England - Food and Drink
When thinking about England,, traditional comfort food comes to mind, rather than world-class cuisine. The world views the British as a meat and potatoes culture, which they were for a long time, however, the food culture in England is changing and it is a very exciting time. Michelin star restaurants are popping up throughout the nation and TV chefs are entertaining international audiences. There is a new emphasis on local and fresh foods, and in Britain’s larger cities, every type of ethnic food is available. As one kingdom made up of four distinct countries, it is not surprising that each country has their own specialities that should not be missed.
Popular dishes in England include:
Ploughman’s Lunch: This is a dish found in many pubs across England. It is made up of cheese, gherkins, and pickled onions served with delicious fresh bread.
Sunday Roast: This is a staple in many English (and British) homes. It is usually roast beef served with roast potatoes, various vegetables and Yorkshire pudding.
Toad-in-the-hole: This meal consists of sausage that has been cooked in Yorkshire pudding batter. It is then served with gravy.
Drinks: Bitters and lagers are the most popular beers in England, and cider is a favourite amongst many people. Gin is often the choice of spirit, and Pimms, a gin-based drink made with lemonade, fruit, cucumber and mint is often prepared in the summer. Tea is considered the nation’s drink, However, it is popular throughout the UK.
Things to know:
A service charge of between 10-15% may be added to bills in restaurants. If this is the case, a further tip is not necessary. However, if no service charge has been added, then a tip for good service is appreciated.
People aged 16 and 17 can drink beer, wine or cider with a meal if an adult accompanies them. They cannot buy alcohol until they are 18.
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