From good old classics like Fish ‘N Chips to more adventurous eats such as Jellied Eels, we’ve got the food portion of your UK trip covered. Here’s a guide on what to eat in England!
England is renowned for many wonderful things – The Beetles, Harry Potter, Big Ben, and even the famous goofy comedian we all love, Mr. Bean! And of course, not forgetting the beloved Queen and the Royal Family. Fun fact: I bet you didn’t know that England was also the birthplace of the first Formula 1 Grand Prix race. Although many racing enthusiasts have been racing back in the early days, F1 wasn’t established until May 13, 1950, when the first official F1 race took place in Silverstone, England. Many first-time official drivers took part in the championships then, expanding it to what it is today and the rest is history!
Indeed, England is simply a must-visit. Experience its rich history and have a taste of the UK’s finest food. We have traditional and quirky munchies for you to have a go at. So if you’re hunting down what to binge during your trip to England, why not dive right into our UK Food Guide?
1. Full English Breakfast
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A classic way to begin your trip is with a big plate of Full English Breakfast! Colloquially known as a fry-up because of the cooking method used, this tasty meal dates back to the 13th century in the UK and Ireland. It was actually considered a luxurious breakfast only society’s richest could afford. But today, you can find many affordable quality English breakfasts across the UK! It is filled with fried/scrambled/poached eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans, as well as crispy fried/grilled bacon slices and juicy sausages that might keep you going right till dinner time! A filling and satisfying dish fit for a king.
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2. Traditional Shepard’s Pie
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A pie that’s not really a pie? Well, that’s Shepard’s Pie for you! One of the UK’s favourite dishes that doesn’t meet the criteria of being a pie at all, this hearty meal contains minced or diced meat at the bottom layer. It’s then cooked with onions and other vegetables in rich thick gravy and topped with a thick layer of baked mashed potatoes. Get a slice of this humble pie!
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3. Zebra ‘Jerky’ Meat
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I spy with my little eye something that has black and white stripes. Yes, this is not a drill — Zebras! If you’re looking for something exotic and adventurous, head to Archipelago in the UK and expand your palate with Zebra meat! Encompassing a unique flavour and texture, Zebra meat is lean, subtly sweet, and gamey. Accompany your Zebra jerky with some carrot and ginger sauces to give this crispy meat some zing. Nothing screams adventurous foodie better than this.
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4. Fish ‘N Chips
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Considered the UK’s national dish, this popular comfort dish is great to have on a cold day. Typically coated in batter and deep fried to crispy perfection, this iconic meal comes with side dishes like pickled eggs, onions, and mushy peas. Find this golden brown plate of goodness anywhere from your nearest street stalls to your classy upscale restaurants. For a truly authentic experience, get it at The Mayfair Chippy where it’s prepped with fresh ingredients and served in wrapping paper like a newspaper!
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5. Kangaroo Skewers
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From the same restaurant (Archipelago), another unique dish in the UK is its Kangaroo Skewers. You may be wondering what it tastes and looks like, but it’s really just like any other satay! Tender and juicy, this meat skewer comes with fresh beetroot salad, a tangy lime gel, and mint and yogurt sauce to give your ‘roo a little zest! A quirky dish for quirky taste buds looking to venture into the unknown.
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6. Lancashire Hot Pot
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A stew that dates back to the 19th Century, this Hot Pot originated in Lancashire, northwest of England. A simple meal left to cook slowly all day, this stew was popularly known among hungry cotton workers who consumed this dish as their evening meal after a long day of hard work. Covered with layers of sliced potatoes, the Lancashire Hot Pot consists of meat, typically mutton or lamb, and vegetables all laid inside a steep-sided dish to give off the most heavenly rich flavour that will invigorate the senses. This is the heart-warming, nourishing dish you’ve been searching for. You can get it across the UK — with it being most common in Lancashire pubs.
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7. Jellied Eels
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A rather uncommon delicacy you’d rarely hear of, Jellied Eels was actually once popular in the East End of London during the 18th century. It was relatively reduced to allow the repopulation of European Eels. However, now it’s usually served with meat pies at a few pie shops such as M. Manze — the oldest pie shop in London dating back to 1902! As for their taste, Jellied Eels are naturally soft and slimy in texture and mild and slightly salty in taste. Although not considered ‘fishy’, these Jellied Eels are usually accompanied by condiments such as vinegar and white pepper to give it a little kick! It’s definitely something to try at least once!
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8. Bangers And Mash
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Here’s another staple in the UK — Bangers and Mash. A hearty meal that comes with rich onion gravy and vegetables on the side. The term ‘banger’ was supposedly coined during WW1 as cheap ingredients were used to fill sausages which caused them to explode on a pan. You can find some gourmet versions of it that come with specialty sausages. The ‘mash’ portion of its name simply refers to mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes and juicy sausages — what can go wrong with this classic combination? Get this traditional dish in all parts of the UK at your nearest restaurants and pubs in England!
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Although a more popular dish in Lancashire, Tripe is considered food from the past. Although locals still eat it, it’s not commonly found in restaurants and is found more commonly in markets such as the Blackburn Market at The Tripe Stall. Tripe is an edible muscle lining from the stomach of farm animals such as cows, pigs, and sheep. Although daunting to some, it is actually one of the healthiest protein alternatives due to its lower calorie count as compared to beef and pork. An acquired taste with a chewy texture and a rather bland flavor, it’s often coupled with salt, pepper, vinegar, and even onions for a more flavourful taste. Want to experience the Tripe of your life? Give this dish a try!
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10. Sunday Roast
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The Sunday Roast has been around the UK for a long time and is sometimes referred to as the ‘Sunday Joint’. It contains roasted potatoes, stuffing, and vegetables like brussels sprouts and Yorkshire Pudding. Drenched in rich gravy produced from the juices of flavorful roasted meat, it is often accompanied by sauces such as mustard, mint sauce, apple sauce, and cranberry jelly. Enjoy a classic traditional roast dinner in England on Sundays to enhance your UK experience!
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