It’s a fact that England has always been known for very substantial and hearty food rather than fine dining! Traditionally, the English looked-down upon continental dining habits as being fussy, pretentious and a little ‘suspicious’, though the social elite always enjoyed the very best French cuisine. Traditional English food prior to the mid-20th century consisted of roast meats, sausages, delicious pies, roast vegetables, beer and the ubiquitous ‘fish and chips’. In the latter part of the 20th century, English cuisine almost became extinct due to the influences on the public of fast convenience foods and the imported cuisines of India and China. Fortunately, over the past 20 years that process has been balanced and while England still offers fabulous Far Eastern dining due to its British colonial past, traditional English cuisines are making a re-appearance. Withlocals tours will help you to find that modern take on traditional English cuisine. At one time, beer was the drink of virtually all English men other than the rich and many English women would have been teetotal (in public at least) or they might have taken a glass of sweet white wine with food. That has now all changed. Beer drinking has been in heavy decline over recent decades and wine is drunk by all, both with meals and socially. There is no real English tradition of street dining (largely due to the weather perhaps!) and aperitifs are usually a drink before a meal rather than a separate small social event as is the case in continental Europe.
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