English cuisine is notorious for how happily it’s welcomed other country’s food into our national diet. Italian and Chinese food especially has become part of the national character, and Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai restaurants are having their moment in the sun at the moment. But have you tried all the famous British cuisine?
Staying at Park Grand London Lancaster Gate is the perfect excuse to give all these favourites a try. Maybe don’t try them all in one day, because you won’t enjoy them as much if you’re full.
A good pork pie is made of a sturdy pastry which surrounds a rich filling of potted pork and pork jelly. The pastry seals the meat within so that none of the filling is already spilling out when you take your first bite. They’re a traditional dish eaten all over the UK, but one town in Leicestershire, Melton Mowbray, has had its own way of making them trademarked.
There are so many ways to eat a pork pie you’ll need to see what variation you want before you start taking your first bite! For example, some variations hide a hard-boiled egg in the centre, and some versions mix the traditional pork with chicken.
Fish and chips
Fish and chips is known as ‘the’ British dish, and the best way to eat it is with mushy peas and brown sauce. It can seem an odd way of eating fish if you’re not used to it, but once you’ve tried it with crispy batter and the right kind of vinegar, and been introduced to the wonders of a chip butty, you won’t go back.
Hobson’s Fish and Chips is near Park Grand London Lancaster Gate if you want to try the proper takeaway version.
Curry is a dish the British enthusiastically adopted. Now, just a quick journey from Park Grand London Lancaster Gate, you can find Brick Lane; one street full to bursting with some of London’s best curry houses. Choose a mild korma if you’re not good with spicy food, or go all out and try the hottest thing on the menu if you think you can handle it. No two curries taste exactly the same, but it’s one of Britain’s favourite foods because of this amazing amount of variation.
If you do decide to go for the hottest thing you can, remember that yoghurt is good at calming the tongue.
Named after one of Britain’s best-loved Queens, this traditional cake is apparently something Her Majesty enjoyed for afternoon tea. A quick Tube ride away from Park Grand London Lancaster Gate will bring you to Bea’s of Bloomsbury, one of the UK’s best cake shops—the original owner invented the doughnut/muffin hybrid called the duffin.
If you happen to be lucky enough to find this cake on a warm September day, eat it outside watching the world go by. There aren’t many places to hide with such a simple sponge which just has jam and cream in the middle, so when a cake is good, it’s excellent.