Mearns T. McCaskie are a butchers based in Wemyss Bay, not far from Glasgow. They asked us to try out their award-winning haggis and who are we to say no to that!
Rather than the usual haggis, neeps 'n' tatties we decided to have something a bit different. But first the haggis had to be inspected by our quality controller and we can confirm that it passed the test.
So, what did we make?
We made creamed carrots, potato dauphinoise and roasted cauliflower. We'll add these recipes soon, but first we have a recipe for Whisky gravy which can be found here.
We can see why it won awards. Mrs Foodie isn't the biggest fan of haggis, she loves black pudding but she'll moan about how haggis is full of fatty bits, greasy and overspiced, however with this haggis, she went back for seconds!
The haggis was oaty, soft and moist not dried out. The smell was peppery but not overly spiced and meaty enough to want to dive in -a good savoury taste without being filled with chewy fat.
Fred came up to the plates for a sniff around and waited to see if there would be any leftovers.
Thumbs up (or claws) from us all!
For the next couple of days you can take advantage of their champion haggis offer. For £35 (including delivery) you get £44 worth of food:
- 1 pack of their traditional unsmoked Ayrshire bacon (200g/8 rashers RRP £3.50)
- 1 traditional haggis ball (500g, for 2 - 3 people RRP £5)
- 1 Chieftain haggis (1.5kg for 8 - 10 peopple RRP £16.50)
- 3 Arran cheeses (mixed selection, 200g each RRP £11)
- Mini Arran oatcakes (1 pack RRP £2)
- 4 of their Gold award-winning mini steak and haggis pies (RRP £6)
We shall be sampling their pies today and will report back our findings.
If you'd like to take advantage of this offer then you must order by 23rd January to guarantee delivery for Burns night on Wednesday 25th. Order here. Alternatively you can physically visit their shop, which isn't just a butchers, it's also a licensed deli and cafe/restaurant and is easily accessible on the main road (Shore Road / A78). There is a small car park next door with plenty more across the road for the Rothesay ferry. It's also just across the road from Wemyss Bay railway station.
McCaskie Butchers, 9a Bayview, Shore Road, Wemyss Bay, PA18 6AR
Mon - Thu 8-5:30, Fri 8-6, Sat 8-5, Sun CLOSED
If visiting McCaskie's by train then Wemyss Bay train station is literally across the road! There's one train per hour from Glasgow Central and the journey takes 47 minutes and both trains leave their respective stations at 57 minutes past the hour.
Disclaimer: McCaskies sent us some products to review and our opinions are our own.
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