UK Holiday-Food and Drink

January 10, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Food and Drink

UK restaurants offer a wide diversity of cuisine from all over the world but why not try some local dishes during your villa holiday. Traditional British food usually involves good plain cooking with fresh local ingredients and is often found in pubs or in restaurants which offer lighter versions of old favourites. Roast beef served with Yorkshire pudding or local specialties such as Lincolnshire or Cumberland pork sausages can be found on most menus. In the North Black Pudding made with offal is popular and lamb and chicken dishes feature on many menus along with hearty meat pies and homemade soups. Meals are usually served with chips, mash, boiled or roast potatoes and a good selection of vegetables. Whitbyon the east coast is famous for its crabs and the southeast coast is renowned for its mussels, whelks, cockles and jellied eels. In Britain you are never far from a fish and chip shop selling battered cod or haddock with chips sprinkled with salt and vinegar. Traditional puddings include fruit crumbles, apple pie or sponge pudding usually served with custard. Afternoon tea is still popular and you will find a good selection of cakes, scones, jam and cream and sandwiches on a teashop menu. Cheese is a great regional specialty; look out for different varieties at delicatessens and farmers markets.

While enjoying your British holiday home rental holiday you’ll find a good selection of beers is served in many pubs; look out for local micro-breweries. Mild such as Banks’, Holdens and Highgate is most usualy in the Midlands. Pale ales are even more popular and Timothy Taylor, Adnams, Shepherd Neame and Marston’s have good examples.There are some excellent award winning white English wines too, such as those produced by Three Choirs in Gloucestershire and Wickham in Hampshire. Cider made from local apples is still a favourite particularly in the southwest of England like Thatcher’s in Somerset.

Scotland is famous for its numerous whisky distilleries and a few beers too, like Deuchars and Caledonian. Foodies In Scotland should look out for traditional foods such as haggis (spiced sheep’s guts and seasoning) usually served with tatties (potatoes) and neeps (mashed turnip). Game such as Venison and grouse dishes are popular as are stovies, a mix of potatoes, onion and beef cooked in dripping.While Cock-a-leekie soup is made from chicken, rice, leeks and prunes cooked in chicken stock, S.otch broth is made from mutton or beef stock, pearl barley, carrots and leeks Smoked fish dishes such as kippers, salmon and Arbroath smokies (smoked haddock) can often be found. Finally, look out for a delicious chowder like dish called Cullen skink made from smoked haddock, mashed potato and milk.

Traditional dishes in Wales include Welsh lamb hot pot and cawl (meat stew with potatoes and vegetables). Fish is popular and other dishes such as Welsh rarebit (melted cheese on toast) and laver bread made from oatmeal and seaweed. There are plenty of local cheeses to sample such as Caerphilly and Pencarreg. Try Bara brith, a type of tea loaf and Welsh cakes, flat scones cooked on a griddle. Look out for eating establishments belonging to the Taste of Wales (Blas y Cymru) usually a sign of good food and finally some beers to try, Brains or Felinfoel.

In Northern Ireland finish the evening with an Old Bushmills whiskey and Guinness, Irish stew and drisheen (Black pudding). Look out for soda bread, Barm brak (tea loaf) and potato bread. Try local cheeses and oysters.

If visiting the Channel Islands and self catering in Guernsey or Jersey,Look out for delicious home grown produce known as hedge veg sold by the roadside throughout the islands. Of course you will find plenty of fresh fish, local dairy products and fresh seasonal produce on the menu. Enjoy

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