Food In Britain Online
AND EATING OUT
out in one of the gastronomic capitals of the world is
bound to be a treat and doesn't need to be expensive. Once
people thought of London cuisine as simply fish-and-chips.
Today, however, London is home to over 80 different
cuisines and you will be spoilt for choice. In the past
decade, London has become one of the best food cities in
restaurants, even some of the most famous names, offer set
menus or pre-theatre dinner at special prices from about
10 pounds. Or head from Brick Lane for authentic
Bangladeshi curry or to Soho's Chinatown for Oriental
specialities. Do afternoon tea in one of London’s famous
hotels. And don't forget the great English pub for
inexpensive fare like sausage and mash or shepard's pie.
dining scene alone, boasts more than 6,000 restaurants
representing the cuisines of more than 60 countries, and
is still booming. London has more Michelin-starred
restaurants than any city but Paris.
you are looking for somewhere to picnic, London's parks
are ideal-they are also great places to see miltary
displays, listen to concerts, play sport to simply watch
the world go by! You will find them all over London and
entry is fee. Excellent sandwich bars, such as Pret a
Manger, abound and shops such as Boots and Marks &
Spencer sell delicious sandwiches at reasonable prices.
Perfect for that al fresco meal with no tipping required!
popular British institution is afternoon
tea, a delicious tradition in
tea shops and grand hotels, often including tempting
regional specialties such as Welsh Barra Brith, Bakewell
Pudding and Scottish shortbread, as well as scones with
from all over the world are represented (there are in fact
more Indian restaurants in Britain than fish and chip
shops!), so you're sure to find something to please.
Nostalgic yearnings for British food have also produced a
revival of hearty traditional dishes, though modern
British cooking adopts a lighter, more innovative approach
with a smattering of Mediterranean flavors thrown in. All
restaurants are obliged by law to display prices outside
the door. Set menus are a good way of keeping costs down,
and there are a number of price-coded restaurant guides
available in bookshops to help you make your choice.
Some Like it Hot
you like spice in your food, you’ve come to the right
place. Indian and Chinese are the most popular ethnic
takeaways and restaurants in Britain. Expect to pay about
£6.00-£15.00 at a high street restaurant, less for a
takeaway meal. In the larger towns and cities there’ll
be Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Malaysian and more. In
London, visit Chinatown for some of the best Chinese food
you have eaten (head for Gerrard Street, just off
Shaftesbury Avenue W1).
and pasta chains are good hunting grounds, along with
Asian restaurants which specialize in meat-free southern
Indian cuisine (look for a Bel Phoori restaurant). In
Greek restaurants, choose a selection of mezze. In major
cities, look out for Cranks vegetarian restaurant or visit
Neal’s Yard near Covent Garden in London, which has a
vegetarian bar, bakery and a wholefood shop. Holland and
Barrett is a nationwide chain of health food shops.
more great ideas on eating out and the latest restaurant
news see Gourmet
In the Kitchen
our favorite British recipes, check out In
the Kitchen or take a break at one of
Britain's famous Cookery
The Best of Britain
from Britain and other British goods are now available
Foods, the UK's official shopping mall for regional
and specialty foods has more than 100 stores online.
online British Grocer's store has some of Britain's most
popular grub available.
must be at least 18 to purchase alcoholic drinks. In
England, Scotland and Wales, the weekday and Saturday
opening hours are 11:00am to 11:00pm (Northern Ireland
11:30am to 11:00pm). However, many pubs in quieter areas
close in the afternoon (3:00pm to 5:30pm). On Sundays,
pubs are open in England and Wales between 12:00pm and
10:30pm. In Northern Ireland from 12:30pm to 10:00pm and
in Scotland from 12:30pm to 2:30pm (sometimes later) and
6:30pm to 11:00pm. Children accompanied by an adult can
usually enter pub gardens, family rooms or dining areas,
and certain bar areas deemed suitable environments until
9:00pm. Check with the pub's landlord.
out an online Pub
British food is no longer just Bangers & Mash, Fish & Chips or
Bubble and Squeak (check out Talk
Like a Brit for more on this delicacy!), although these are all
still very popular. Britain now has some of the world's most highly
regarded chefs featuring cuisines from every nation.
