The Haymarket stands on the crossroads of a changing city. This is where Edinburgh's haymarket used to be held. At the western end of this bustling market square is the city's first railway station that opened in 1842; beyond that is the unmissable chimney stack of a former whisky distillery; and further to the west, Murrayfield, the home of Scottish rugby.
The pub, which is built in a late Georgian to early Victorian style, occupies a sweeping corner spot with a fine view of the world. Directly outside stands the Haymarket Clock, a memorial to the Heart of Midlothian football team of 1914 that signed up en masse to fight in the First World War. They were the first British team to display such patriotic unity - and in a year in which many believed they might win the cup.