Take Three: Porky Ties
The Kilted Pig
101b Colinton Road, Edinburgh, 0131 444 1911
Kilted pigs are sausages wrapped in bacon – also known as pigs in a blanket, as any hotel commis chef could tell you. The pub bearing the name is near Craiglockhart in Edinburgh’s southern suburbs, and offers pub grub which may major on meat, but can be innovative and refined too, serving crab tagliatelle or squid ink and salmon risotto.
The Butterfly and the Pig
153 Bath Street, Glasgow, 0141 221 7711
The sort of dining room you imagine Tim Burton might like to set a film in: all sweetly mismatched furniture and chintzy tat. The menu, written somewhere between English and gibberish, turns the whimsy level up to 11, and they get away with it only because the kitchen is imaginative and the food is excellent.
34 Victoria Street, Edinburgh
There aren’t many menus in Edinburgh as short as the one at Oink: it’s pork roll with or without crackling. This tiny Old Town takeaway has a whole pig (head and all), slow roasted overnight at Reivers Country Farm Foods in the Borders, lying in its roasting tray in full view in the window. As an advert for what’s inside, it’s nothing if not direct.