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So. YOu think you can't eat well in Scotland?

So. YOu think you can't eat well in Scotland?

Old May 3rd, 2008, 01:51 AM
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So. YOu think you can't eat well in Scotland?

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Old May 3rd, 2008, 02:34 AM
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Oh I know I can eat well in Scotland. We really enjoyed our stay on Loch Fyne last year, what with all the fresh fish at Loch Fyne Oysters, the superb meat available in the local shop, the Loch Fyne brewery beer and the great restaurants around there we had a wonderful time. I even managed to cook on an AGA for the first time in my life because I was so inspired by the local food.
If the scenery and the people weren't already enough to make me go back, the food certainly is!
Not a deep fries Mars bar in sight
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 08:50 AM
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So far on all our many trips to Scotland we have eaten well - you have to be willing to have adventures and do research. I personally love eating in Scotland and I am a foodie and chef (and therefore really picky a.k.a. anal)!
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 08:58 AM
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I actually really like haggis.

But, let's be honest, the poor reputation for food that Scotland (and England) has traditionally had is pretty well-deserved.
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Attention, SCOTLAND lovers:

Saw a fun flick last night with one beautiful scene after another, in and around Eilean Donan Castle and what looked like some villages on the nearby Isle of Skye. Gorgeous views!

"Made of Honor" with Patrick Dempsey
(OK ladies, stop panting!) and Michele Monaghan (OK men, retract your eyes!)

If you are in the mood for a movie that requires no deep thinking..just laughter and perhaps a stray tear or two...this is the one for you.

My wife approves of this message!

Stu T.
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 09:47 AM
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Two of the best meals I've had were at the Ardeonaig Hotel on Loch Tay.
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 09:53 AM
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OK, now I'm really coming.
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&quot;<i>But, let's be honest, the poor reputation for food that Scotland (and England) has traditionally had is pretty well-deserved.</i>&quot;

Depends on what you mean by &quot;traditionally&quot;. Definitely not in the last 20-25+ years. Some of the best restaurants in Europe are in the UK and the seafood, beef, lamb, game, cheeses - just wonderful.


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Old May 3rd, 2008, 10:06 AM
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I agree. I've been going to Great Britain for the last 20 some years and while I've had an occasional bad meal and some mediocre ones, most have been every bit as good as their French/German/American counterparts.
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Thanks for the movie recommendation, Tower.

We ate well in Scotland, also. Mr. 007 liked Haggis and I especially remember having fillet steak with a whisky sauce (i.e. Scotch as we say here) which was wonderful... we couldn't get enough of it.

I do believe the food in Britain has improved greatly since our first trip there over 25 years ago, although it's still fun to tease about it.
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My best dinner was in a cottage, near a village just outside of Aberdeen. The cook is a very special lady who, from to time, post on this forum.
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We didn't have a bad meal in the UK last year. Almost everywhere we ate made a point of using local ingredients and listing where their foods came from.

The Bell at Skenfrith was our only &quot;splurge&quot; meal, and it was fantastic - but the food at the hostels was good, too, and obviously less expensive.

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Three weeks in Scotland last summer, I must comment that food was not the highlight of the trip. The Breakfasts in the B&amp;B's was good and filling, but dinner...another question. That's just cause we were on the move most of the time and unfamiliar with the good places. One other thing we found that if you are not eating in a bar, restaurant food is expensive, and they expect you to order an entire meal, including wine...usually they have one sitting per evening, at the best places at least. Is this the norm.?
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&quot;<i>they expect you to order an entire meal, including wine...</i>&quot; Absolutely NOT my experience having eaten hundreds of meals in Scotland.

And what do you mean &gt;&gt;they expect you to order wine&lt;&lt;? Of course they will show you a wine list. But you just say no thanks of you aren't having any

&quot;<i> . . . . usually they have one sitting per evening, at the best places at least. Is this the norm.?</i>&quot; B&amp;Bs will only have one sitting since they are not restaurants. They only offer dinners as an option for their guests. But in restaurants there is either open seating or a couple of seatings a night. They do not &quot;turn tables&quot; fast like most US restaurants do.

You were - shall we say -- <i>unlucky</i>
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