the very best "true British" dishes are, of course, old
regional favorites based on fresh local produce and ingredients. Some of
these are now more famous than the places in which they were first
created, e.g., Yorkshire Pudding, Bath Buns, Dundee Cake and Bakewell
following is a sampling of some of our favorite and delicious "real
British" recipes–from some of our favorite British chefs and
have been converted to US measures and can easily be adapted to use
local US produce:
Hotel in Scotland, just as famous for its golf course as its
cooking, and a member of the Jewels
of Britain – a selection of the finest British accommodation and
restaurants – comes this local favorite: Oban
Scallops with Truffle, Ayrshire Bacon and Langoustine Broth
Irish Hot Toddy – from the Bushmills Irish Whisky Distillery
in Northern Ireland
In Honor of the
Queen Mother's 100th Birthday - August 4, 2000 - try our special Queen
oysters / Colchester oysters / Cromer crabs / Dover sole
Fished from the Kent coast, all these seafood dishes have been popular
since Roman times.
A soup made of boiled chicken and leeks, as its name suggests!
A sausage made from dried pig's blood. To sample authentic black
pudding, take a trip to Bury market.
Thin, unleavened cakes made of oats, a fitting accompaniment to many
A Northumbrian supper made from pan-fried layers of potatoes, onions and
A batter mixture that is cooked in smoking fat till it's light and
crispy. This is traditionally served with the famous British roast beef.
World famous pork pies that are baked by a handful of local firms,
following age-old recipes.
Herrings cooked whole in a pie, with their tails in the middle and heads
at the edge of the pastry.
A stew consisting of vegetables and lamb.
Made from minced offal of sheep boiled in an artificial bag with
oatmeal, this dish is a lot more enjoyable than it sounds!
Scotland is famous for its freshwater salmon, caught when the fish come
back up-river to spawn. The smoked salmon is superb.
The oldest of the English cheeses, with a slightly salty flavour thanks
to the saline Cheshire soils, this cheese comes in red, white and blue
Probably the most popular of the English cheeses, hailing from the south
A semi-hard, white cheese which is moist and crumbly.
Made in the area around Hawes in Yorkshire, Wensleydale and Blue
Wensleydale are traditionally eaten with apple pie and Christmas cake.
A firm cheese. Sage Derby is marbled, with green veins.
With white and blue varieties, stilton is mostly made in the East
Midlands. Village Stilton comes from Cambridgeshire.
A delightful name for a delightful pudding, made from pastry and cake
scraps soaked in syrup. Wet Nelly hails from Liverpool.
They have sweet teeth in the north! This pudding contains thick layers
of apricot jam and firm egg custard, all of which is topped with a
There's no British summer without this delicacy. While every supermarket
stocks them, for the real thing head out to the countryside where you
can buy freshly picked berries or even pick your own!
A sweet delicacy that takes its name from a town in Derbyshire.
Another Cornish delicacy, you won't find a thicker cream than this!
A spicy cake, made of oatmeal, ginger, syrup and treacle, parkin is
traditionally eaten on Bonfire Night (November 5th).
Originally made for tin miners to take to work as their packed lunch,
with meat at one end and something sweet at the other.
A rolled currant bun which, as its name tells you, hails originally from
Sally Lunn buns
Round, spiced buns with currants and icing.
Hailing from Eccles in Lancashire, this is a round pastry cake filled
Oatmeal or cereal boiled in water or milk, porridge is traditional
A fermented drink which is also used to make liqueurs, honey and
marmalade. You're welcome to visit Lindisfarne island and sample this
Stronger than British beer, cider is brewed from apples. Visit the
Bulmers cider factory in Hereford to see the brewing process. Cider is
also used in many recipes, such as Old English Cider Cake, Pears in
Cider, Bacon in Cider and Apple Cider Flan.
The most potent of ciders, scrumpy is brewed in the West Country, mainly
Devon, Somerset and Cornwall, and served on draught in the pubs. Be
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