The Volunteer's Arms
The Canny Man’s pub in Morningside is an Edinburgh institution established in 1871 and passed down through generations of the Kerr family. It is a free house, as free as the wind as Mr Kerr used to say, therefore it has no connection with any brewery and only sells the best of each brewers produce. The public house serves food everyday from 12 - 3 pm and in the evenings from 6.30 - 9 pm (except Friday / Sunday nights). A snack menu is available till 5 pm. The food that is served is seafood and SMØRREBRØD sandwiches. Introduced many years ago, it has been tailor-made to suit customers needs, and freshly prepared each day, it is ideal as a drinker's meal.
The Canny Man's painted by Maggie Vance
The Canny Man's has developed a formidable reputation for its Bloody Mary even gaining exposure on BBC's Saturday Kitchen show. If there is a better hangover cure we have not found it yet! Sadly Watson Kerr passed away in September 2011 but his full page obituary in the Scotsman newspaper described him as an "extraordinary Edinburgh publican whose unique approach to hospitality brought his Canny Man’s pub legendary status". His no nonsense approach to running a public house gave The Canny Man’s notoriety that stretched far passed the boundaries of Edinburgh. This small family run bar in Edinburgh has catered to many dignitaries and celebrities over the years. With celebrated seafood chef Rick Stein calling the Canny Man’s "the best pub in the world".
Mr Kerr’s philosophy is still alive today in the form of his wife and two sons who continue to run the public house in the manner he desired. A public house that is what this is, and it has survived as such for over one hundred years. It is well loved and well hated.
" Loved by those who know it and hated by those who do not understand it. A place that will not change, will not alter, respecting the past and prepared at all cost to preserve the future. For a genuinely unique pub experience look no further than The Canny Man's "