Before their refurb back in 2014, the canons’ gait, for many, was just a stop-off for a swift half on the way home. now, with an enticing menu, contemporary décor and live music most evenings, it’s much more than your average royal mile tourist trap. with six rotating beer taps, three regulars, two guest keg beers and a range of trendy bottles from the likes of colonsay and loch ness breweries, they’ve got their beer selection down to a tee. to complement such a fine range of ales is a menu of light bites, including sharing platters, as well as some more substantial grub. the truffle oil macaroni cheese and hop-smoked fishcakes with onion purée demonstrate their efforts to make their own mark on otherwise boring pub grub. even though wines are not their thing, there is still a generous list, made even more affordable with the option of a carafe.