Where to eat haggis in Edinburgh?
- sasicka Apr 20, 2012 05:14 AM
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.