Although Brits get a bad reputation for their supposedly bland taste in food (there’s nothing wrong with beans on toast thank you very much), if you visit many of its thriving multicultural cities, you will actually find that this tiny island boasts a very sophisticated and varied palette.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of the UK’s most notable cities and their eclectic choices in food.
Our journey starts in the midlands and England’s ‘second city’ Birmingham, a city that has often been described as more ethnically diverse than London.
However, one of the most popular dishes in Birmingham is a UK tradition of Fish and Chips. Despite being 105 miles from the nearest beach (Weston-Super-Mare), Birmingham boasts a number of renowned fish and chip shops making it a must of anyone a fan of the traditional British classic.
Perhaps slightly less known are the crumpet-like Pikelets which share a similar texture and look to a standard crumpet but are made thinner and with no yeast.
Fish and chips once again make the list in the capital, but it is actually the popularity of Roast Duck that caught our attention.
Typically, a Chinese dish, a Roasted duck can be done many ways and the Four Seasons in Chinatown is recommended as the very best in London. It was also established in 1798 making it the oldest restaurant in the capital.
We had to include at least one sweet dish in this list as we definitely have something of a sweet tooth which makes Manchester the perfect stop for us on the way to Scotland.
The aptly names Manchester Tart caught our eye as the shortcrust pasty shell with raspberry jam, covered with custard and spread with coconut flakes was too intriguing to ignore.
Admittedly, it is not so popular these days as it was in the 1940’s and 50’s in the school yard, but it can still be found around Manchester and is well worth tucking into if you are lucky enough to come across it.
It would be easy to go with Haggis for anything North of the border but that would be lazy. Instead we came across Cullen Skink, a hearty bowl of soup containing smoked haddock, onions, and potatoes.
After a day spent around Edinburgh castle, what is more deserved than a filling hearty broth and Cullen Skink is as popular as it is tasty.
Any trip to Northern Ireland wouldn’t be complete without tucking into a hearty Ulster Fry. A common name in Belfast and Northern Ireland, the Ulster Fry is similar to the English cooked breakfast to the untrained eye but there is much more to it than that comparison.
That is because the bread makes all the difference. A griddle of soda and potato bread fried until golden brown makes all the difference and unlike a full English breakfast, an Ulster Fry was not traditionally associated with breakfast.
So, if you find yourself in Northern Ireland, you simply cannot leave until you have sampled an Ulster Fry,