What will we eat in England? — 21 Comments

  1. When I lived in the UK in the 80s, I can’t say I found the everyday food very inspiring. But London offered an amazing range of ethnic food. After all, at one time, the sun never set on the British Empire.

    I’m looking forward to your adventures.

  2. You can find individual pots of Spotted Dick in Global Foods in Kirkwood, and the Bird’s Custard to go with them (a red, yellow and blue packet mix that required boiling water, not just hot, but boiling)

    I do miss the Ploughman’s lunch, and the pub food. Jack Horner’s pub on Tottenham Court Road in London has great savoury pies, you should try it.

  3. I love your new obsession! I read Toth’s book awhile ago and enjoyed it. From what I hear English cuisine has improved dramatically in the last decade. When I lived there back in the late 70’s, we usually ate ethnic food in London, and saved the British fare for lunch and breakfast. But now with the foodie craze spreading everywhere, there are better chefs and new places serving great British food. And I thoroughly love the fun names for the English dishes regardless of how they taste.

  4. Oh my! I could write a book on eating in England!!
    REAL ham sandwiches, ploughman’s, full English breakfast with REAL bacon and black pudding, gammon steak, fish and chips, Indian food in Brick Lane and so on and so on!!

    P.S. crisps!! and Cadbury chocolate bars!!

  5. My Dad is from Scotland so we grew up with a lot of English fare in many of our meals – especially on holidays. We always had traditional English Trifle and English Breakfast on Christmas. I do like a lot of English food and Cadbury’s is my favorite chocolate!

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  7. My husband is British and we eat a lot of British food. We had a cooked breakfast for brunch today–he made it for us, with sausages, bacon, fried eggs, and mushrooms. I have made toad in the hole a few times; it is spectacularly easy.

    I don’t have a pudding basin, so spotted dick has not made an appearance in my kitchen just yet! I do love a ploughman’s lunch, and any dessert with cream is fine by me.

    When I became a British citizen I hosted a British party, at which I served scones with clotted cream and jam, and other delights. I look forward to hearing more about your British food experiences.

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  9. When I first moved here I expected all English food to be quite bland but, I think because of The Boy who’s English and the fact that I lived in London, I got to taste lots of delicious, and funny sounding, foods that helped change my mind.
    We now have bangers and mash a lot in the winter (with thick onion gravy of course), I make bubble and squeak to use up leftover veggies, and treacle tart with cream is my favourite dessert.
    Looking forward to hearing about your experience!

  10. The food of travel is certainly one of the best parts. We went to London last year and while we generally had a simple time of it food wise (perhaps as a break from the nonstop extravagance that was Paris) I did try some English specialities. We did have treacle pudding which was good. I was very keen to try some Wensleydale (too much Wallace and Grommit) but never found any. I look forward to seeing what you find.

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