Canalside inn with cosy bar and airy restaurant, a thoughtful choice of drinks and enjoyable food; attractive bedrooms
The good pub guide review
The cosy bar of this charming 18th-c inn not far from Edinburgh has an open fire with leather armchairs to either side and a larger area with a two-way fireplace and upholstered tub and cushioned wooden chairs on pale boards around a mix of tables. Regular beers on handpump include Belhaven 80/-, Broughton Greenmantle and Inveralmond Lia Fail, among many other Scottish brewers, 15 wines by the glass and several malt whiskies. The pub is very much the heart of the village, attracting a good mix of customers and offering a warm welcome to all. The main restaurant is light and airy with up-to-date pale oak settles, antique-style chairs and big windows overlooking the Union Canal below. Seats on the terrace look out over the water and are quickly snapped up in warm weather. The four individually decorated and very comfortable bedrooms have fine views, and breakfasts are lovely. The Ship in Elie is under the same ownership.
The good pub guide food review
The quality food uses only Scottish meat and fish, some home-grown produce and their own pork and eggs from their own free-ranging chickens and ducks. As well as breakfast (9-11am), options include sandwiches, crispy haggis bonbons with mustard mayo, grilled mackerel with tomatoes, cullen skink, sausage and mash with black pudding and crackling, salmon fillet with chorizo, potatoes and peas, duo of venison with stilton and broccoli purée, mushrooms and red wine jus, sweet potato gnocchi with wild mushrooms and spinach, and puddings such as chocolate brownie with buttermilk pannacotta and rhubarb sorbet and orange and caramel cheesecake with citrus sorbet.They have a separate gluten-free menu.