Londra Turu Food & Drink
Traditional British cuisine lacks variety
when compared to the cuisines of many other nations, which perhaps partially accounts
for the rich variety of restaurants, offering menus from all corners of the world,
which are found in most towns and especially the larger cities.
Of these restaurants, the most commonly seen serve Indian, Italian, Chinese and
French food. So popular is Indian food in the UK that it has been suggested that
the Indian Curry is the new national dish.
Restaurants serving traditional British food can of course still be found, however,
you are as likely to find traditional meals, usually along with some international
favourites, on a pub menu.
The staples of traditional British food are roast meats, potatoes and boiled vegetables
and this is typified by the traditional Sunday Lunch. This meal consists of roasted
beef or chicken and is served with potatoes, either roasted with the meat in the
oven or boiled, along with a selection of boiled vegetables, usually including carrots.
A Yorkshire Pudding is also usually served as part of the meal. Yorkshire Pudding
is made from a batter of flour, eggs and milk and is cooked in the oven. It is eaten
as part of the main meal is not a dessert. The whole meal will usually be served
with a rich gravy.
Another traditional favourite is fish and chips. Often available on restaurant menus,
this food is more usually eaten as a take away meal from fish and chip shops which
are widespread. This meal consists of fish, usually cod or haddock, coated in batter
and deep fried. The meal is served with chips and peas are a traditional accompaniment.
Most fish and chop shops also sell a range of other foods, including burgers, kebabs
or chinese food.
The traditional English breakfast is often served in hotels and is also available
from cafes, often throughout the day - the so called all day breakfast. The meal
typically consists of fried or scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms,
occasionally baked beans and fried bread. This is quite a large meal and time consuming
to prepare so is rarely a day to day meal for the English at breakfast time. The
British usually make do with breakfast cereal, fruit juice or toast and coffee.
Be aware that both bacon and sausage will contain pork and may well be fried together
in the same pan as the non pork items.
Another traditional item, often seen on pub and restaurant menus, are savoury pies
and pasties. There are two main forms of pie. One form consists of a pastry container
which can hold a variety of meat or non-meat fillings. Popular fillings are meat,
meat and potato and cheese and onion. The famous Cornish Pasty has a distinctive
semi circular shape and contains a tasty meat - possibly pork - and vegetable mixture.
Pies and pasties are often eaten on their own as a snack or served with vegetables
and potatoes as a meal. The second form of pie does not have a pastry container
and is typified by the Shepherds pie and fish pie. These pies consist of a filling,
minced meat in the case of the Shepherds pie and a creamy fish mixture for a fish
pie, topped off with mashed potato.
There are a couple of traditional desserts worth looking out for. Fruit Crumble
consists of a sweet fruit base, usually apple, with a sweet crumbly pastry topping
and is usually served with custard. Bread and butter pudding consists of bread and
raisins soaked in a milk and egg mixture and baked in the oven, again usually served
The national drink of England is said to be tea and a wide variety of teas can often
be purchased in restaurants and cafes. Tea is usually drunk sweet and with milk
in the UK so be sure to ask for it without if this is your preference. Afternoon
Tea is served at some establishments between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. Afternoon Tea consists
of thin sandwiches, often with a cucumber or salmon filling, followed by a scone
topped with jam and cream served with tea. Coffee is also a popular drink. Coffee
shops can be found on most high streets and generally serve a rich variety of freshly
For alcoholic drinks you will need to visit a pub or bar. Pubs, often described
as the heart of British social life, are widespread throughout the UK and range
in style from the contemporary through to traditional. A large number of pubs serve
food, coffee and tea alongside alcoholic and soft drinks and the atmosphere is generally
informal. Most pubs serve a range of beers, including both light lagers and dark
bitters and stouts. Wine is also usually available along with a range of spirits.
Pub opening hours are restricted with most opening at lunch time and closing at
11:00pm, often later at weekends when they are at their busiest. A large number
of pubs have non smoking areas and many in rural areas offer outside seating.