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12th May, 2022 07:15 IST

Scotland has a rich and diverse food culture. Scottish food is hearty, healthy, and often high in fat which suits the country’s climate. This post will take a look at some of the most popular items eaten in Scotland.

Scotch Egg

A hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat and fried.


Scotch Cakes

A small crepe made from flour and milk, often served with butter and sugar, stuffed with fruit or vegetables topped with whipped cream or clotted cream.


A flat round cake made from oats, often cooked on a griddle.


Potato Bread

Bread made with mashed potato and barley or oatmeal.


Edible honeycomb is sometimes used in sweetmeats or as an addition to ice cream or desserts.


A biscuit is traditionally made from sugar, butter, flour, and milk baked until it is crisp and golden brown, then dusted with sugar before being cut into diamond-shaped pieces.

Bara Brith

A traditional dish of oatcakes (see #5) served with honey, butter, and fruit.


Irn Bru

Named after its inventor, John Dewar, this is a soft drink made from sugar-cane molasses and carbonated water.

Haggis Benedict

A Scottish breakfast dish consisting of a haggis baked in an egg batter, then covered in crumbed or pancake based breadcrumbs and baked in the oven until the crumbs are toasted golden brown This can be served on toast, or scrambled in the haggis itself (although it is not traditionally eaten like that).


A traditional dish made from sheep's or goat's innards and hearts. Haggis is traditionally served with “neeps and tatties” (mashed potato and turnip) in Scots (not to be confused with the Scottish haggis that is made from calf's liver).


Scotch Brose

A lightly spiced ale-like drink, usually made by fermenting malt extracted from barley, usually diluted with water.

Toasted Cheese

A traditional Scottish breakfast dish of toasted cheddar cheese sandwiched between two slices of buttered toast.

Haggis waffle

A traditional Scottish breakfast dish consisting of a haggis sandwiched between two waffles (a yeasted batter made from flour and milk, cooked in the shape of a pancake).

Scotch Tart

 An apple flan or tart filled with brown sugar and topped with whipped cream and apricot or cherry.

Haggis Cakes

 A traditional Scottish breakfast dish of two small scones filled with haggis and fried in butter to give them a golden brown crumb coating. This can be served on toast, or as a scotch egg filling.

Tayto Crisps

A potato-based crisp originally produced in the town of Strabane in County Tyrone.


A dish of porridge oats (made from oats and water) served with cream or other hot toppings such as fruit or jam.



A pastry shell filled with various savoury ingredients (traditional fillings include meat and gravy, cheese, potato, and onion) is baked until the pastry is flaky and golden brown.

Scotch Pancake

A traditional Scottish breakfast dish of a flat pancake made from flour, milk, egg, and yeast folded into shape, then cooked on a griddle.

Black Pudding

A thick sausage made from pig's blood and fat traditionally served with oatcakes.

Scotch Pie

A savoury pie made from meat such as chicken or beef, onions, and vegetables such as leeks or carrots. The pastry is usually flavoured with mustard or sage.

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