What is the one thing common among the Sunday roast, steak and kidney pie, shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash? All are a part of the delightful British cuisine, including some traditional dishes such as Yorkshire pudding, roast beef, Cornish pasties, steak and kidney pie, treacle tart, bread and butter pudding, spotted dick and the super popular fish and chips. However, there has been a significant shift in eating habits in Britain, but they never fail to indulge in these delicacies, whenever they can, says an expert at The Westbourne Hyde Park, one of the contemporary boutique hotels situated in the heart of London near Hyde Park. And while in London, here are five types of food that you must try.
- English Breakfast
With the morning feast including eggs, bacon, sausages, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, tea, and toast with marmalade, the great British breakfast is famous (or notorious) throughout the world. The full English breakfast originated in the mid-19th century, when workers in rural England were trying to come up with a big meal to keep them satisfied throughout the day.
- Pies & Puddings
Unlike any other country, Britain is actually defined by its puddings, pies and baking, which were a related phenomenon in British culinary history. Puddings, made from butcher’s scraps tucked into a sheep’s stomach and pies, that covered a stew or other ingredients with a crust came into existence when Britishers were looking for an alternative to prepare dinners with less expensive meats. Other than the pie and puddings, you can also enjoy local delicacies like cakes, buns and pastries including Chelsea Buns, Bath Buns, Banbury Cakes and Eccles Cakes, occasionally served in 4 Star Accommodation near Hyde Park.
- Salted Beef Bagel
Invented by the Jewish community living in East London in the late 1800s, salted beef bagel is an alteration in the beef recipe, staple in the British cuisine, where the Jewish community altered the beef recipe and started serving it on fresh bagels.
Now it’s the turn of an elegant serving of tea with delicate pastries and light sandwiches. Afternoon tea reserved for holidays and other special occasions was more like a tradition in Britain. The drink was originally reserved for the upper class in the UK, but gradually evolved throughout the country in the 18th century on a daily basis.
Bitter, mild, brown ale and old ale, some of the many styles of the English beer and India Pale Ale, Stout and porter are London’s original brews. It is since the mid-20th century, the trend of larger style beer catch up. Beer culture in Britain is associated with the culture of cask ale and the pub itself. With more than 70% of all the drinks ordered in pubs, beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in the UK, where you can easily find a variety in the 4 star accommodation near Hyde Park.
When in London, don’t miss visiting Marylebone, Knightsbridge, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, High Street Kensington, Victoria and Albert Museum, Regent street, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Selfridges, London Business School, Portobello Road, Harrods and Imperial College.
And don’t worry about the accommodation because you’ll find affordable hotels near Victoria and Albert Museum, serving these amazing British culinary delights.