While the bigger towns and cities offer the visitor every type of world cuisine which they could possibly desire, some of the local delicacies should be tried too.
Roast beef with Yorkshire Pudding is the dish of the day as far as visitors to England are concerned. The traditional Sunday lunch is incomplete without it, and if you are a meat eater, your visit will be too. While the other countries in the UK have a variety of unique dishes, England would appear to be rather lacking. That is not to say the food there isn’t good, it is. London is home to some of the world’s top restaurants. What it is saying, is that they don’t have any of their own. Nowadays, fish and chips, kebabs and pizzas are the preferred choice among the younger generation.
In Scotland, you will learn of haggis - a delightful traditional dish made from sheep’s offal (known locally as pluck). The windpipe, lungs, heart and liver of the sheep are boiled and minced. This is then mixed with beef fat and oatmeal and placed inside the sheep’s stomach. Following this, the stomach is sewn up and traditionally is boiled for anything up to three hours. Today, however, to prevent the stomach from bursting and spoiling, part boiled haggis can be transferred to the oven. There is also a vegetarian version but somehow I think the idea is slightly nonsensical, vegetables cooked in a sheep’s stomach is hardly vegetarian. Other equally appetizing Scottish fare includes scotch broth and colcannon.
In Wales, when you open your menu you will see a variety of local dishes. And the good news is that not all of them contain the insides of a farmyard animal. Of course, Welsh Rarebit is the first on the menu. This is a rather simple affair and is regarded by many as an up-market version of cheese on toast. Other delights are Bara Brith, a type of fruit bread and Laver Bread, which is a sort of seaweed pancake. You should also try traditional Welsh lamb. Apparently, it’s second to none.
Northern Ireland offers you traditional Irish cuisine. This comes in the form of Irish stew – a delightful concoction of lamb (usually Irish, I’m afraid) and fresh vegetables. You should also try some boxty which is a type of potato cake. And, if you don’t get to drink Guinness you can always try it in pie. Steak and Guinness Pie is becoming extremely popular among visitors to the country and as they eat they are getting to sample two of its biggest assets.