Here in the UK, we have neither the most reliable weather in Europe nor the prestigious gastronomic reputation of our French, Italian or Spanish cousins, but we know without a doubt that cooking does not have to be complicated, expensive or served with avocado to be of superior quality. When you’re in London, you’ll quickly notice how easy it is to start a culinary journey around the world, just by walking the streets of the city. However, once in the huge multicultural capital, the menu will change a bit – and it’s not a bad thing at all. Throughout your journey, discover dishes to try absolutely and become an expert in traditional British cuisine in no time. Now, can you give me a scone, please? #Yum
1. THE FISH AND CHIPS
This dish is a staple of the British summer (every three days). Whether you are a lover of our aquatic friends or you grin at the sight of fish, we, the English, prepare this dish in a way that will make your mouth water. For this, we just need to fry the catch of the day in dough and accompany them with a huge pile of fries roughly cut. Then, it is up to you to cover them with salt and vinegar or to drown them under a layer of ketchup, then to find the nearest beach to taste them.
Try it at: Bournemouth or Brighton – the two British seaside towns par excellence.
2. CREAM TEA
If you visit the south of England, the sunniest region in the country, it is your duty to taste the cream tea. For this world-renowned rite, a steaming teapot of brown tea accompanies two huge scones , each lovingly topped with jam and heavy cream. Make sure you have your phone at your fingertips: these beautiful creations, which are as pretty as they are tasty, will bring your Instagram senses to a boil. #EFMoment
Try it out at: Torquay, Devon – the birthplace of afternoon tea.
3. THE FALAFELS
The falafels may not be traditionally British, but we have really welcomed them into our flourishing gastronomic culture as if they were ours. Taste them with a salad, stuffed in rolls or hot in flatbread. These slightly spicy chickpea mashed potatoes from the Middle East are delicious (and very healthy), no matter how you choose to eat them. Accompany these pellets of happiness with a layer of hummus and get ready to bring water to the mouth to everyone around you.
Try them out: Bristol, freshly purchased on a colorful stall of street food.
4. THE CORNISH PASTY
A hearty pasty Cornish never fails to satisfy a hungry stomach. Beef, potatoes, onion and rutabaga are wrapped in a thick casing of broken dough, before being cooked. For a variety of pleasures, try the lamb, spicy and even vegetarian versions. This meal also favors the practical aspect. Indeed, no need for cutlery, since the hot filling is contained in a dough envelope. Just enter a local bakery, you’ll thank me later. Mmm.
Try it out at: Cornwall (obviously), after a day of surfing at Polzeath Beach.
5. THE APPLE CRUMBLE
Some might find me biased, since I would eat crumbles every day (even at breakfast), but the humble apple crumble is the biggest gift the UK can offer to the taste buds of this world. Sweet apples, cooked with a friable layer of flour dough, sugar and butter, become a dish with contrasting textures – the dessert of kings. If it is served with ice cream, ask (or ask politely) that it be accompanied by hot custard instead, as it should traditionally be