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Andy Beveridge
I went in here years ago and after asking for a drink the idiot woman (I guess the old woman owner) said 'I have seen you before' and just kept saying it in a strange way - at first I was genuinely trying to help her place me until I realised she was just being difficult and finding the rudest way possible not to serve me. I told her if she did not want to serve me then just say it and left. If this place is just for regulars I guess it must be ward 10 of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital along the road.
Saturday, August 19, 2017Rating: No rosettes

Lynne gray
 Taking the mick
Offered £5 lunch deal from 'classic' section of menu. We both had fish and chips and they had obviously halved the portion of fish. It wasn't even started size. Feel really cheated and won't be back
Friday, November 29, 2013Rating: rosettes

Bob B
 Nice Place
I finally plucked up the courage to enter this notoriously elitist pub during the Easter holidays and half expecting to be turned away at the bar I have to say the staff were very pleasant, welcoming and helpful. Perhaps my 40+ year old face helped! Great selection of whisky and a nice place to sit down for a chat.

Could be improved with some classical music as it is an unusual pub we could do without quotidian vibes:)
Monday, August 12, 2013Rating: No rosettes

 Staff with an attitude
Everything would be great if it wasnt for an unfriendly staff! Such a shame. I would siggest to the owner to train or check on his/her staff regularly. It could have been such a nice experience if some female staff didnt give us an attitude on several occasions during ONE evening(16/04/2013). Also £14 for three drinks sounds a bit overpriced.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013Rating: rosettes

 Best pub in Scotland!
Being a Londoner I don't get to this pub often enough! When visiting family in Edinburgh this is always my first (& last) stop. the staff are helpful & friendly, the eclectic mix of 'stuff' is very amusing & the food is wholesome & hearty. I recommend this place to anybody lucky enough to be visiting Edinburgh.
Monday, November 19, 2012Rating: rosettes

Derek Dunn
 Great Pub
I met My Wife in this Pub
Thursday, October 25, 2012Rating: rosettes

 Nice pub, please change music
This is the first time i have been in this pub, even though I live locally (having heard bad reviews about it being a 'regulars only' pub).
The decor, i adore. It is a very quaint and warm pub and the young man who served us was absolutely lovely.
I only have one complaint and that the ill-fitting music which confuses the atmosphere. Maybe more subtle piano or acoustic music is more fitting than power ballads would be suitable.
However, lovely experience, do not avoid due to the bad reviews until you try for yourself :)
Saturday, August 25, 2012Rating: rosettes

carole wilson
 fantastic food & drink
This has to be one of the best in and around Edinburgh, they take pride in the wonderful fresh food they serve, the bar is amazing, very charming this place is set back in time in decor giving it so much atmosphere, I have never had a bad meal in the canny man, iam very fussy about were I eat
Friday, July 20, 2012Rating: rosettes

The Canny's is a fantastic pub to drink, eat and socialise in. The Staff and management are friendly and always helpful and with everything from the crisp white table clothes to the frozen champagne glasses its hard to say things aren't done to the highest standard in there. For the very short minded comments bellow - If you want to drink in a monotone pub with no atmosphere thats your choice, Im sure the other pubs close by are right up your street. The Canny's will survive without your custom for sure!
Saturday, July 7, 2012Rating: rosettes

Wille Kay
 Bit Dated
This looks Like a Old mans Pub its a bit Dingy
Wednesday, July 4, 2012Rating: rosettes

Ann Rosie
 Cullen Skink - mmmmmmmm!
Hubby and I visited a few weeks ago for lunch, we had previously been quite a few years ago and had been disappointed with every aspect of our visit then. How different now! We both had the Cullen Skink soup - best we have ever tasted. Our meal was a bit slow in arriving (they were very busy though) but it was well worth waiting for. Staff very friendly and helpful. We will certainly be back.
Friday, May 25, 2012Rating: rosettes

Max & stephanie
I am at best a picky sob, and like my food & drink to be right. This pub ticks all the right box,s.service is classic and many other establishments should take a leaf from their book.great place, we patronise every time we are in Edinburgh
Thursday, May 24, 2012Rating: rosettes

At last! Something clear I can udnretsand. Thanks!
Saturday, February 18, 2012Rating: No rosettes

D.+M. Schumann
Wir waren zu besuch der Familie in South Queensferry,wir unter nahmen einen ausflug nach Morningside wo wir einen stop im Pub Canny Mans einlegten. Wir waren sehr beeindruckt von der gemütlichkeit und des Flairs des alten Pubs. Wir werden auf jedenfall wenn wir wieder in Edingburgh sind rein schauen.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012Rating: rosettes

Lynda Rutherford
Just visited the Sheep Heid Inn and had a great time.Good choice of food on the menu and cooked to perfection.New manager and all his staff really friendly with a great atmosphere will be back.
Thursday, February 9, 2012Rating: rosettes

Mrs Smith
 Fabulous, fascinating, loved it
So glad we took a taxi out of town, this is one of the most memorable pubs we've ever been to. Loved the decor and the old fashioned service, and found the staff extremely welcoming and informative about the pub's past - definitely not rude. This was the first time we've ever been so we're certainly not regulars - we live in Yorkshire! and were visiting Edinburgh for the weekend. Would love to return next time we're there, and hope this unique place never changes.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012Rating: rosettes

Mrs . m. Macleod
I recently went to the canny mans for drinks with friends . I found the customer service was excellent particularly from one young gentleman. He had an extensive knowledge of the wines available and the information was worded in an excellent manner. We were offered complimentary nibbles and the wonderful table service resulted in no empty glasses. Furthermore there was a very impressive complimentary buffet! We shall certainly be returning for a relaxed, friendly evening !
Monday, January 9, 2012Rating: rosettes

Alistair McEwen
 Christmas Lunch
In the 30 years that we have lived at Cramond Brig and through the various managements that we have experienced, we can say in all confidence that today was the best meal we have ever had at The Brig.

