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What Are The Best Places to Experience Traditional Scottish Food?

VisitScotlandAbigailVisitScotlandAbigail Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
Scotland’s stunning landscapes and clear coastal waters make for a unique and abundant natural larder. From the renowned haggis, to lesser known specialities like Cullen skink, Scotland is a foodie’s paradise.

Because of this, I’m interested to see the different ways other people have been able to experience traditional Scottish food on their travels here. I’ve already found a few restaurants in Glasgow and Edinburgh that are brilliant for authentic Scottish dishes!

1. Wee LOCHAN, Glasgow

Based in Glasgow’s West End, this small restaurant has an array of Scottish specialities to choose from. Whether you’re in the mood for some seasonal Scottish lamb or a bit of Stornoway black pudding, the Wee LOCHAN is the perfect place to try some authentic Glaswegian food. They even do an all-day Sunday roast!

2. Hendersons, Edinburgh

Despite many traditional Scottish dishes containing meat of some sort, there’s no need to miss out, even if you’re vegetarian. Hendersons in Edinburgh’s New Town has a menu filled with traditional food but without the meat. So, if you fancy having a try of some vegan haggis during your trip, make sure to pay them a visit. There’s always time for a drink and some music in the evening too!

3. Cafe Royal, Edinburgh

The Café Royal puts great emphasise on providing diners with an authentic Scottish food experience, seen especially in their vast selection of Scottish dishes on offer. From Arbroath Smokies, to Haggis Bon Bons, and even traditional Cullen skink, it’s almost impossible not to find something that’ll give you a true taste of Scotland. A full Scottish supper is also available for those who want the full experience during their time in Scotland.

Where are some of the best places you’ve experienced traditional Scottish food? If you’ve ever been on some interesting food tours or been to any great restaurants in Scotland, let me know! I’m keen to discover more!


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