10 Traditional British dishes and where to taste them in London

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.

Where to try it : The Wolseley – 160 Piccadilly

Buck Rarebit (Welsh Rarebit with Spinach and a Poached Egg) 2 500

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

wellington beef

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

sunday roast and Yorkshire pudding

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

Fish and chips

5. Chiken Tikka Massala

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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

 

6. Kedgeree

Kedgeree

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

Haggis, neeps and tatties

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

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9. Stilton and walnut pie

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

Lancashire Hotspot

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!

 

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Brighton

Brighton Attractions….

Brighton, the largest and best-known seaside resort on the English Channel, stretches some five miles along the pebbled and sometimes-steep chalk shoreline of the South Downs. Once a fishing village with narrow winding lanes, the 18th century saw Brighton blossom into an elegant vacation spot where England’s elite relaxed under the restorative influence of sea air while strolling along the boulevards and piers, or relaxing in fashionable spas and hotels. Reminders of this period still abound: charming Regency terraces, the delightful Palace Pier and the Royal Pavilion, the exotic summer home of one of the country’s most flamboyant and eccentric kings.

Today, Brighton’s famous pebble beaches are lined with countless souvenir shops and amusement arcades. But it remains a culturally vibrant destination with a full calendar of cultural events including horse races in the summer, and the famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in November. It also boasts a rich literary history, and over the centuries has played host to distinguished writers including Samuel Johnson, Jane Austin and William Thackeray.

1 Royal Pavilion

Royal Pavilion
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The Royal Pavilion is difficult to miss. Located in the center of Brighton just steps from the sea, the pavilion’s extraordinary peaks and spires look as if they’d be more at home in India. That was certainly the intention of architect John Nash, who designed the summer palace for the Prince ofWales (later George IV) in the Indian Mogul style.

Tours include the Banqueting Room with its lovely oriental décor, the Royal Bedrooms and the tent-like Music Room. Over in the former Royal Stables and Riding School is the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. Visitors can admire an impressive collection of Art Deco pieces, a costume gallery with fashions from the 18th century onwards and the excellent Willet Collection of porcelain and ceramics.

Location: Church Street, Brighton

2 Palace Pier

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With its decorative ironwork, the Palace Pier juts out to sea like the upper deck of a steamer on spindly iron legs. Built in 1891, the 1,700 ft-long Palace Pier is the last of Brighton’s three such structures to remain in use (one was destroyed by a storm, while another stands derelict near the town’s seafront). No trip to the English seaside is complete without a visit to a pier, with its amusement arcades, joke shops and fish-n-chip stands.

A fun diversion is Volk’s Electric Railway. Built in 1833 and the oldest operating electric railway in the world, this narrow gauge line runs along the seafront from the pier to Brighton Marina.

Location: Madeira Drive, Brighton

3 The Lanes

The Lanes
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The center of the old fishing village of Brighthelmstone, as Brighton was once called, stood on the site of the bustling narrow alleyways known as The Lanes. The charming little 17th century cottages with their colorful wooden “weather boarded” facades are now antique shops, boutiques, galleries and cafés.

To the east of The Lanes is the Old Steine, a former village green. It is now a well-tended square extending to Grand Parade, a magnificent boulevard lined with trees and planted with flowers.

Location: Meeting House Lane, Brighton

4 Regency Houses

Regency Houses
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Much pleasure can be had strolling through Brighton’s residential areas with their lovely Regency style terraces and squares. West of the town center, heading towards Hove, are street-after-street of old homes with their round bay windows and iron balconies. The best examplescan be found at Regency Square, Brunswick Terrace, Brunswick Square and the horseshoe shaped Adelaide Crescent. Sussex Square, Lewes Crescent and Arundel Terrace, all east of the town center, are equally worth seeing. Another fine local example of historic architecture,Preston Manor, is open to the public and perfectly captures life at the turn of the century.

Location: Preston Drove, Brighton

5 Brighton Festival

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The annual three week long Brighton Festival runs from early to late May, and attracts artists from around the world for performances ranging from orchestral and church concerts to jazz and comedy shows. Film screenings and recitals are also among the 400 events offered in this diversified festival.

Although the repertoire is varied, 19th century music predominates. Venues include the Royal Pavilion, the Theatre Royal and local churches.

