Why do British people eat flatbread
7 Must-Eats in the UK
Ok, ok - I know we English don't have the best reputation - especially when it comes to the weather and local cuisine. Nevertheless, as a true Englishwoman, I can guarantee you that we British can also serve some super tasty dishes - and these are not even expensive! If you are in London, you will quickly find that you can easily go on a culinary trip around the world by simply walking down the street. However, should you leave the big, multicultural city, the menu changes a bit - which is not bad at all. Eat your way through traditional, must-try dishes and become an expert on classic British cuisine in no time. And now someone please pass me a scone. #delicious
1. FISH AND CHIPS
This dish is a staple in the UK summer. (All three whole days of it.) Whether you are fond of our aquatic friends or turn your nose up at fish, we English cook it in a way that makes your mouth water: you just fry the catch of the Day in a thin beer batter and serve with a mountain of thick-cut fries. It's up to you to cover it all up with salt and vinegar or to drown it in ketchup and sit on the nearest beach with it. By the way: Most Brits enjoy a serving of mashed pies (mushy peas) with them!
Try it in: Bournemouth or Brighton - the two original British coastal towns.
2. CREAM TEA
When visiting the south of England, also known as the sunniest region in the country, it is your duty to try a cream tea. For this world-famous delicacy, a steaming cup of tea is decorated with two large scones, which both come with jam and a thick layer of clotted cream. Make sure your phone is ready: these gorgeous creations are just as pretty as they are tasty, and your Instagram alarm bells will ring. #EFMoment. If your hunger is a bit bigger, opt for a classic afternoon tea. This consists of sandwiches (these are often topped with cucumber, egg salad and salmon), traditional scones and a small selection of tartlets.
Try it in: Torquay, Devon - the home of afternoon tea.
Falafel may not be quintessentially British, but we've warmly welcomed them into our thriving food culture, as if they'd been part of the family for a long time. Eat them on a salad, in a wrap or while still hot in a piece of flatbread; these balls made from a mildly spiced chickpea pulp from the Middle East are simply delicious (and somehow healthy)! Top the little lucky balls with hummus and get ready to be greeted with jealous hungry looks.
Try it in: Bristol, fresh from a buzzing street food stand.
4. CORNISH PASTY
A hearty Cornish Pasty always satisfies a hungry stomach. Meat, potatoes, onions and beets are covered in a thick layer of shortcrust pastry and then baked in the oven until golden brown. For more variety, try lamb, seasoning, and even vegetarian options. With this dish you can also really grab your hand: No cutlery is necessary, as the pate contains the hot inside. Just go to the nearest bakery, pop in, and thank me later. Mmm.
Try it in: Cornwall (of course), after a day of surfing at Polzeath Beach.
5. APPLE CRUMBLE
Some will find me biased as I could eat crumble any day (even for breakfast), but the humble Apple Crumble is THE only greatest gift Britain has given the world's taste buds. Sweet apples are baked in a crumb layer of flour, sugar and butter to become a dish of different consistency and the choice of dessert par excellence. If they are served with ice cream, ask (or ask politely) if you could have them with hot vanilla sauce instead, as it should be.
Try it in: Every country pub in England.
6. CHIPS AND GRAVY
If you're traveling to the northern half of the country, you can swap the fish and chips for a slightly different combination - chips and gravy. Yes, in fact, the meat juices you usually find in a roast are pretty tasty with fries. Practically everyone in the north loves this food, so you have to try it - especially when the sauce drips from a freshly baked steak pie….
Try it in: Manchester or York.
On a food tour of the UK only those really The brave ones eat their way further north. Scotland is a truly beautiful country, but the national dish is certainly not for the squeamish: Haggis is a traditional sausage made from the stomach, liver, lungs and heart of a sheep. This interesting custard-like combination is then seasoned, mixed with onions and oatmeal and sealed in the sheep's stomach (or an artificial container). The whole thing has a nutty taste to it and (believe it or not) is supposedly pretty tasty. The recipe is ancient - you'd think they'd come up with something nicer-sounding - and it's still popular, especially when served with mashed potatoes and beets.
Try it in: Edinburgh (especially when Scots celebrate Burns Night in January.)
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