The Canny Man’s is a pub in Morningside Road which is utterly unique and, some might say, eccentric. The walls are covered in all sorts of stuff, staff are dressed in black and white and they have a great selection of drinks. Morningside is an affluent area of Edinburgh and champagne sells well.
If you read the reviews on e.g. Tripadvisor, some people seem to have had very bad experiences with unwelcoming and unfriendly staff. In many years of going there, we have never had such an experience – everyone has been friendly and helpful. We think it’s a great pub and go there regularly when we are in Edinburgh.
Anyway, this blog is about food and the Canny Man’s specialises in open sandwiches – smorrebrod. We went there for a drink one Saturday evening, decided we were too tired to cook so stayed for dinner.
I had two open sandwiches – they all have names which are hard to remember but, essentially, I started with smoked fish – salmon and haddock then followed this with a rare roast beef sandwich. Both were very nicely presented, with good quality ingredients and the service was impeccable. We were served a complimentary aperitif (pink wine) and digestif (Spanish brandy) with our coffee.
This is a pub not a restaurant so you shouldn’t expect gourmet food. But 2 sandwiches are more than enough so you can eat a very good dinner for less than £20 each.