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Volunteer Arms (The Canny Man's), Morningside, Edinburgh

237 Morningside Road
Edinburgh
EH10 4QU
Phone: 01314471484
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Quinno _ left this review about Volunteer Arms (The Canny Man's)

Out of town in a well-heeled Victorian suburb, this is one of those rather fascinating places that is part time-warp and part bric-a-brac junk yard (CAMRA Regional Inventory as well). The brass sign outside lists a number of things that are either not allowed to enter or allowed to happen inside (NO SMOKING! NO CREDIT CARDS! NO MOBILE PHONES! NO BACKPACKERS! NO CAMERAS!), so of course I took the latter proclamation as a challenge and you can see my results in the pictures. Two main rooms via a porch with another hidden one en route to the garden (were there others??), festooned with stuff; hundreds of framed prints, musical instruments, china, parasols, swords, model planes and boats, timepieces, a stuffed moose head; you get the idea. A be-penguined barman was serving up three cask all from Stewart's; my Jack Black was slightly flabby but serviceable (NBSS 2.5) and probably the most expensive beer I had in Edinburgh over the two days. It’s crackpot enough to warrant the not inconsiderable diversion from town to sample. 7.5

On 15th November 2021 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about Canny Mans

There are two separate bars and a warren of other rooms, each with their own character, in this popular local where eccentricity abounds. The collections of bric-a-brac must have taken decades to accumulate, and the exterior of the pub is not immune, with what appears to be an ancient dovecot in the back yard and random metal plaques and even a triptych adorning the front and side walls. None of this was suspected on my approach on Saturday night - the first sign that there is a pub here is a conventional red-lit sign saying "BAR" - but the immediate impression on entering is of overwhelming clutter, but in a good way. This includes a profusion of whiskey bottles behind the larger bar, which is to the right on entering from the Canaan St entrance. Through a doorway to the left is the other bar, which is smaller and normal in appearance, and the room here is relatively peaceful, the main room getting the benefit of some Tamla Motown hits which were played just a little too loud for comfortable conversation to also take place. Possibly the world's smallest snug is to be found by this doorway - no more than an alcove with room for a table and two chairs.

There are three real ales on the bar, though the absence of hand pumps makes this not immediately apparent. Caledonian 80/- and Deuchars IPA were available on taps that were indistinguishable from the neighbouring keg taps. Timothy Taylor Landlord was also on, but only in the main bar. We went for the heavy, which was in good condition. Later we indulged in a malt whisky too - well, it seemed rude not to - and this also went down well. The customers were mostly greeted by others as they came through the door, so this is clearly a well-used community pub. We went down the road to Bennets Bar, but soon came back to this one for another half on the way home.

On 30th November 2014 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by William Purnell
Haymarket, 1.54 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Slateford, 1.75 miles, 33 min walk (show)
Edinburgh, 2.35 miles, 45 min walk (show)
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3rd Dec 2021, 14:06
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3rd Dec 2021, 14:05
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
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