YouGov poll reveals Scots' favourite 'classic' Scottish dishes

New YouGov research reveals which of Scotland’s 'classic' culinary offerings is the favourite of Scots'.

Published 25th Nov 2019
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The world famous haggis comes first, tied with breakfast favourite lorne sausage, both liked by 69 per cent of Scots' asked in the YouGov poll.

However, the proportion of people polled who have tried each food and also liked it is marginally larger for lorne sausages (75 per cent) than haggis (73 per cent).

YouGov poll Scots'

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Just over two thirds of Scots say they like oatcakes and Scotch broth, meaning these two dishes take joint second place. Oatcakes and Scotch broth are also the dishes those polled are most likely to have tried (95 per cent and 94 per cent respectively).

Scotch pie is liked by six in ten Scots (61 per cent) and cranachan by under half (44 per cent). Black bun tied with grouse, both being liked by a fifth (22 per cent) of Scots polled.

The infamous (and not often found) battered Mars bar however is only liked by one in nine Scots (11 per cent) despite nearly half having tried it at least once (44 per cent). Rumbledethumps came joint last on 11 per cent.

Commenting on the research, Connor Ibbetson, Research Manager at YouGov said: “Scotland certainly has some unique culinary offerings, and it’s great to see that so many have at least tried the classic foods from home.

"Interestingly, the foods liked the most and least by Scots are the two most well-known foods outside of Scotland; haggis and battered Mars bars.”

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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