Eating / Drinking, Edinburgh
A popular hot take away meal in Britain is Fish and Chips. This tasty combination is usually eaten with salt and vinegar; in Scotland sometimes with a special brown sauce.
The favourite fish is Cod, followed by Haddock and Plaice. Prices are about 1 GBP for the Chips and about 2,50 GBP for the Fish.
This delightful bar is beside the Bruntsfield Links and The Meadows - a wonderful parkland which makes Edinburgh special.
You can play golf on the mini course here - many do.
The bar is lovely inside - like so many bars in Edinburgh. I'm not showing favouritism.
(Notice the flames at the door?)
The main weekend activity seemed to be increasing our stomach capacity, therefore we learnt a few phrase differences. Over to TOBY (an ex-Edinburgh resident) for an insiders guide:
"In the chip shop you get suppers not 'something and chips', i.e. fish supper. If you ask for fish and chips, you'll get a blank look and then probably end up with a fish supper and chips. Also you'll be asked 'salt 'n' sos?'. Sos is individual to each shop, they make it to their own recipe and usually sell it in litre bottles from behind the counter, should you have an insatiable desire for it. You don't get ketchup / brown sauce, just sos.
Then there's neeps and tatties (Neeps are what the Scots call turnips and they're used a lot in meals, Tatties being potatoes), Lorne sausage (square sausage sold in slices) - one of the probing questions asked by the Big Issue in Scotland of it's interviewees is 'Square sausage or round?'.
The Scotish also batter and deep fry ANYTHING. Mars Bars, Pies, Pizza's, ANYTHING. I heard a radio interview where somebody wandered into a Glasgow chippie and asked if they could batter and fry his trainers. They did".
Fish and Chip shops or "Chippies" are EVERYWHERE and in Scotland are like their own food group. They are full of the least healthy foods- besides chips and fried fish you can get fried black pudding, haggis, sausage, hamburgers, pizza and a local favorite- Fried Mars Bar- so go ahead and be Scotish by clogging an artery!
You're in Scotland - have a chocolate icecream wafer.
Go on, you know you want to. They're healthy as well (at least compared to the rest of the Scottish diet!).
Watch out: deep fried Mars bars are NOT a myth.
In restaurants, most people leave tips of about 10%. However, if you're in a large group, check the receipt as they may have added extra onto the bill so it's up to you if you want to tip.
I believe one of the differences with an english breakfast is the black pudding...
Anyway, no better start for the day than such a breakfast ;-)
drink the American way, what else??? at least it's a better form of cultural invasion than the tired golden arches...all hail caffeine, eh???
In Scotland pubs and clubs are open all day Sundays, many in the town centre are open till three or four in the morning although the majority close at 2300 weekdays and late on the weekends.
Never say no to a drink! Especially if its Caley 80, Edinburghs home brewed Ale.
Never forget to tip (10% normally in cafes etc. Not always necessary in bars - use your discresion)