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Restaurants in England

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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Top 10 Modestly priced English Restaurants England

  • The Artichoke, Chester. A converted warehouse on the side of the Shropshire Union Canal in historic Chester.
  • Puddin’ & Pie, York. Mainly serving pies with a rich onion gravy and creamy mashed potatoes, there’s a good meat-free selection available too.
  • Lunya, Liverpool. A Spanish deli-restaurant serving knock-out tapas.
  • St Giles Café, Oxford. Specialties like fish cured on the premises and home baked bread make this the place for delicious and affordable food.
  • The Quay Ingredient, Newcastle. You’ll find lots of regional specialties in this swish though informal café.
  • Café Opus at the IKON. Specializes in all day breakfasts and as well as delicious dishes like fish cakes and beer braised beef using the best British ingredients.
  • The Old Boat House. On the harbor side in the upgraded dock area of Amble, specializing in local seafood.
  • Malletti Soho, London. For some of London’s best pizza this is the place to go. (There’s also a branch in Clerkenwell.)
  • The Harp in Covent Garden, London. This is more of a pub specializing in real ales than a restaurant but serves some amazing sausages.
  • Bistro Union, London. This Clapham restaurant produces hearty British cuisine with American and French influences.

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Some traditional English dishes England

  • Fish and Chips. Usually served in paper as a ‘take-away’ meal, it’s eaten with salt and vinegar plus sometimes peas. When freshly and correctly prepared, it’s delicious.
  • Steak and Kidney Pie. Short-crust pasty on top of a stewed steak and kidney mixture. It’s sometimes cooked in dark beer and sometimes oysters replace the kidney.
  • Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding. A great Sunday lunch treat with roast potatoes, horseradish sauce and vegetables. The ‘pudding’ here is a savory egg-based baked batter.
  • Pork Pie / Sausage Roll. Two traditional ‘snack’ or ‘light tea’ ways of serving cooked pork in pasty.
  • Cream Tea. Freshly brewed pots of tea with scones, butter, cream and jam.
  • Roly-Poly Pudding / Spotted Dick. Great traditional and heavy English desserts – often served with custard.