By Paul Smith
A country of manors and roadside inns- the United Kingdom is possibly one of our favorite destinations if you are looking for tradition. On the other hand, aside from the wide range of local beers, it is not the place we would go looking for haute cuisine. However, restaurants in London have more traditional British dishes than you may ever have thought!
A new generation of young chefs is being inspired by high quality food and is taking advantage of Britain´s delicious produce. You cannot forget that, thanks to its weather conditions, these islands have ideal land for farming. This change in approach to British cuisine is expressed through flavorsome, fresh and traditional dishes.
The aim of this article is to pay homage to the British culinary revolution with 10 classic dishes that you too could try in one of the fashionable restaurants and gastro pubs in London.
1. Welsh rarebit
This tasty treat is a chic version of cheese on toast and is made using grated Cheddar or Stilton cheese and a mustard and beer sauce that is mixed together with an egg and placed on top of a slice of toast before being grilled in the oven.
2. Beef Wellington
This is a whole fillet of beef covered in pastry and is similar to the French beef en croute. However, to add a pinch of patriotism, the British have renamed it after The Duke of Wellington´s victory over Napoleon in Waterloo in 1815…
Where to try it : Rules- 35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden
3. Sunday roast with Yorkshire pudding
This is a traditional roast dinner with beef or lamb and a good Yorkshire pudding which should be light so you can mop up the juices of the meat.
Where to try it : Simpson’s in the Strand – 100 The Strand
4. Fish and chips
Served with a simple wedge of lemon, fish and chips are unbeatable when nice and crispy.
Where to try it : Brady´s – 513 Old York Road
5. Chiken Tikka Massala
This is the UK’s most popular dish and was, as legend says, created in an Indian restaurant in Glasgow. You are free to believe it or not!
Where to try it : In any curry house on Brick Lane – East London
A delicious anglo-indian dish that is made by cooking basmati rice with smoked haddock, curry spices and hard boiled eggs. It is the perfect dish for Sunday brunch in London.
Where to try it : Albion Café – 2 Boundary Street, Shoreditch
7. Haggis, neeps and tatties
The national dish of Scotland, this is made from offel that has been boiled with oats and bran for 3 hours in a casing of sheep’s stomach. Rest assured, it tastes better than it sounds! It comes served with potatoes and turnips.
Where to try it : The Canton Arms – 177 South Lambeth Road
8. Steak and kidney pie
The most flavorsome and popular pie in the United Kingdom- enjoy with a pint in a good pub.
Where to try it : The Windmill – 6-8 Mill Street, Mayfair
9. Stilton and walnut pie
With between 3 and 4 million Britons who do not eat meat, Britain offers great vegetarian cuisine. This blend of a nutty tart with the strong blue English cheese is simply divine!
Where to try it : Vanilla Black – 17-18 Tooks Court
10. Lancashire hotpot
This is one of the most famous meals from the north of England and is made up of a generous portion of lamb that is covered in round slices of potatoes then baked in a low oven for a whole day. To sample this dish- escape London and head up north!
Where to try it : The Three Fishes, Mitton, Lancashire
We hope that these 10 classic British dishes have got your mouth watering! The next time you are in a restaurant in London, you will certainly have some delicacies to try out!