Address: 21-22 Old Steine, Brighton

6 Brighton Toy and Model Museum

Brighton Toy and Model Museum
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Located under Brighton Station, the Brighton Toy and Model Museum is a treasure trove of over 10,000 toy exhibits. Model trains dating from the 1860s, period antique diversions as well as toys from the world’s leading manufacturers feature in the exhibits. Want to rediscover some childhood memories? Then be sure to check out the well-stocked museum shop.

Address: 52-55 Trafalgar Street, Brighton

7 Brighton Racecourse

Brighton Racecourse
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Set high on the Sussex Downs, the stunning views of Brighton and the English Channel from Brighton Racecourse provide a unique background to the races held here throughout the spring, summer and fall. Regarded as one of the most intimate racecourses in the country (horses cross the line no more than a few feet from the crowd) it’s a great day’s outing at one of the country’s oldest courses (1783).

Location: Freshfield Rd, Brighton

8 Brighton Wheel

Brighton Wheel
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One of the town’s newest attractions, the Brighton Wheel is located just minutes away from theRoyal Pavillion and other popular sightseeing attractions. Standing 150 ft in diameter, this large Ferris wheel offers panoramic views of the town’s seafront, architecture and landmarks. Each of the wheel’s 36 enclosed glass pods (including an exclusive VIP pod) can take up to eight passengers, and provide commentary about the town’s rich heritage.

Location: Madeira Dr, Brighton

9 Bluebell Railway

Bluebell Railway
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Located just a few miles from Brighton, the Bluebell Railway is a fascinating piece of Britain’s engineering heritage. Running some 11 miles along the border between East and West Sussex, this fully functional railway operates between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead. From there, you can catch a connecting train to London or Brighton.

Famous as the first preserved steam passenger railway in the world to operate a public service, the railway’s collection includes 30 vintage engines and almost 150 carriages and wagons, most of them pre-1939. Special themed train rides are offered, including fine dining, murder mystery nights and Thomas the Tank Engine for the kids.

Location: Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex

10 Veteran Car Run

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While not quite Wacky Races, the Royal Automobile Club’s annual Veteran Car Run is probably the largest collection of unusual looking vehicles you’re ever likely to meet. It is the world’s longest running motoring celebration, and has been held almost every November since 1927.

The event attracts entrants from around the globe, each eager to test their vintage vehicles on the historic 60-mile run from Hyde Park in London to Brighton’s seafront. An average of some 500 examples of pre-1905 cars attempt the trip, all of them a huge draw for the throngs of spectators and tourists who line the route to cheer these often slow moving machines onward to the finish line.

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Sights and attractions in Brighton

Children's Parade, Brighton

You’ll often find Brighton in festival gear, and we’re not just talking about the crusties.

Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe are the UK’s biggest arts festivals outside of Edinburgh, The Great Escape is Europe’s leading new music showcase, and twice a year Artists Open Houses sees local artists throw 200 of their homes and studios open to snoopers.

Turning every day of the year, Brighton Wheel is the city’s attempt to ‘do a London Eye’ (but with a rather incongruous commentary by Alan Partridge creator and Brighton resident Steve Coogan). 2016 will bring another divisive addition to the skyline in the form of the 162m, £46.2-million i360 observation tower.

For a more retro seafront experience, visit the Mechanical Memories Museum’s penny arcade, then take theVolks (the world’s oldest operating electric railway) out to Brighton Marina. This stretch of promenade, Madeira Drive, also throbs with vintage engines during the famous Brighton Speed Trials and Mods & Rockers-themed Brighton Burn-Up – visit www.brightonrun.co.uk for a calendar of all the races, serious and silly, that draw tourists to Madeira Drive.

Photo ops don’t come more essential than King George IV’s pleasure palace the Royal Pavilion. A sort of pocket Taj Mahal built for orgies rather than love, it’s the wonderfully preposterous glacé cherry on Brighton’s architectural cake. The looping gardens offer a rest-point for shoppers emerging between two confusingly named mazes of independent shops – the North Laine and more upmarket The Lanes, where you’ll also find the unique church-turned-art installation gallery Fabrica.

One more ‘oldest’ superlative: arthouse haven Duke Of York’s Picturehouse is the UK’s longest-running cinema. It also provides the best visual emblem for Brighton’s slight fantasy feel: out of its roof protrudes a 20-foot pair of can-can dancer’s legs.