We know from talking to the staff the hours that have been put in to get things right. They must be exhausted.

Laura and Jack deserve to succeed and we hope that today was a business success.

Well done and congratulations and we hope these comments get to the staff.

Thank you again for a great lunch.

Alistair and Yvonne
Sunday, December 25, 2011Rating: rosettes

Was there year this and it was wonderful but cant say that after my visit today! Was with my 7 yr old daughter and my friends and one who had her little girl and boy. The kids played in the room whilst we had our starters which was lovely. Then the pizzas came. My friend returned hers then two of us couldn't eat their neither could the kids. Then I noticed the fruit shoots were 2 months out of date! My friend asked for the mananger. She said there would be no bill twice to us. The kids then had some ice cream then she gave us a bill for the startes and kids meals! We had only got out the door when my friends boy was projectile vomitting. Went back inside and asked to see the manager and the owner came out! He apologised but still felt they could have offered a better service. Certainly wont be back!
Friday, December 16, 2011Rating: rosettes

Derek Dunn
 Nice Pub For a Bevy
This is my brothers Local . Never any Troble good Place for sampling the Ale.
Saturday, December 10, 2011Rating: rosettes

John Thomson
Didn't believe the ' stories', but i witnessed first hand when I visited. Opened the door, immediately got the ( your no worthy) scowl. Two feet from the bar, got the sorry we only serve regulars patter. I questioned this politely and reasoned that I only wanted a quick pint, I got a tirade of extremely rude abuse which I feel was an attempt to make me back off and feel inadequate. Wrong!!!! I let the staff member finish the whinge and then let go with both barrels ( no swearing) that 1) I didn't know who they thought they were, but rest assured they or noone else in there was any better than me. 2) They could keep their pub and their pretend upper class tosh. Oh well, I left to carry on to my next assignment, oh thats right, I didn't mention I was a Mystery Shopper asked to compile a report on the place.
Sunday, December 4, 2011Rating: No rosettes

John Thomson
 Good Laugh
The 'Cenny' is a great place for a laugh a pint n a punt (bookie nextdoor). Good bunch o boys the regulars are. Staff great, Carol and her team are a credit, especially the lovely Claire.
Sunday, December 4, 2011Rating: rosettes

 The public house is for regulars only...
I used to really like the Canny Man's. It's an interesting and unique place, the beer was decent and the food OK. It was pretty civilised.

Mr Kerr even seemed to take a shine to me and my wife on our first visit many years ago.

But after living locally and visiting more regularly, I just saw too much rudeness, officiousness and downright snobbery.

I saw four men thrown out after Mr Kerr misunderstood them trying to help a woman with a pushchair in the beer garden one afternoon, and refusing to back down once he realised he'd got it wrong. I've seen perfectly respectable people who were behaving impeccably asked to leave for no reason that anyone could fathom. I've seen the owners strive to look as far down their nose as they can at too many perfectly good customers. And far, far too often, I saw ordinary, well-dressed, well-mannered people told at the door, Sorry, the public house is for regulars only.

Two words: Fawlty and Towers. Although generally pretty well run, the owners and staff display the same attitude to their customers as Basil does to his guests. If you don't fit their narrow 1950s petit-bourgeois idea of respectability, they may throw you out. Or they may just suffer you to stay - as long as they get to show their utter disdain for you and the grubby little world you represent.

People - presumably those who are in the in group - seem to regard this as quirky, charming, or delightfully old-fashioned. It's not. It isn't about excluding a rowdy or rough element either. It's just nasty, undiluted class aggression.

Which is ironic, since the owners and many of the staff have no class whatsoever.
Saturday, November 26, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Jesus, we just phoned up to find out what time they closed and they were extremely rude. What a horrible, horrible place.
Friday, October 7, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Peter Dickenson
An amazing quirky interesting pub with brilliant hand pulled beers,a fantastic choice of whisky,professional well turned out staff and a cosy atmosphere. The only place in Edinburgh to take a bottle of champagne,what a fabulous selection, served in a traditional bucket with crisp white napkins,strawberries and generally a broad knowing smile.Fantastic fun toilet as well with unique wall coverings which will keep you there forever.My favourite and must visit pub every time I visit from the Midlands !!!
Saturday, September 24, 2011Rating: rosettes

canny man aug
 most unwelcoming pub in Edinburgh
It is years since I've been here. I used to visit regularly after a game of snooker just down from this pub, but having heard/read the instances of folks being turned away or refused a drink for no good reason decided to include a visit on a bit of a pub crawl to check out these rumours.
Within seconds of ordering 3 drinks , my friends and I were asked to leave as there was a private party in progress, unter mince!!
We obviously just didn't fit in with the motley crew that were already tucked into their seats. It felt like we had stepped back in time ! Reminded me of going to the bingo in some miners club where if you sat in a seat that was old senga's you would get the 'glare' for the whole evening. Avoid this place like the plague
Monday, August 22, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Titel says it all. The daft bint who clearly made up two separate names to post on the same day, obviously has an issue with one of the barmaids. I have been there twice and the place is awesome. Bar staff are good, good environment, a proper pub. Not a bar, bar/club, pub/club which the city centre lacks. (I'm only 22 and I say that!) All in all, an awesome place. Definately going back again :)
Sunday, June 5, 2011Rating: rosettes

whitby vlad
 Jekyll & Hyde
I have had some great evenings in this pub and by the same token made to feel as welcome as a serial murderer within the period of the same week.

