TRAVEL GUIDE TO UK FOOD TRAVEL GUIDE TO UK FOOD UK SHARE Ricky Carbis , April 26, 2012 / 3 Ooh what to write when it comes to food in the UK! Succulent Sunday roasts with puffy Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy, fluffy butter laden mash and sausages, shepherds pie, soda bread, haggis, colcannon, Irish stew and full English breakfasts with black pudding… the list of comfort classics goes on and on and derivatives of such are now found the world over. Let us not forget the cakes and puddings; cream scones, toasted teacakes, sticky toffee puddings, bakewell tarts and spotted dicks – it’s certainly not the LA diet, in-fact it’s hard to follow any kind of diet regime with such mouth-watering carb-laden and sugar-loaded British classics on offer! So let’s get down to basics. On the grand scale of global cuisine most foodies don’t tend to rate British grub. Although the UK has brought us some of the world’s most notorious TV chefs – Jamie Oliver, James Martin and Gordon Ramsey to name but a few, foodies still prefer to fill their Travel Guides with articles on all foods that are French or Italian. But the food of the English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh does deserve a mention as after all, where would we be without cheddar topped burgers or lazy afternoon tea and cakes?! There’s plenty of opportunity to eat local dishes when visiting the UK, in-fact you will find it hard not to eat something British on any trip to a local restaurant. Better restaurants have twisted and re-invented good old UK classics and fused them with international flavours all served up in small portions on fancy platters with a modern garnish and a healthy price tag. For a true British experience head out for a spot of lunch or dinner in a local pub. Order a pint of real ale or a gin and tonic, stare at the scribbled specials board or look at the menu and alongside the fancier curry and steak dishes that now seem so popular, you will no-doubt find many of the UKs staple classics. Pub-grub is favoured by Brits and battered fish and chips with mushy peas, gammon and egg or pie and chips the much loved food of our childhood. The Brits like good portions and tend to rate pub food not only by taste and price, but also by plate size – the more bulging the better so you will not go hungry and your waistband will expand! British Roast Dinner So where to go for a taste of the UK? There are countless restaurants serving good British food so it’s perhaps best to Google some restaurant reviews and speak to a local if you haven’t spotted somewhere you fancy trying. If you are staying self-catering then there are even ready-made meals available to buy in the local supermarkets like Asda, Tescos and M&S. There are options suiting every budget and taste – did you know that even the Balti curry was invented in England? Who would have thought! Our advice is to simply get out and start eating. British food will surprise you and has far more variety and depth that you may imagine.