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Apr 20, 2012 05:14 AM

Where to eat haggis in Edinburgh?

My friends are going to Edinbourgh for a few days and they asked me about Scotch food. Where should they go for eating the best haggis? Prefer gastropubs over fine dining.

Thanks so much!

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  1. Scotch is whisky. Scottish describes food (and anything else). And you have a typo in your title - the city is Edinburgh.

    Unless you get a specific mention of a place that makes their own, then I'd suggest your friends look out for anywhere selling MacSween's haggis which is, IMO, the best of the commonly available ones. I'd reckon most pubs will buy in their haggis, rather than make their own. That said, I don't think I've ever had a poor haggis anywhere in Scotland, although some are less peppery than others.

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    1. re: Harters

      The title is correct. It says Edinburg.

      When did Macsween win the a haggis championship award? Certainly not recently. Just because its available the length of breadth of the company doesn't mean its good.

      And here's the OED definition of "scotch"


      old-fashioned term for Scottish. a Scotch plaid scarf


      1short for Scotch whisky. a bottle of Scotch

      2 (as plural noun the Scotch) dated the people of Scotland.

      3 [mass noun] dated the form of English spoken in Scotland.

      1. re: meltsheep

        Thanks, I always appreciate it when folks take the trouble to tell me when I'm wrong.

        Can't help on when MacSween won a championship. Absolutely no idea - or even if they ever have.

        1. re: Harters

          lol well they are a great brand like Macdonalds :-) I come from edinburgh.

          BTW all or most of the fish 'n chip shoaps in edinburgh sell "haggis suppers". Problem solved. eat it with "sauce" (edinburgh's special watered down HP sauce).

    2. Harters has it in one.

      There are no Souse Chefs turning out haggises:) in Edunbourgh, or for that matter
      Edinburgh. they are a product.

      But if ever you come to Scarborough in the NE of England, you can have the

      best Cod and Chips in the world.

      (said with tongue in cheek mods)

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      1. re: Naguere

        Coming from the north west, it grieves me to accept that Yorkshire does seem to produce the country's finest fish & chips.

      2. There's a gastro-pub called The Dogs on Hanover street that serves Haggis (along with Neeps and Tatties) and is quite good. I ate there a couple weeks ago when I was in Edinburgh. It is a lively place with mis-matched tables. It is listed in the Good Food Guide.

        Make sure you walk upstairs to get to it. They have a ground floor restaurant (Amore Dogs?) which is to be avoided.

        1. Thanks very much, guys, and my appologies for the mistakes. Scottish and Edinburgh :-)

          1. the last time I visited that fair city, it seemed that every eatery in Edinburgh offered up haggis -- up to and including a vegetarian version (although I confess to having no idea how THAT works!)

            A waitress in the small resto where we had dinner was kind enough to bring a small plate to try, since neither of us was certain we really wanted to have an entire order as dinner....It was far better than I was afraid it would be, and we finished the small offering (adding to the tip for the kindness), although I'm not sure I'd request it again.

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            1. re: sunshine842

              I've had veggie haggis (MacSween's) and it's not bad. Not the real thing, of course, but not bad. Uses beans and lentils in place of the meat but seasonings, etc are the same I think.


              The real heresy though, is the vegetarian black pudding made by one of the companies in Bury. It grieves me considerably to tell you that this, also, isnt bad.

              1. re: Harters

                but considering the number of times I've tried black pudding, and the number of different locations (England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany and France) in which I've tried it -- and not cared for it, ever -- sadly, vegetarian black pudding actually is a viable option for me....

                I don't detest the stuff, and would eat it if it appeared on the plate at the home of a friend, but it's not something I make the conscious choice to consume any more.

                1. re: sunshine842

                  Yum yum black pudding in Austria yum... Still salivating :-)
                  Thanks guys for all the info. My friends actually want to try haggis :-D