The staff genearally live up to the reputation of the famous literary creation of RLS; one minute your best freind the next you are made to feel like Tom Hanks in Philadelphia
Sunday, May 22, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Shawn Watson
 Lovely pub, BAD staff
Went there for a quiet cappuccino and a bowl of chips today. I was told that they were only serving food upstairs. My goal to have a comfortable bite to eat was dashed when I entered the packed, and very loud (and very bright) eating area up top.

Can I help you? the waitress said, with a notable tone of confusion and a little bit of annoyance. As if someone standing by the 'please wait here to be seated' sign was the most uncommon and unnatural thing to happen in that part of the pub.

I spoke plain, clear-as-day, proper, well-spoken English to the old waitress. She didn't understand a word (not the first time I have had this problem with this woman), which just made ME look like an idiot. I left, returning to the ground floor.

When I got back to the bar I just ordered a cappuccino and retired to a dark corner to read, starving.

ONLY serving food upstairs is a bad idea. But the fact that the barman had an attitude about fetching me more sugar for my coffee kinda soured the experience further. It took him 15 seconds, but he acted like I was sending him out to a minefield.

The staff in this place need to get their act sorted out. It would be such a lovely place if they all raised their IQs a little or just stopped being snobs. Oh...and fire that old waitress!!!
Friday, May 20, 2011Rating: rosettes

Mike Cannings
I was recently in this pub over the weekend, and have to say it was one of the most unpleasant places in edinburgh. Check your beer before your drink it, i had one pint here and got horribly ill from it. They serve beer here that has gone off! Not to mention the unenthusiastic caveman like service i recieved. I hope that you never get the chance to go to this pub as it is one of the worst ones in the city of Edinburgh.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011Rating: No rosettes

 what a change - great food
only been in the lounge - was in at the weekend and really busy, good service, great food and what a difference. they have done a lovely job with the refurbishment. . . must say, great new toilets! will be back as the food is really good value for money.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011Rating: rosettes

Fiona Macleod
 Don't Ask for Wine!!!!
Food Good as Pub Grub goes BUT oh dear what a miserable wine selection. Of those listed only the cheapest 2 were available and having choosen 1 it was rank! Having complained, no-one appeared to answer our complaint but we were charged for the privilage! Our mistake was to have poured 3 Glasses because we stupidly thought this place wouldn't sell el cheopo vino at vastly marked up prices!! The only saving grace was that my mother had a bottle of M&S wine in the car (£8.00) which our poor waitress agreed that we could drink. It is amazing that a pub that promotes itself in the way that it does didn't have the advertised wine in stock and of what was available couldn't supply a fresh bottle. The waitress on duty was completely harassed and was coping under difficult circumstances but service was so slow that we abandoned any thoughts of coffees and follow-up drinks. This pub is clearly trading on its name and doesn't care a hoot because they know people will keep on coming due to its location and history!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011Rating: rosettes

Campbell Gillan
Super food, super beer, super atmosphere. A wonderful place to find at the end of a good tramp over Arthurs Seat.
A proper pub!
Saturday, February 26, 2011Rating: rosettes

steve rainbow
 just a super Pub with nie regulars and good staff
when last in Edinburgh drank in bar alone, soon in conversation with charming people who appeared to be regulars, been in there over the years normally Rugby weekends
Thursday, February 24, 2011Rating: rosettes

Chris M
 First place we went when i arrived home
I used to live in a flat just across the road and used to regularly drive back from a week away in England. Thinking about a visit to the Rule always improved my mood on those journeys home.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010Rating: rosettes

 Great burgers
Nice atmosphere with good food!
Have had quite a few meal here and the burgers are amazing! with great quality chips and lots of different toppings to choose from. Will definetly eat here again when I am back in Edinburgh for a visit!
I have already recommended it to all of my friends!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010Rating: rosettes

john neill
 avoid this pub
pop round to the sheep heid last night for a drink and something to eat, found the food cold just like the staff, rude with attitude problems, very unprofessional staff, recommend that you don't bother until the staff are retrained with manners or it may be only the sunday staff that cant be bothered. will not be back.
Monday, August 9, 2010Rating: rosettes

Anne McB
 A lovely experience
I find the predominance of 5-star and 1/0-star ratings interesting, although perhaps they represent those willing to spend the time making comments. As a single female from abroad, I had a lovely experience. I enjoyed the eclectic atmosphere and the ability to choose among many different venues, finding a quiet corner and a tasty meal (if rather expensive for an open-faced sandwich and salad) that exactly suited my mood. The manager and waitstaff/bartenders were helpful and friendly without constantly checking on my state of mind. I would visit again on another trip to Edinburgh and recommend it heartily to friends and family.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010Rating: rosettes

I have now been into the Cramond Brig many many times as i live locally. I can confidently say that the management team are 10000000% better than before. Having spoken to both Ewan and Tasha everytime we have visited, I can clearly see that they are passionate about turning this business around. The warm welcome they both extend to all their customers at all times, is second to none. I always feel like a returning friend as opposed to a paying customer, which in my opinion is the best, if not the only, way to be. They have obviously hand picked the existing team members as it is plain for all to see that not only do they work well together to provide superior service, they seem to all be genuinely close, which in turn creates the family atmosphere that my family and I continue to return to the Brig for. I cannot praise the two of them enough and I truly hope that the new owners realise how much the local community appreciate how they have rebuilt the restaurants reputation and regained our trust. Thank you Ewan and Tasha, YOU'RE THE BEST! see you very soon!!! Susan
Thursday, July 29, 2010Rating: rosettes

