From the coziest pubs to the buzziest bistros, visitors to the United Kingdom can get a crash course on the history and general vibe of a place by what locals eat.
Give the major chains a wide berth and seek out independent venues that specialize in locally sourced ingredients served and atmosphere. Here are our favorite food experiences in the UK.
Fish & chips
No trip to the UK is complete without a stop to a long-standing favourite – the chip shop. Every local has their favorite spots.
You may never get the smell of grease out of your clothes, but these hole-in-the-wall establishments are always worth a try (particularly the towns with salt in the air).
Full English breakfast
Many people in England make do with toast or a bowl of cereal before dashing to work, but visitors staying in hotels and B&Bs will undoubtedly come face-to-face with the “Full English Breakfast”.
The dense dish typically consists of fried bacon, sausages, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans and fried bread.
The classic roast beef dinner (always “roast”, never “roasted”) accompanied by Yorkshire pudding, gravy and vegetables is a quintessential experience.
Enjoy the iconic meal at any pub throughout the country.