7 classic British foods and where to eat them
There’s a lot of hate towards the British cuisine. It’s deep fried, loaded with carbs and leaves you with a bloated belly. Here at LuvHolidayHomes, however, we believe that the British way of eating is the very definition of comfort food. It’s warm, filling and perfect for when it pours. When done right, it’s worth taking a pilgrimage to the spot! That’s exactly what we’re going to do in this article. Here’s our list of seven classic British foods and where to eat them.
Fish and Chips
Fish and chips is a dish that’s the very definition of classic British foods. Delicate cod fillet, battered and fried to golden perfection, chunky and soft chips – these are the basics. Then come the accouterments – mushy peas, pickles, tartare sauce and salt, and vinegar for the chips. Simple, delicious and
Every local has their favourite chippy to go to for their fix of comfort, but for the purpose of this article, we only show you the best. Start with Fryer’s Delight in London, regularly appearing in the top fish and chips restaurants. Try Hodgson’s in Lancaster – North West’s best fish and chips. Don’t aim for the fancy and posh – fish and chips is the best served in an old newspaper or a styrofoam container!
A breakfast that keeps you full through lunch and dinner? Yes, please! Another of the most classic British foods, the traditional full English breakfast is a true morning feast. With baked beans, bacon, toast, black pudding, fried eggs, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, sausages and tea (try saying it on a single breath!) it’s a meal that will leave you deeply satisfied.
We don’t brunch on Sundays – we eat roast dinners!
The centerpiece of every roast is, of course, the meat. Either beef, pork, turkey or chicken, it’s always delicious and tender! Sides include roast potatoes or spuds, Yorkshire puddings, roast vegetables and, obviously, litres of gravy!
Some of the best Sunday roasts can be found in George and Dragon Pub in Hudswell. Apart from offering delicious and cheap food, they’re a community center with a library and a village shop. Another place is Darsham Nurseries in Darsham. What’s special about them is the fact that the food they serve comes from the vast gardens, which surround the restaurant.
Another undisputed classic British food is a very simple one. Shepherd’s Pie consists of lamb mince, vegetables (carrot and onion) and mashed potatoes. The meat sits on the bottom, the potatoes on top. When baked, it turns into a delicious mix of crispy layer of potatoes, cozy blanket of mash and aromatic meat.
You can try it at The Ivy in London. Although it’s a pretty forward-looking restaurant, they do this classic dish the way it should be done – filling and soul-warming.
When you read the description of Haggis, a dish associated with Scotland, it hardly sounds appealing. Sheep’s lungs, liver and lungs minced, mixed with oats, spices, fat and onion, and stuffed inside the animal’s stomach sack? Sounds gross, doesn’t it? Funny thing, it’s actually delicious!
One of the best haggis you can get is actually a mix of Scottish and Indian influences. You can have it at Mister Singh’s India in Glasgow. This unusual mix of cultures found plenty of enthusiasts among locals frequenting the restaurant and found its way to the permanent menu.
If you’re more into the traditional flavour of haggis, head to The Ubiquitous Chip in Glasgow, a restaurant that brought Scottish cuisine into the culinary talk.
Steak and Kidney Pie
Steak and kidney pie is the ultimate comfort food. First, a flaky, buttery crust, still steaming after its time in the oven. Then a rich, aromatic and meaty filling. It warms your soul and creates a cozy atmosphere.
Steak and kidney pie consists of exactly that – chunks of beef and kidney in a rich gravy, covered with pastry. Sounds simple and not-so-good, but just like all classic British foods, simplicity defines deliciousness.
Some of the best steak and kidney pies are made at Turner’s Pies in Chichester. They are an award-winning bakery that has been operating since 1933 and are all about preserving the tradition of eating pies.
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Already filled with all the entrees? There’s always space for a dessert, eh? Especially if we’re talking about the sticky toffee pudding! It’s a classic British sweet consisting of a moist sponge cake covered in toffee sauce, served warm, often with either custard or ice cream.
To try it, visit the Cumbrian Cottage in Carlisle. They specialise in the good, hearty and delicious cakes – sticky toffee pudding included!
Bonus: Deep-fried Mars bar
Thought we were done? No! For our last British food, we’ve picked a concoction that sounds both disgusting and delicious. The deep-fried Mars bar is a Scottish battered ‘delicacy’ that only the bravest will attempt to eat. It’s one of those things you need to try at least once in your life.
The best place to taste it is its birthplace – The Carron in Stonehaven, otherwise a very solid fish and chips place.
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