Thursday, July 29, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Ernie Foldcourt
 What A Dump
This Has got to be the Biggest Dump of a so called Bar.
Staff are Very Rude, Yes Very Rude.
Monday, July 12, 2010Rating: rosettes

 Lovely relaxed atmosphere
Popped in for the first time for a spot of lunch while visiting relatives.
It is like a step back into the past with lots of old brick a brack and pics on the walls.
Found the staff really freindly and chatty and the food was taisty at a reasonable price.
Will definatly be visiting again and have recommended to friends and family.
Saturday, July 10, 2010Rating: rosettes

S Orr
Staff were very rude. Wont be back
Tuesday, July 6, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 manager was very rude
I popped in with some friends from England.

Not impressed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Manager very rude!!
My advise steer clear.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 manager was very rude
I popped in with some friends from England.

Not impressed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Manager very rude!!
My advise steer clear.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Lorraine Roy
 manager was very rude
I popped in with some friends from England.

Not impressed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Manager very rude!!
My advise steer clear.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Steve Rainbow
 just a great Pub and more
Been a Six Nations visitor for donkeys years,a lovely pub,good food and charming regulars,a great pint served and done with a wee bit of Style,a welcoming pleasant place to lose a few hours.A fitting pub for a delightful part of Edinburgh.
Saturday, June 26, 2010Rating: rosettes

Neil M
 Brilliant Visit to the Rule
My mate was living in Fowlers Ter, i came thru from Dundee to visit him, he took me to his local where we got rat assed on Orkney Skull Crusher, place was friendly and atmospheric, would love to come back and pay another visit.
Thumbs up from a Dee!
Thursday, May 13, 2010Rating: rosettes

D. M.
The best Bloody Mary in Britain. Well worth a visit, just for one of them
Thursday, May 6, 2010Rating: rosettes

pat ingles
its the best bar in edinburgh with lovley people who own it food is fab and so is the staf i love this place and all my friends do to ,fridays are always party n ights in the cannys.
Monday, May 3, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 Different if not strange
There were all sorts of curios and pictures hanging off the walls and ceilings. The food was very nice but the main course was a choice of about 100 Scandinavian-style open sandwiches; so if you want meat and three veg then you’d be deeply disappointed. You could have a side-salad of a baked potato! The desserts were different presentations of ice-creams. So all the cooking is done hours before you arrive -it's just a matter of constructing it on a plate. I chose surf and turf which was a few thin slices of fillet, a king prawn and a bit of a langoustine on a slice of dark bread. Smart casual dress, no cameras, no credit cards but helpfully they have installed a cash machine and charge you £2 for the privilege of getting money out to pay them – even though there is a cashpoint directly across the road. You can only go in one door and out of another. You write down your order on a chit – put the reference number rather than a waiter taking it. Generally, you get the feeling that you are there on their terms you are meant to be grateful. There are plenty of other places I'd rather spend my time and money.
Thursday, April 29, 2010Rating: rosettes

 A very unique pub - it grows on you
I know this place from the 1970s. It has been in the Watson-Kerr family for nearly 80 years.
It is quaint, full of it's unique character, is part of Edinburgh's history and although it may not attract the youth looking for rock and pop, it has a regular clientele that are mature, safe and private.
It grows on you and it's unique way of your writing your own order for food and drink in the restaurant is itself something to savour.
The menu in the winter could do with a few more hot dishes but otherwise is excellent.
The list of malt whiskies is also unique and extensive.
It is family run, antiquarian in character and keeps to strict rules.
If you do not like order and good behaviour while in pubs maybe you should stay away but otherwise feel absolutely safe to enter the place and come back again and again
Monday, April 26, 2010Rating: rosettes

Andrew, Roseland, NJ
On an extended Volcanic Ash trip my son and I left London to visit family in Edinburgh. After seeing some fantastic pubs in London and Canterbury I have to say that Canny Mans rates at the top. Our cousin, who is a regular at the place recommended some of his favorite foods, all of them were well presented and delicious. The service was great! Outstanding, classy and classic all apply to this gem. Anyone would be lucky to have this pub in their town!
Sunday, April 25, 2010Rating: rosettes

 Happy Scots!!!
I was in this bar last summer. Wonderful place, very cozy. Cider and beer were delicious, potatoes with cheese, too. Happy Scots, you have such a good bar! In Moscow, I remember him :))
Thursday, March 25, 2010Rating: rosettes

Morag Whyte
Have been here a few times now, both as old and as new, and I must say that there is no comparison. The new is definately better. Have always been with Evonne Winters coach party, and now it is so friendly, so when I was in Edinburgh looking for a meal after visiting the afternoon performance at the Playhouse, I looked no further than the Crammond Brig.
Prompt, friendly service. Ok, we were in and out within the hour and we only had a main course, but what a main course, any chance I can get the recipie please chef for the butternut squash?
Thanks again and next time I'm in Edinburgh looking for a meal before the drive home, then I know where to stop!
Monday, March 22, 2010Rating: No rosettes

evonne winter
 great evening
another great evening. staff were so helpful. food was excellent. attended with coach party again and the members on the bus has all commented on the excellent food and service and they can't wait until the next trip. thanks again to you all.
Sunday, February 21, 2010Rating: rosettes

