When you are looking around the UK for different kinds of food and drink, there are always going to be plenty to choose from. As it happens, there are some in particular that you might regard as essential British things, and these are the kinds of things that are most likely to draw people in from overseas. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the best food and drink that the UK is known for. If there is any of this that you still have not tried, you might want to think about doing so as soon as possible, to really get a taste for the country.
One of the things that people tend to want to try when they visit from abroad is a full English breakfast. This is one of those home cuisine items which are known all over the world, and it’s something that many people are still very much keen on in their daily lives. Whether you get it from a B&B or you just rustle one up at home for your family or guests, this is a typical English meal that is unlikely to disappear any time soon.
There are many alcoholic drinks in the UK that are exported widely, but none which travel quite as far as Scottish whisky. If you ask people from all over the world what Scotland is best known for, chances are they are going to say whisky before much else. One of the things that a lot of people fail to realise is that there are actually many kinds of whisky out there, and so many different distillery that produce them. Whether you go for a trusted name like Tullibardine or try your hand at a lesser-known distillery, you can be sure that you are going to get delicious whisky every time.
Fish And Chips
Although there are a lot of places worldwide that have their own version of fish and chips (Australia does it particularly well, for instance), Britain is where this dish originates, and for most people it is still a quintessential British dish. The beauty of fish and chips is that you can either have it in a posh restaurant, or just in the traditional way, cheap and cheerful and laid out on yesterday’s paper. However you have it, it’s a culinary delight in its own respect.
As with the fish and chips, there are some other places that have an alternative to Marmite – again, most notably Australia, with their well-loved Vegemite. But Marmite is the original and, to many paletes, still the best. Although there is a lot of consternation over the supposed love-it-or-hate-it taste of Marmite, the fact is that it is one of those products that reliably flit off the shelves time and time again, and it’s definitely something that the British people love dearly on the whole – even if not everyone asks for it on their morning toast.
Another classic is the roast dinner. This can come in many forms, with the main point of variance being which meat is being used. These days, you might even find that someone makes a nut roast or a mushroom wellington, as a way to avoid the meat. But meat or no meat, the roast dinner stands strong as a British favourite, and as one of those things that other nations consider to be particularly British. It’s best had with all the trimmings, of course, and a homemade gravy to boot. Alternatively, go to a pub and get it made for you.
Bangers And Mash
For a hearty, Autumnal meal, you can’t say much fairer than the classic bangers and mash. With the best possible sourced sausages and some creamy mash with a little mustard and butter in it, you are going to find yourself in cuisine heaven in no time with this dish. Again, it is one that works very well as both a pub meal and a hearty home-cooked meal, and many people find that it is a go-to for when you want something comforting. In any case, it’s a classic, and one of the foods that the British do best.
Those are some of the best-loved foods and drinks in the UK. Which of these are your favourite? Are there any that are obviously missing from the list that you would like to see included? And is Marmite really so delicious after all? Whatever your opinion, you have to agree that these are classic.