Food Culture


Many ask: What do pubs in Scotland serve? The simple answer is they serve what the Scottish customers like to eat, and what they like to eat may surprise you by how familiar it is.

Scottish people like fresh fish such as salmon, cod, herring and trout (no surprise there). They like lamb, steaks, sauces and fresh vegetables (very familiar). They don’t mind a bit of fried food, such as haddock and chips. They also like "Steak Pie" a meat stew served under a puff pastry top, similar to “Sheppard’s Pie” (familiar but with a twist). They like eclectic salads and pizza; they love Indian food, middle-eastern food and sometimes sushi.  They like soups of almost any kind and most of all, they like sweet, baked deserts (with ice cream or a cordial over the top). YUM!

In short, the Scots like almost all the things that we do but sometimes they prepare it in a slightly different way or give it an unfamiliar name.  Where necessary Highlander provides a more common to America translation under the item in the menu. If you have any questions about the menu items just ask your waiter or ask to speak to the chef.

Very occasionally we offer traditional Scottish dishes, such as the infamous, at least in this country, haggis (a savory pudding containing heart, liver and lungs; minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock and encased in the animal's stomach). Nice! We fully appreciate that this may not sound appetizing to many of our American customers, although we can’t imagine why!

We will never surprise you (in a bad way) and if such a dish is offered we normally provide small portions that can be sampled by the adventurous few. Rest assured, you will find plenty of very familiar dishes on our menu and we will never serve anything that isn’t completely described beforehand, down the ingredients, if requested. Vegetarian dishes are also on the menu.