Tim Nicholson
 Very polite, but not friendly
We visited for a bar meal, which we had in the main whisky bar. It was on the pricey side. However, the surroundings - especially the whisky display - are awesome. Service is extremely polite and professional (even a white tablecloth and white cloth serviettes). But staff are a little 'distant' and could be more welcoming. I asked about buying a bottle of The Golden Drop (the pub's own blend). Despite there being dozens of bottles behind the bar and others having bought previously, they wouldn't sell me one - strange, given that it is a business and I had cash in hand.
Saturday, February 20, 2010Rating: rosettes

Shona Lynn
had a meal on Saturday that would be hard to beat, the food was excellent and very well presented and the service was first class, I have nothing but praise for the staff especially Euan who always ensures that your visit has been an enjoyable one, can't wait until my next visit.
Sunday, February 7, 2010Rating: rosettes

 Great Food And Service
I Was In With my NEW Girlfriend On Sat Night, We Were Seated In A Cosy And Intimate booth, IDEAL, We both Had A Great Meal And Service, Thanks To The Waitress Who Served Me, And Comps To The Chef. We/I Will Definitely Be Back,
Thursday, February 4, 2010Rating: rosettes

Evonne Winter
Thanks again for the fantastic service and meal that you provided today on my return with my coach party. Food was excellent and the chef has done a great job again. Thanks to Euan and everyone else for making us feel so welcome. See you in February.
Saturday, January 9, 2010Rating: rosettes

Edward Ogilvie
 Wonderful Meal
We ventured back to the Cramond Brig after some friends had told us the new owners had transformed the place. We were not dissapointed; great new decor, friendly staff and an excellent menu. I had the pork belly which was yummy, and my wife really enjoyed the heb crusted Salmon. They also have a great new wine list - the Vina Real Rioja was perfect with the Pork! We'll be back very soon as we really couldn't fault it and it was great value too.
Sunday, December 6, 2009Rating: rosettes

Evonne Winter
 Excellent food & service
What can i say. Excellent. I had a bus party in on Saturday and the staff were very very helpful. The service was great and food was even better. Give my regards to the chef. I would like to say thank you to Euan and the rest of the staff for the fantastic service and evening. Thanks again and see you in January
Sunday, December 6, 2009Rating: rosettes

Sunday, October 11, 2009Rating: rosettes

mr & mrs J Stewart
I am very impressed with the new decor/menu/staff at the cramond brig, very good food and service lovely decor very cosy, this place has totaly changed in every way , such a shame that it has bad reviews in the past, deserves a chance !!
Sunday, October 11, 2009Rating: rosettes

The Poof in the Suit
 It Rocks
The Cenny - what more can you say - it is all in the name.

Good food, good beer, fantastic chat, and a barman called David (Edwadro in Spanish)
Thursday, September 24, 2009Rating: rosettes

Alan Finlayson
 Ian Simpson
Ian, presumably this was when it was the crappy Yeaman Bar? My Grandparents lived in Yeaman Place for 30 years or more, and I don't think the Yeaman was the best of drinking establishments in these days?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Nick Humphreys (NJH)
First went here 7 years ago when on a 'pre-baby' weekend away we were looking for a maternity shop - which was shut - thank goodness -Whilst in morningside however I commented 'that looks like a decent pub! we stumbled upon it and now always go here - In fact I'm going up this coming Weds/Thursday (17/18th June 2009)
Monday, June 15, 2009Rating: rosettes

Gerald Tait
The most unfriendly unwelcoming venue I have ever come across in Edinburgh.
Staff as always seem to reflect the management's disdain for the customers.
The extensive list of things diners/drinkers must not do which greets you on the entrance to the place, should be a warning as to the attitude.
It became incidental that the food was not particularly good either.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009Rating: rosettes

Easily the best pub in Edinburgh, and possibly the known universe. Don't walk in there with your camera slung round your neck when there is a sign outside which clearly states 'no cameras' or you're asking for it! Fantastic selection of whiskies and ales, and, considering most pubs these days make do with a couple of bottles of new world piss behind the bar, a great selection of wines and champagne. A veritable Aladdin's cave. And, contrary to some of the reviews I've read on here, the staff are perfectly polite and hospitable in my experience, unless you're a 50 something, sandals and socks wearing, tight arse bitter drinker, in which case you don't deserve it anyway.
Monday, April 13, 2009Rating: rosettes

 Great Pub
Sheep Heid is a brill old pub (real old - not plastic olde)

loads of interesting historical things cover the walls an nooks...

the ale and food is good...

and the Skittle Alley is amazing...

there is no where like this place - if I lived nearby I'd be there every day.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009Rating: rosettes

 Changed hands
The Wine Glass changed hands to the Reverie last year. It's been completely refurbished and has such a nice feel about the place. We went there last week and had a lovely meal - home cooked food and reasonable too. They have live music most nights.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009Rating: rosettes

Robert V
 Very unfriendly.
As a photographer, I dropped by for a beer. I had my camera around my neck, backpack on my shoulder. I barely reached the bad before the bar-tender shouted No cameras in this pub. Totally out of order.
They have a rather obvious dislike to anything modern as they have a sign up saying No smoking, No credit cards, No mobile phones, No cameras and No backpackers. With the obvious dislike for my type I took myself and my money elsewhere.

