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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Edinburgh is complete without tasting the traditional Edinburgh food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Edinburgh to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Bannock: any of a large variety of flat quick breads.
  • Scotch Pie: a small, double-crust meat pie filled with minced mutton or other meat.


  • Black Angus Potato Soup: thick soup made of baked potatoes, butter, milk, sour cream, onions, cheddar cheese, bacon and flour.
  • Crofter broth: a soup made with chicken, bacon, potatoes, carrots, leeks, and cabbage.
  • Cullen Skink: a thick Scottish soup made of smoked Finnan haddie, potatoes and onions.
  • Hairst Bree: broth of lamb meat, mixed autumnal vegetables, lettuce and mint.
  • Mushroom soup: soup made of mushrooms, onions and garlic in chicken broth.
  • Scotch broth: a soup made from barley, stewing or braising cuts of lamb or mutton, root vegetables.


  • Britannic Coleslaw: light salad as it combines many fresh fruits and vegetables, such as apples, etc.
  • Broccoli salad: salad made of broccoli, onions, bacon, cheese and raisins with mayonnaise dressing.
  • Caesar salad: salad of romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, eggs.
  • Chicken salad: salad that comprises chicken as a main ingredient.
  • Greek Salad: tomato salad with cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, and kalamata olives, dressed with olive oil.
  • Sashimi salad: salad made of fish sashimi, mesclun, onion or shallot, rice vinegar, sugar, mustard, grapeseed oil, sesame oil, vegetable oil and soy sauce.
  • Thai Beef Salad: salad made of beef, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, shallot, chili peppers and herbs.

Main courses

  • Bangers and Mash: traditional English dish made of mashed potatoes and sausages.
  • Fish Pie: (Fisherman Pie), traditional British dish made from mashed potatoes and white fish.
  • Haggis: a kind of sausage, or savory pudding cooked in a casing of sheep's intestine.
  • Kedgeree: a dish consisting of cooked, flaked fish, boiled rice, parsley, hard-boiled eggs, curry powder, butter or cream and occasionally sultanas.


  • Balmoral tartlets: pastries filled with a mix of butter, sugar and egg with cherries, mixed peel and cake crumbs.
  • Bread and Butter Pudding: made by layering slices of buttered bread in an oven dish into which an egg and milk mixture is poured.
  • Castle Cake: a cake that commemorates Edinburgh castle.
  • Cheesecake: dessert consisting of a topping made of soft, fresh cheese on a base made from biscuit, pastry or sponge.
  • Cranachan: a dessert made from a mixture of whipped cream, whiskey, honey, and fresh raspberries topped with toasted oatmeal.
  • Edinburgh Fog: cream, sugar, ratafia biscuits, almond essence, Drambuie, slivered almonds.
  • Sorbet: frozen dessert made from sweetened water flavored with fruit (typically juice or puree), wine, and/or liqueur.
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding: steamed dessert consisting of a very moist sponge cake, made with finely chopped dates or prunes, covered in a toffee sauce.

Fast food

  • Scallops:a popular type of shellfish in both Eastern and Western cooking.

Street food

  • White pudding: pork meat and fat, suet, bread, and oatmeal formed into the shape of a large sausage.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • English Breakfast Tea: black tea blend usually described as full-bodied, robust, and/or rich, and blended to go well with milk and sugar.
  • Irn-Bru: a popular carbonated soft drink produced in Blantyre, Scotland. it is bright orange in color.
  • Red Kola: a carbonated soft drink made from fruit extracts, and may include flavoring from the kola nut.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Atholl brose: a Scottish drink obtained by mixing oatmeal brose, honey, whisky, and sometimes cream.
  • Drambuie: a honey- and herb-flavored golden liqueur made from aged malt whisky, heather honey and a secret blend of herbs and spices.
  • Ginger beer: carbonated drink that is flavored primarily with ginger and sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners.
  • Ginger wine: a fortified wine made from a fermented blend of ground ginger and raisins.
  • Hot Toddy: a mixed drink, usually including alcohol, that is served hot.

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