If you love hot dogs, then you must make a beeline for The Other Place, which is in the heart of Canonmills. This pub has a good atmosphere, but it’s the selection of “gourmet hot dogs” that makes it really worth the visit.
Formally the Stag’s Head pub, I’d never been in before but from the sounds of it, this recent renovation was exactly what this watering hole needed. What used to be considered quite a dingy place is now a buzzing gastropub with a strong food and drink offering.
The interiors are warm and quirky, and there’s a good selection of beers on offer. I’m not a huge fan of beer, but the barman recommended I try the Old Mout Cider. I gave the passionfruit and apple flavour a go, and I enjoyed it so much that I ended up having two (hiccup)!
We went on a Friday night, and it was pretty busy, probably from droves of office workers out and celebrating the weekend. It’s a good time to go if you want to soak up some of the atmosphere over a drink, but it might get a bit on the crowded side if you want to stay for food. If you do, be sure to call ahead and make sure they have space.
There’s a wide selection of food on the menu, with mains ranging from around £7-£10 and include the old favourites such as fish and chips, burgers and macaroni cheese.
However, the guys at The Other Place are best known for their selection of hot dogs, which come in a range of weird and wonderful flavours.
I opted for the Scotdog, which is their standard hotdog with a lashing of West Calder haggis on top and a side of peppercorn gravy. It was an unusual combo, but worked really well.
Given the consistency of the haggis, it’s not really something you can grab and eat with your hands, but I just covered the whole thing with the lovely sauce and mopped it all up with my knife and fork.
One of my dining companions chose the pizza dog, which looks incredible. As the name probably suggests, the pizza dog comes with a topping of tomato sauce, salami and mozzarella. While she said it was quite tasty, it was fairly difficult to eat as the salami kept sliding off the bun.
That didn’t hamper our enjoyment of the evening though, and we hung around for a couple more drinks (did I mention how tasty the Old Mout cider was?!) before we moved on. The Other Place has a great vibe, and coupled with its great food menu makes it a solid choice for spending the evening in Canonmills.