I shall certainly never return to them again.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008Rating: No rosettes

 good value
good place in north/west edinburgh - still doing offers on food and drink, so cheap. huge beer garden is spot on - when it's sunny!! really good place for live football and always have live entertainment on so there's normally something to do.
Saturday, August 30, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Best Beer In Corrie
The Cenny has the best beer and the best decor of any pub in Corrie
Friday, August 8, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Unfortunately left too early, wish I would have stayed.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Was directed to go here
Met a local bus driver who suggested my wife and I stop there for lunch. Upon nearing the Canny Man I noticed an exterior sign listing the rules. No cell phones! Perfect I thought! Was befuddled by the write and order system at the bar but so what? Asked for a table in the dining room and when seated noticed the patrons were apparently well heeled and well behaved. Family groups on special day outings, couples out for a meal and a drink, etc. I absolutley loved my selection from the menu. The waitress did warm up to us and was actually very pleasant. I had read many reviews on many sites about how bad this place is in their treatment of customers. That was not our experience at all. It is eclectic to say the least. I could not find fault with it and when next back in Edinburgh would go back for lunch there in a heartbeat. Still scratching my head over the U.S. themed country music that was playing but it was better than the ear splitting volume techno pop blaring at some places.
Friday, January 26, 2007Rating: rosettes

Excellent service and food, the staff were very helpful and would definitely return again. I have not tried the Italian restaurant as yet but look forward to it.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007Rating: rosettes

David Alldred
Well I'm totally Bitter & Twisted about the Golden Rule and I love it!!! You will never get a better pint of ale, lager or guest lager/beer in Edinburgh. Along with the bar staff, it makes the Rule the best anytime pub that I've ever been to. Unfortunately I've been in OZ for 14 months, drinking lesser beers, but I will be back for my Bitter & Twisted Ale in the rule where everyone hopefully still knows my name.........David!!!!!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007Rating: rosettes

Wilma & William Struth
 Amazing Food, Friendly staff
Living in Barnton we have quite a good selection when it comes to Food, but nothing can beat the Cramond Brig. Food is prepared fresh and tastes great and staff are friendly and courtious. For either a quick pizza on a Friday night or an intimate dinner there is no better place. Surroundings and decor is warm and inviting.
Friday, November 10, 2006Rating: rosettes

 In a class of its own
This pub is Edinburgh in miniature - a visual delight inhabited by tight-arses. Just accept it and enjoy its unique charm. The range and quality of beers is pretty good, well-kept and presented, and the selection of whiskys is ample. Not the sort of pub you'd choose as your local, but definitely in the must-visit category. World class? Maybe. Unforgettable? Totally.
Monday, October 23, 2006Rating: rosettes

William Drake
 Best of the old and best of the new
I LOVE this pub. It has character, age, authenticity and charm in an age of modernity, falsehoods and lack of anything approaching substance. I always feel welcome, I can keep my own counsel or find a new friend. It's a great tavern in the best traditions of Scottish pubs, if you haven't been yet you should go there soon!
Thursday, October 19, 2006Rating: rosettes

 love the cramond brig
i think that the cramong brig is an extraordinary establishment! I think one of the bartenders are hot aswell! very well presented and makes me go weak at the knees
Saturday, October 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

 good time
awsome food and great staff, was real neat to see oldisst skittle lanes Thanks for tour
Friday, September 29, 2006Rating: rosettes

ian simpson
 pished grandfather
I recall finding my grandfather Edward Moir , 10 Tay Street outside pished many moons ago My mate Stuart Palmer a retd Immigration Officer attends the quiz nights. See you soon Stu.
Monday, September 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

Mr Alderton
 We'll be back
I hadn't been to the Cramond Brig for ages but I went with my family after we got a flyer through the door advertising a new Italian Restaurant. We had a great meal and the difference since I last saw it is huge. The renowation seems ongoing with the bar area getting a lick of paint. Good meal, good service so well go back
Tuesday, September 5, 2006Rating: rosettes

 the dichotomy of (canny) man
strange but true, in my experience everything on this page is accurate. this place is indeed unique. it does have a wonderful menu with excellent quality food and drink and inside is truly magnificent. it also has the most miserable and unhelpful bunch of staff ever pulled together under one roof, whose job seems to be to ensure your every second there is a curse from hell.

but does this conflict of product v service mean it's worth a visit? it is and you must. someone below says the way one gets treated here is part of the charm: possibly on your first visit it is. after that you can make your own mind up if you are overwhelmed by the glory of the place or disgusted by the people.

(just out of interest i'm a glory boy myself)
Wednesday, August 23, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Mrs Sandison
 Change for the better
On a recent visit to the Cramond Brig with my family and I we were tremedously impressed with changes. Having not visited since a bad experience a couple of years we definately be regulars. The service is fantastic and the manager is a hoot. 10 out of 10
Sunday, August 20, 2006Rating: rosettes

Mr Ramsay
 Best Pizza
My fiancee and I recently visited the new Trattoria at the Cramond Brig. The food and service was fantastic, what a difference since it's been taken over. The pizza's however are far and away the best in edinburgh. We will back time and again
Sunday, August 20, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Smelliest Pub in the world?
When the smoking ban started in Scotland, I wondered if this might help the smell improve in 'wee' Bennets.

