Haggis, neeps and tatties at Greyfriars Bobbys Bar

Greyfriars Bobbys Bar is one of the most identifiable establishments in Edinburgh. It’s hard not to be when you have a monument to a canine legend on your doorstep.

Greyfriars Bobby is Scotland’s answer to America’s Shep and Tokyo’s Hachiko. And its statue is not too far from the pooch’s final resting place. Just round the back of the pub is the grave stone, where people leave toys and sticks for his spirit.

Haggis, neeps and tatties

However there was a special reason we went to the bar. In coming to Edinburgh, I was on a mission to try haggis. Haggis is a whole bunch of things cooked in a sheep’s stomach and honestly, you can google what it contains.

And yes, it’s really served with “neeps and tatties”, which is mashed swedes and mashed potatoes.

My verdict: it’s really quite yummy and I don’t see why some people would make a fuss about it. True, there is a lot of herbs and spice in it, so if you’re not used to strong flavoured foods, it might not be to your liking (in which case, you probably don’t like curries either). Otherwise, dig in, cuz it’s delicious!

Chicken and cider pie

Of course if haggis is a little too adventurous for you, there is a much more mundane selection to choose from, including pies and steaks. The pie was yummy, with proper chicken chunks in gorgeously silky gravy.

The only hiccup is service. We arrived about 45 mins before closing and the boys went to the bar to order, only to be told to come back in 30 mins (they hadn’t been told the kitchen would be closing then). Had the boys not gone back 10 mins later to check, we might not have had dinner at all. So be warned!

 

Greyfriars Bobbys Bar
34 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, Scotland
Tel: 0131 225 8328

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