The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and Stirling are a perfect place to experience excellent Scottish hospitality in restaurants, bars and cafes surrounded by beautiful scenery. No matter if you want to organise a celebration or just eat out with some friends, you can choose from a large variety of places to eat. If you are looking for a great High Tea then this link will take you to a range of venues who pride themselves on providing quality afternoon and high teas.
Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish, considered the national dish of Scotland as a result of Robert Burns' poem "Address to a Haggis" of 1787. Haggis is traditionally served with "neeps and tatties" (Scots: turnip and potato, boiled and mashed separately) and a "dram" (i.e. a glass of Scotch Whisky), especially as the main course of a Burns supper. However it is also often eaten with other accompaniments.
Haggis is traditionally served with the Burns supper on the week of January 25, when Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, is commemorated. He wrote the poem Address to a Haggis, which starts "Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!" In Burns's lifetime haggis was a common dish of the poor as it was nourishing yet very cheap, being made from leftover parts of a sheep (the commonest livestock in Scotland) otherwise thrown away.
Besides the typical Scottish food you can also choose from a number of international venues as Scotland has had a long affiliation with Chinese and Indian food and you will find many of these types of restaurants around as they are very popular as the standard of food and service is superb.
Some restaurants also offer gluten free food and vegetarian dishes, but check the menu before you arrive! On that subject, it is always best to book in advance during the Summer months, especially if you are a large party as seating is always limited due to demand. Some establishments, including pubs serve food all day but others take a break in the afternoon and start evening food around 6pm and usually serve until 9 or 10pm. After 10pm it will mainly be the Chinese and Indian restaurants that are accepting customers.
Tea can be served everywhere at most times of the day, usually in a pot when you decided how strong you prefer it. If you want to enjoy some homemade scones or cakes to accompany your tea just visit one of the tea rooms or cafes you can find in most towns and villages in The Trossachs.
Thankfully, the days of instant coffee are gone from most establishments and good quality coffee in various sizes and strengths can be found in places to eat.
Gratuities (tipping) does not have a hard and fast rule in Scotland as to when to leave a tip. Generally, if you are delighted with the food and service, leave a tip for a sum you think is fair. Most tips are not kept by the person who served you but are pooled to be shared with all of the staff. There are no taxes added to your final bill in any eatery in the UK as all taxes (VAT) are included.