It didn's
Wednesday, July 12, 2006Rating: No rosettes

The weekend does not begin here! Run like an old mans bar with out of date staff who have out of date views. An atmospehere second to everywhere else unless you are over 50. Give it a miss if you are looking for a good time
Sunday, May 28, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Ken Broughton
 Be afraid!
The woman in charge can only be described as vile. She openly takes real pleasure in being unpleasant in every way imaginable. She's bossy, unsmiling, officious, rude, and unhelpful, and that's to the customers. God help her staff! But I'm sure that's why they in turn are about the most inhospitable bunch of 'service' staff I've ever encountered, who make no bones about letting you know how stupid you are for not intuitively knowing their uniquely human-hostile ordering system, which saves them at most a few seconds work (and bugger the relationship-building opportunity that good restaurants actually cherish) whilst imposing far more wasted and unnecesssary effort on visitors, interrupting any attempt at conversation etc. A plague on their house!
Friday, April 14, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Lex Loi
Don't bother with this pub. Overpriced and elitist and notorious for turning away people for spurious reasons. A few years ago they kicked out a terminally ill cancer patient for being in a wheelchair... speaks volumes.
Thursday, April 6, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Jenni Thompson
 You should go just to meet the dog!
I've just been to the Sheep Heid and met the landlord's charming little dog Hector. What a cutey, he's a little bear that just gives the pub that extra special something. Great food and wonderful beer, (Schehallion (sp?) was my favourite) and I had a quick shot of the skittles, I can't wait to go back next time I'm in Edinburgh.
Monday, March 27, 2006Rating: rosettes

Alf Thomas
 Great Pub
This a great pub with great, friendly staff, a good place to have a beer and just chill out if nothing else.
Sunday, March 26, 2006Rating: rosettes

Greg Martin
 Canny Mans
First went there in 1984, then again in 1985 on the advice of a local who put me up in Edinburgh. I stayed for 16 months and I must say that this pub is probably not the best in Edinburgh, but difinitely worth a visit if you love your whisky or beer. An absolute plethora of good drink, fine service and buxom wench`s willing to warm tou bed. Went back in 2004 and nothing has changed. Top spot for all Aussies and people who appeciate a fuckin good drink and a grat atmosphere...........not to be missed!!!!!!!
Sunday, March 12, 2006Rating: rosettes

Toby Chapman
 Simply the finest pub I have ever been to.
Enter the alcohol stained lung that is the Canny Mans, let yourself go with the Canny flow, spend money freely, above all drink freely, soak up the atmosphere and emerge back into the cold Morningside night many hours later than you planned transformed and destined to return to this pub of pubs as often as your life will allow.
Wednesday, March 8, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Edinburgh's greatest pub...
i was introduced to this Gem as a student back in 1996 and find an excuse to go every time i visit Edinburgh. There is nothing better than settling in on a Saturday afternoon for a long lunch at such a fine establishment.
You have to play by there rules, which is definitely part of the charm.
One of the most individual and striking, propoer pubs in existence.
Wednesday, February 1, 2006Rating: rosettes

the queen
I would just like to say that i think ye old inn is a good wee local pub and its not often you dont see someone you know.
Most of the staff in there are great, like Gary, Jenny and Bill are brilliant, they take time to have a chat and a banter with you. there is one memberof the staff who's name i do not not and dont care to find out, but she is an utter witch! she has the biggest attitude problem ever. i have worked face to face with the public myself and if i spoke to customers the way she speaks to the cutomers of the Ye Old Inn i would have got sacked, its like she's pissed off just being there, well if thats the case leave and get a job where you dont have to deal with people.
In recent weeks she has claimed i am barred for doing something i would never do, i spend most Sundays having lunch and a frothing ale in the pub and now am unwelcome.
I feel this should be addressed as it is turmning into an 'old mans' pub and is losing all its young custom due to them all getting barred from the same woman, for no apparent reason!
Monday, January 2, 2006Rating: rosettes

Antonia Mair
 Not Happy with Service
I recently went to the ye olde inn, to enjoy a drink, and had a really bad experience with one of the staff.

I have known the bar maid from another pub and she has always been particularly rude with myself, for reasons unknown to me.

This visit was particualrly o.t.t. She was extremely rude and made up a random excuse that I was barred. She made a scene in front of my friends and other customers, we were made to feel unwelcomely embarrassed.

This woman has no customer service skills, and I would advise against visiting this establishment.

Although giving other comments their due this pub used to be a friendly place to drink...shame on them. With the exception of this member of staff, the ye olde inn, is a cosy, cheery place to drink.

If your face doesn't fit....don't bother...
Monday, January 2, 2006Rating: No rosettes

michael crean
its really awesome, i like it.
Friday, December 16, 2005Rating: rosettes

Miss M
 What a bear!
Great serice from Mr Darling. Will be returning due to his polite maner and excellent apperance.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005Rating: rosettes

Geoff Monks
Never had a bad experience at the Sheep Heid since the new management and staff took over!
Wonderful place, good food, great atmosphere!
Monday, October 17, 2005Rating: rosettes

 What a BEAR!!!!!!!!!!
Excellent Service from the young guy workin at the bar. Hopefully il see him again.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Good for a look
Unique, dazzling, quirky. Worth a visit alone, even if its just to observe the features and experience the atmosphere. Excellent selection of drinks and the little nibbles handed out is a nice touch.
Wednesday, September 7, 2005Rating: rosettes

Matt J Williams
 A great little place...
This pub has a great atmosphere, for people young and old. If your looking for a quiet drink then the lounge is perfect. Or if your old with the lads before hitting the town this place also has it all to offer. I go there myself regulary with my friends (I'm only 18) - and we always have a great time, with the young barstaff and friendly regulars. Dont get the wrong idea - its not a party pub, its for everyone!
Saturday, September 3, 2005Rating: rosettes

scott m. lewis
 hope to make it back ...

friendly locals (they even took a yank like me in from the cold), great beer, helpful and friendly employees. What's not to like? happened to be about a block from my flat, lucky me.

see you soon, i hope!
Friday, August 19, 2005Rating: rosettes

I still remember the time a woman saw her cheating husband in the wine glass and drove a car through the front of the pub to try and kill him.

