Updated June 25, 2020.
We ended up visiting both Edinburgh and Glasgow on this trip, and we had positive foodie experiences in each city! We tried the most Scottish food we could find, and in case you wondered, I can definitely recommend the haggis!
Royal Yacht Britannia
Not only did we get to tour the Royal Yacht Britannia, we also got to dine there! They have a restaurant called the Royal Deck Tea Room onboard, and we felt very fancy eating our little sandwiches and sweets! I’ll be honest with you, though; as far as tastiness, we were unfortunately underwhelmed!
And let’s be honest, I can’t pass up an opportunity to eat a Victoria Sandwich!
Read on: Visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia
Hotel Buffet Breakfast
I was actually pretty impressed with the hotel breakfast at the Hampton next to the Edinburgh airport. Or maybe I was just really hungry at 5:00am. Either way, I’m glad it was included in our rate!
The Iron Horse
I got the Haggis! It came out looking a little different than I expected, but it was actually great, and I’d get it again! It reminded me of meatloaf and came with “neeps” and “tatties,” which are parsnips and potatoes respectively!
Joel, on the other hand, got the steak pie, which is also a British delight! It came with chips (aka French fries) and peas.
Deacon Brodie’s Tavern
This tavern on the Royal Mile came highly recommended, but we waited far too long for our food, even by leisurely European standards! I hope we were the exception and that our experience was just a fluke, since the food was good!
The Elephant House
This is the cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter! Neither Joel nor I are too crazy about Harry Potter, but of course we wanted to eat here for the literary and historical significance! Pro tip: go for breakfast. The crowds were far fewer than at suppertime the previous day!
Okay, so we weren’t in Italy, but who can pass up gelato?
We stumbled upon this pub kind of on accident, but it was the best place we ate the whole trip! The sticky toffee pudding was life-changing!
But the story of Greyfriars Bobby is even sweeter. Bobby the Skye terrier belonged to John Grey, a night watchman with the Edinburgh City Police. He and Bobby were inseparable for two years, but John died. Bobby sat faithfully by John’s grave in the church behind the pub for 14 years until he passed away himself in 1872 at 16 years old. He is also buried in the Greyfriar’s church yard.
Royal Scots Club
Our last authentic Scottish meal was breakfast at the Royal Scots Club, where we stayed in Edinburgh. We both got the Full Scottish Breakfast, and I have to say, it was a fine send-off!
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