Scottish pub grub has come under fire in two recently-released German tourist guides.
The guides have labelled Scottish cuisine as a "disappointment" and "bland".
According to reports in Scotland on Sunday, the Marco Polo guide to Scotland warned that food-lovers would not be pleased with what was on offer.
"The choice of dishes is limited and vegetables which are fresh rather than deep frozen are the exception."
"Eating in pubs and basic restaurants, even for the undemanding low-budget tourist, is rarely other than a disappointment."
The Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club guide spread its criticism a little wider, and said: "British cooking is not exactly well-known for being gourmet-friendly and there is a constant tendency to offer overboiled vegetables and bland meat."
And it added "Continental appetites are only too glad to refuse Scottish sausages."
Scottish pub managers admitted the Germans could have a point. Alasdair Scouler, licensee of the Steam Packet Inn on the Isle of Whithorn, Scottish Dining Pub of the Year 2003, told Scotland on Sunday: "I am afraid the critics are right. Only a minority of pubs offer top-quality food in Scotland."
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Pictured: Hot Scottish pancakes with Anchor butter and blueberries