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People visit the UK for all sorts of reasons: castles and countryside, city lights, culture and much more. But despite the country’s many attractions, the British culinary scene hasn’t topped the tourist-draw charts for many years. Luckily, that’s all changing and the food scene is attracting people from all over the world. From the sumptuous seafood in Brighton to the sweet apples of the West Country and the sticky toffee pudding in the Cumbrian village of Cartmel, here are some of our favourite culinary delight destinations in the UK.
If there’s one dish synonymous with the Scottish capital, it’s got to be haggis. (It helps if you’re a carnivore, of course.) However, there are two other Scottish favourites that you simply have to try: Cullen skink and cranachan.
But where should you go for the best haggis hit in Edinburgh? Well, you could try restaurants such as Arcade Haggis & Whisky House, Roseleaf, Sir Walter Scott’s Tea Room (on the second floor of Romanes & Paterson), The Last Drop, and Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar – to name just a few.
The Albanach, meanwhile, is undoubtedly one of the top spots for world-class Cullen skink (a thick Scottish soup made of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions), and the Whiski Bar & Restaurant serves up decadent cranachan for those with a sweet tooth. Timberyard is another restaurant to be added to the list in Edinburgh. It specialises in fine dining produced from local produce and foraged ingredients. And finally, an exciting nose-to-tail eatery that’s opening in August in Edinburgh’s West End is The Palmerston, which is putting provenance and sustainability at the heart of its culinary message.
There truly is something for everyone in the Scottish capital and you’re bound to find a delicious morsel on almost every corner. It’s worth a visit just for the food
If there’s one thing that defines the culinary culture of the West Country, it’s got to be apples. Think apple cakes, rich pork with apple sauce, pumpkin and apple soups, and deliciously sharp ciders. It is a seriously versatile foodstuff, the apple!
What else is popular in the area? Cheese, of course (but you probably knew that). Cheddar originates from its namesake town in Somerset, which also lends its name to a stunning gorge nearby that’s well worth visiting. Wookey Hole has created a cave-aged farmhouse cheddar that’s matured underground in the Mendip Hills. Of course, there’s also the Dorset Blue Vinny cheese – a recipe that’s 300 years old. Take a tour around the Yeo Valley organic farm and you can even catch a cooking demo right on the estate.
When it comes to gastronomic delights out west, Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is also not to be sniffed at. Seek out places such as the Hive Beach Cafe (just off the B3157 at Burton Bradstock between Weymouth and Bridport). It sources the freshest spider crabs, which it serves in its famous crab sandwiches. There’s also the Seaside Boarding House, also in Burton Bradstock, which is renowned for its fresh seafood and fall-off-the-bone meat dishes.
You may have heard of Woodstock in Oxfordshire – perhaps because it’s so close to Blenheim Palace – but what you probably didn’t know is that it has a slew of delightfully quaint eateries just waiting to be discovered. If it’s traditional British and European fare that you’re after, then there’s nothing better than the offerings at the Black Prince. This pub serves the very finest, crispy fish ’n’ chips! If fine dining is more your thing, then make a beeline for The Feathers – a 17th-century townhouse. There’s also La Galleria for traditional Italian food: the intimate space makes it perfect for a date night.
Our suggestion? Stay over for a couple of days, visit the palace and try all the different restaurants!
The Lake District might be famous the world over for its incredible landscapes, but there’s more to this beautiful area than you might think. It’s actually home to a whopping seven Michelin-starred restaurants!
The Forest Side in Grasmere is one of these famous eateries. Presenting the wonderful local landscapes is the name of the game here, and the restaurant sources 60-70% of all produce locally, much of it coming from the chefs’ own gardens or foraged from the woods nearby.
The Punch Bowl, found on the south-eastern edge of the Lake District in Crosthwaite, Lyth Valley, is a little more relaxed. It has scooped multiple awards for its delectable classic British and French food, made with seasonal local ingredients. The inn is most famous for its Twice Baked Lancashire Cheese Soufflé, Creedy Carver Duck Breast and Lemon Tart with Damson Sorbet.
Of course, no foodie would ever visit the Lake District without a stop-off in Cartmel. Famous for its sticky toffee pudding, this place is a tiny but exquisite culinary gem. Try the Cartmel Village Shop for its award-winning sticky toffee delight. You’ll find it almost impossible not to take some back home with you if you let it pass your lips!
Alt: Professional chef prepares shrimps with greens.
Other than being a flamboyantly amazing seaside destination that champions LGBT+ rights, Brighton (a once sleepy seaside village) also boasts some of the best seafood in the country. The Salt Room has some of the best sea views around, and you can look forward to tasting everything from roasted sea scallops to barbecued monkfish tail. Meanwhile, Michael Bremner is the owner and chef at 64 Degrees, an award-winning restaurant (located in the town’s famous “Lanes”) that you simply have to try out. The veggie dishes are incredible, as are the rest of the fish and meat selections on the menu. If it’s something a little more spicy you’re after, then try Indian restaurant The Chilli Pickle on Jubilee Street, which serves up the finest-looking biryanis, thalis, and much more.
It’s almost beyond us to know where to start when it comes to the culinary adventures you could have in the capital. You’ll obviously have to try an English roast, and the spot for that is undoubtedly The Red Lion & Sun in Highgate, which has a fantastic beer garden. The Breakfast Club (there’s a choice of locations), The Regency Café in Westminster, and Polo Bar (on Bishopsgate, near Liverpool Street) are just some of the best spots to grab a full English breakfast. Flesh & Buns is the restaurant for you if you’re after something a little more Asian-inspired – both branches (there’s one in Covent Garden and one near Oxford Circus on Berners Street) have a plethora of Asian “tapas” on offer.
Of course, London is absolutely brimming with foodie spots to try out and there’s no way that we can even begin to list a small part of them here. Try a different place every time you visit the city and you’ll still only have tasted the tip of the iceberg.
These are just some of our favourite culinary destinations from around the country and oh, how we wish we could visit them all!
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/ 25 August 2021