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United Kingdom - Food and Drink

  • Proper English Breakfast
  • Victoria Sponge Cake
  • Pudding
  • Stew
  • Strawberries and Cream


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 Britain 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 England's larger cities, every type of ethic food is available.   

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 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, than a tip for good service is appreciated.


Drinking age:

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.


United Kingdom Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to United Kingdom.

Learn about the history and culture of United Kingdom, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about United Kingdom's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering United Kingdom for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our United Kingdom tours today!


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