children (but more on that in another post).
After the lunch we went to the top of Leith Walk to watch Skyfall. I've not seen many Bond movies but this was a good one. I loved the photography, the characters, the adventure and the self-reflectiveness. (I could have done without the violence and sexism but then it probably wouldn't be a Bond movie.) When it finished we enjoyed a quick look at John Lewis department store, especially the Cath Kidston section. Then it was time to return to Sylvia and hear about her day.
Sheep Heid Inn
43-45 The Causeway
Duddingston, Edinburgh, EH15 3QA
Tel: 0131 6617974
(I don't know why there are two websites that look official and was not sure which one is.)