That incident aside, this pub had a good spell about 97/98 when Big John had it.

Since then it seems to have gone back to normal.

Don't forget to look both ways before you go to the toilet.
Thursday, August 18, 2005Rating: rosettes

John Hart
 Rule rules!
I'm lucky enough to live just 2 doors down from the Golden Rule and must say it is a very pleasant pub. Theres nothing I like better than popping in on way home from work for a refreshing pint of frosted Hogarden for less than £2.70. The locals are really friendly. I should know as I'm one of them!
Excellent Juke Box and lively quiz night on Tuesdays.
Friday, August 5, 2005Rating: rosettes

 What a change
I'm a regular at the sheep heid and i'd just like to say what a job all the staff are doing to make it a happy warm place, which has been needed for a long time.

Well done & keep up the good work.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Bowling Night
Just had a staff night out at the Sheep Heid Skittle Alley. What a great night, beats the hell out of a night at megabowl, we had the alley to ourselves, we had a huge buffet, the drinks were cheap and everyone left merry. You can't ask for more. 10 out of 10
Thursday, July 7, 2005Rating: rosettes

Tom Hendy
 BBQ fun
Just took my dog along to the Sheep Heid for a quick drink in the garden and found they were running a barbecue. Even though it was a bit rainy (one of the staff opened the umbrellas when it got heavy) we had the best venison burgers I've had in years! Top stuff, I can't wait for a sunny day now.
Sunday, July 3, 2005Rating: rosettes

Janet Fraser
 Back on Form
We hadn't been out to the Sheep Heid for a couple of years after several bad experiences in a row. We went out last week and boy, what a difference! The food was a million percent improved, the staff looked happy to be there and the bar was happily free from a selection of old local cronies propping it up and scaring the bejesus out of any strangers. Well done the new management, keep up the good work, Edinburgh's oldest pub is a great and welcoming place again.
Thursday, June 30, 2005Rating: rosettes

James MacFarlane
 What a Hidden Gem
I never knew pubs like this could exist in the middle of a city, great staff, great beer and fantastic food. All to be enjoyed in the garden of the oldest pub in the country (so the staff tell me!)
Tuesday, June 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

David Belamy
 Centurion on!
I think The Centurion is the best pub in the entire world, it has the best bar staff (Carol, Wendy, Jo, Claire, Joanne and Sarah) I love it and enjoy getting reeking there!!!!!!!
Wednesday, April 20, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Good local pub with pub food
Local pub comprising Bar, Lounge and conservatory. Food good by pub standards, choices of wines and beers with real ales and 'bright' beer. Busy Bar with TV's in every corner and a well used dart board.
Lounge non-smoking up to 9pm.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005Rating: rosettes

joe, edinburgh
 good wine, good food, excellent establishment.
the atmosphere at the canny mans is totaly unique as is the combination of great food, great wine, great service and general conviviality. It is a pleasure, in the summertime, to sit in the courtyard, be it for a swift drink or a long leisurley lunch.The smogersbrod menu has a huge array of choices which has something to suit everybody.
Friday, March 11, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Steven, Warrington
After being originally disappointed to be told they do not serve food on a Friday evening, that is the only criticism I can make.
The interior is unique and worthy of a visit in itself but the atmosphere that evening was excellent reminding me of my days as a care free youth. Not only was the choice of music played full of classics but they linked so well you couldn’t help wanting to sing along or tap your feet. It was refreshing to see such a young staff honestly enjoying themselves to hits that you would associate with their parents. Our group felt as though we were sitting in our local we were made to feel so welcome. The obvious leader amongst them was the gent in the suit who has the “admirer“ . He was the at the helm of the action and entertainment for the evening I have never met a man of that age with such a talent for keeping the punters happy, as for his looks I cannot comment as I have a wife and two children however, the wife had no hesitations in commenting that he was “Definitely affairable” and resembled a young Ryan Giggs. Although many regulars informed me that not every night was like the one I had I still cannot recommend the “canny mans enough.” I will definitely be visiting again when I am next in Edinburgh.
Thursday, February 10, 2005Rating: rosettes

alex young
 no 1 pub
easily the no 1 pub/resturant in edinburgh, atmosphere and service excellent.
Monday, January 31, 2005Rating: rosettes

 hit or miss
Although i agree with the comment made about face not fiting this is what makes the canny mans a safe bar to frequent. However, since the introduction of the young manager whose eclectic taste in music which is second only to his rugged good looks (a career in showbusiness is destined for this man) and ability to turn the quietest night into a free-for-all of singing and dancing the canny mans has lost its no nonsence tag. Many friday and saturday nights with the aforementioned young chap at the helm has left the patrons wanting for more. Although their is still an air of standoffishness about the bar the young man knows how to get the night started. Believe me ladies if hes on you will not want to leave and you will certainly want to go back.
Monday, January 17, 2005Rating: No rosettes

C. Enny
 Fantastic !
Its a wee slice of heaven on earth, top celebrity hangout, classy decor and always a fiendly face behind the bar

Could use a few mair beermats though ...
Wednesday, December 15, 2004Rating: rosettes

Rich Starkey
 this was once the best pub around
In days of yore (the 8o's) this was the best pub around for atmosphere and music, sadly not any more. The pub is now run like a private members bar, so if your face does'nt fit don't expect to get served.
Wednesday, December 1, 2004Rating: No rosettes

Dave Baddon
 Much improved
It has taken a while to get things just right, but on our last visit dinner was great. Itwas busy, and yet the service was good.
Sunday, September 12, 2004Rating: rosettes

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