An Edinburgh hotel has developed an unusual approach to a traditional Scottish dish – giving festival visitors a distinctive introduction to the taste of their host nation.

Paul Ritchie, the sous chef at Hilton Edinburgh Airport has developed a cupcake with all the classic ingredients of haggis, neeps and tatties, for a bite sized taste of traditional Scotland.

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Ritchie said: "The haggis cupcake was created to celebrate the start of the Edinburgh Festival and is a fun and tasty way of introducing thousands of international visitors to haggis, neeps and tatties."

Liam Spillane, general manager of Hilton Edinburgh Airport added, "We will welcome approximately 2000 international guests to the hotel throughout the month of August and we wanted to cook up a special treat to welcome our guests who have travelled from all over the globe to Edinburgh.

"Many international visitors are sometimes unsure about trying a full haggis dish; however, with the haggis cupcake they have the opportunity to have a mini tasting."

The dish devised in celebration of the Edinburgh Festival is available at Hilton Edinburgh Airport during the month of August and costs £2.95