Wimpy, Dingwall

Remember Wimpy?

Wimpy originated from the USA and made its way across the ocean to mainly the UK and South Africa. You might remember this advert.

I think Wimpy was one of the first places to sell fast food in the UK. But this was fast food with a difference as it was table service and the food was on a plate.

Founded in Indiana in 1934, Wimpy arrived in the UK through Lyons, who signed a licence to operate Wimpy across the UK. In 1977 the company was sold to United Biscuits and then to Grand Metropolitan in 1989. Grand Metropolitan began to phase out the Wimpy brand to their more recognisable brand, Burger King.

Following buyouts and takeovers, there are now only 67 Wimpy sites in the UK, with many of them franchises. Click here to find your nearest Wimpy.

One of the sites still in operation is in Dingwall. We were so surprised to see one, we had to go in.

It was just like stepping back in time. The chairs, fixed to the floor, of course, the tables, decor and random pictures on the wall.

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What we ate and drank

There was a special in the window of two Wimpy cheeseburgers and 2 regular chips for £11.95 so we picked that and splashed out on a strawberry milkshake and a Lipton’s Ice Tea.

We can’t fault the freshly made food and drink. It was just as we expected it, not the best, but there was something familiar about it and comforting. There’s still a strange feeling getting a burger and chips on a plate.

We had to buy some Wimpy special sauce to take home to remind us of the occasion. It’s a bit like seafood sauce with a dash of dill. Strange when you think of it but it seems to go with their burgers.


Just like £5 albums in Our Price and buying clothes at C&A, this was a trip down memory lane. It wasn’t the best trip, but not the worst. It did the job after a hungry trip on the train North.


Wimpy, 62 High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9RY




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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