Top winter food and drink in Scotland
Winter is the perfect time for comfort food, especially when the wind is howling outside and you have a cosy fireplace crackling in front of you. Here you can find few tips for winter food and drink in Scotland. Stay warm!
Haggis (from the Scots word “hag” which means to chop or hew) is Scotland's national dish but take our word when we say that what haggis lacks in appearance it certainly makes up for it in taste! It’s a type of savoury pudding that combines meat with oatmeal, onions, salt and spices. Although it was traditionally cooked in a sheep’s stomach, nowadays it’s usually put in a synthetic sausage casing. It’s generally served with neeps and tatties and is usually eaten on Burns Night, but it can be served any stormy wintery night, to keep up the spirit! There is also a vegetarian version, made of vegetables, pulses, oatmeal, seeds and spices.
Cullen skink is a thick soup made of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions. It’s a speciality from Cullen, a village and former royal burgh in Moray and it’s the perfect full-flavoured, hearty, and comforting creamy soup for your winter nights. It’s often found as a starter in many restaurants, but it can also be served as a main dish and it will definitely warm you up for your day ahead.
You can’t talk about winter in Scotland without thinking of sampling a wee dram of whisky to warm you up! Whisky has been part of Scotland since 1495 and it’s usually divided by regions: the Lowlands with only 5 distilleries in operation; Speyside, The Highlands, Islay with 8 distilleries and Campbeltown once with over 30 distilleries currently has only 3 operating. Although only five regions are specifically described, any Scottish locale may be used to describe a whisky if it is distilled entirely within that place; for example a single malt whisky distilled on Orkney could be described as Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky instead of as an Island whisky.
With plenty of food and drink choices, you can definitely say that winter has become your new favourite season!