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Ireland & Scotland Food: 10 Must-Eat Dishes
The number one drink in the country is, of course, the famous Guinness Beer.

Both Ireland and Scotland take great pride in their traditions, including the cuisine, of course. There are some great choices of authentic meals, some a bit unusual, and some entirely typical. Yet, we suggest you try as many as possible to learn about the history and culture of the countries. So, we have prepared a list of 10 must-eat dishes for your trip to Ireland or Scotland!

1. Soda Bread, Ireland

While it sounds quite dull, the Irish Soda Bread is anything but! It comes from an old tradition that every family must have their own authentic recipe, even if they change up the spices a bit. So, when you order a slice of Soda Bread in a restaurant, you will never know what type you will get.

We suggest looking for a small, local restaurant, preferably a family business. It is best when served with butter and jam.

Soda Bread:

2. Haggis, Scotland

None of the Scotland tours is done if you leave without trying out Haggis! It represents the best side of Scottish cooking and is made by using all parts of the animal mixed with the right spices and flavors.

We suggest looking for a small, local restaurant, preferably a family business. It is best when served with butter and jam.

Traditionally, Haggis is made from finely chopped sheep’s liver, heart, and lungs, accompanied by oatmeal, suet, herbs, and seasoning. While it is not for the weak stomach, you should try at least a bite of it, as it is very important and traditional in Scotland! Who knows, maybe you’ll end up liking it?


3. Irish Stew, Ireland

Quite a primitive meal, yet super tasty, the Irish Stew is one of the most popular humble dishes in the country.

Being a one-pot course, it is very easy to make, and while you can attempt it at home, we suggest finding a cozy restaurant to try out authentic Ireland flavors. Mainly it is lamb, potatoes, and veggies!

Irish Stew:

4. Lobster, Scotland

While the Scottish are not that much into seafood, they serve the best lobster! This goes a bit further into the fancy part of the menu, but you can try it at any restaurant, basically.

The fresh, sweet, and juicy fish, slathered in butter and soft seasoning, melt in your mouth. Definitely try it out when you get the chance!


5. Shellfish, Ireland

Similar to Scottish lobster, this one might surprise you, but Shellfish is a hidden gem of the Irish cuisine. Especially if you visit in September when the real Shellfish season begins.

The meal comes in all shapes and forms, from cooked clams in Connemara to Molly Malone’s mussels and Dublin Bay prawns, which have their own festival.
Speaking of, try visiting Galway in September for the Oyster Festival!


6. Fresh Fish, Scotland

Now that we started with the seafood, it is hard to stop! But, actually, the Scottish prepare the best Fresh fish, and while that might seem highly unusual for you, is anything else really a surprise after Haggis?

Try out the sensational dish, including Atlantic salmon, trout, and pollock, accompanied by a side salad.

Fresh Fish:

7. Boxty, Ireland

While it has an amusing name, Boxty is initially potato pancakes, potato dumplings, and potato bread.

They make it out of grated raw potato and mashed potatoes, which are then mixed with flour and salt. The mixture should be boiled, then sliced, and fried afterward. The Irish love to add smoked bacon and parsley to it!


8. Porridge, Scotland

Yes, porridge is a very broad term! However, if you go out for breakfast to one of Scotland’s cafes, you will see why Scottish porridge is so special.
You can choose from all kinds of cereal and add anything you would like. They usually like a mixture of both sweet and salty, with fresh berries or sunflower seeds.


9. Guinness Beer, Ireland

The number one drink in the country is, of course, the famous Guinness Beer. The pride and backbone of Irish culture and cuisine, the beverage has been around since the 18th century and is still praised as one of the best discoveries in the country.
Seek a pint at any pub or restaurant with a meal or as a refresher on a warm day!

Guinness Beer:

10. Shortbread, Scotland

This relatively simple, three-ingredient meal serves as a great snack when needed and a full meal whether you want a dessert or something spicier.
Since the flavor of shortbread is so bland, it goes with absolutely everything, including jams, honey, sour dip, or butter. Simple, yet so tasty!


Ten great, unique dishes for you to try on your next trip to Ireland or Scotland! Do not miss out and try at least a few. For the best experience, we suggest visiting small local restaurants. Bon appetit!

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