Unlike the food cultures in Italy and France, British cuisine wasn’t considered anything exciting for a long time. However, thanks to chefs like Jamie Oliver and Gordan Ramsay, the popularity of curry and love for local ingredients, British cuisine has now taken a centre stage in the global food scene.
Let’s look at some of the trends causing the food variety to progress over the years.
English breakfast and afternoon tea are the two meals that truly represent British cuisine. English breakfast is popular all across the globe for included mushrooms, bacon, sausage, eggs and tomatoes.
The Victorian-style afternoon tea is quite a thing in the United Kingdom. It comprises sandwiches, buttered crumpets, cream, jam and tea.
The famous Pub Culture
Hanging out at a pub characterizes a typical pub culture. Getting together in your local pub, drinking and chatting with friends is indeed a British institution.
Pubs are drinking establishments and serve simple British cuisine. Come to a British pub and you’ll find fish’n’chips, steak and kidney pie, pork scratching, crisps, Ploughman’s Lunch and others.
There are pubs almost everywhere but some of the historic ones include Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in London Area which has hosted literary greats like Mark Twain and Charles Dickens; The Pandora in Cornwall; The Skirrid Mountain Inn in Wales, Ye Old Fighting Cocks in St. Albans, Herfordshire and also England’s supposedly oldest inn, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, in Nottingham.
Former foreign secretary Robin Cook has rightly referred chicken tikka masala as a true British national dish. Can you believe there were approximately 8000 curry houses in the UK in the year 2008? Curry is very much British and boasts a long history in the country. Interestingly, there were certain periods when the popularity of curry in the UK rose. Queen Victoria liked her food hot and had employed an Indian cook, making curry a very famous choice amongst the Brits. With the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the popularity subsided a bit. Post World War II, curry again became popular, mainly because of the influx of Bangladeshi immigrants who today own most of the curry houses in the UK.
Food Scene Today
British Food scene today is more exciting than ever before. London is the most popular center of food in the UK, but you can taste it throughout the UK. You can find casual restaurants, fine dining, fast food and chain restaurants, underground and pop up restaurants and also street food collectives.
If you love food and love to experiment, UK is quite a place. The country isn’t just about museums and galleries. It boasts of a food scene that is unrivalled and attracts people from all across the globe. Go ahead and treat your taste buds. Happy Eating!
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I am Krishna, I like to meet new people, explore new places and share my experiences. I am currently working as a blogger for thesqua.re – serviced apartments, a community for travelers specifically dealing in major cities such as London, Paris and New York.