London is a global city. Apart from its Traditional English food, find every world cuisine here. So London Food is just not eating, discover the cultures of other countries
London Food: Traditional English Food- the ultimate in the Luxury
London Food: Traditional British Cuisine has made a dramatic comeback to the City recently. Enjoy fresh, local produce and some tasty English foods for the ultimate in English luxury. Generally they are English Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Roast above all Fish and Chips. Ex. British Prime Minster David Cameron said British were identified by three. 1. Church 2. Football and finally 3. Fish and Chips
Traditional English Breakfast
There is very little difference between the traditional English Breakfast, Scottish Breakfast, Welsh Breakfast and Irish Breakfast. Most are served as standard in British Hotels, Cafe’s, Pubs and Restaurants
The breakfast usually includes-
– Pork sausages and bacon – usually served fried.
– Eggs are always included which are usually fried but may be scrambled or even poached.
– Often includes cooked tomatoes, mushrooms and baked beans in tomato sauce.
– Bread is always included. This may be toasted or fried, occasionally both.
– A fried potato such as a hash brown is often included.
– Black Pudding (occasionally white pudding) – authentic British taste, a black pudding must be included.
English Food: Cream Tea
During a cream tea a pot of English tea is served along with (usually 2) scones, a pot of clotted cream and jam. Strawberry jam is the most common flavour and the scone is eaten in 2 halves with cream and jam spread onto it.
English Food: Afternoon Tea
An afternoon tea was traditionally taken at 4pm and is associated with the aristocracy. These days afternoon tea is expensive and a special treat when visiting an expensive hotel or a manor house tea room.
Afternoon tea arrives along with a tiered cake stand which usually contains at least 3 varieties of small fingered sandwiches. The second layer and third layer usually contains a scone along with a variety of small cakes and buns. An afternoon tea is incredibly filling, usually delicious but very sweet and far from healthy.
Traditional Sunday Roast or Dinner Roast
Roast dinners were traditionally eaten on a Sunday and still are by many British families. Almost all pub restaurants serve a traditional roast on a Sunday so this is a great way to sample the traditional British family meal.
A roast dinner is also known as a ‘Sunday Roast’, a ‘Sunday Dinner’ or simply a ‘roast’. Fundamentally it contains a roasted meat – traditionally beef but possibly chicken, turkey, lamb or pork along with roasted potatoes. Seasonal vegetables are also included – sometimes roasted and possibly including carrots, peas, parsnips, green beans, cauliflower cheese or cabbage.
Fish and chips
Probably the most famous British meal of all, fish and chips is a national favourite and ‘chip shops’ can be found in pretty much every town and village in England.
The ‘chips’ are always made from potatoes, thick cut French fries and cooked deep fried. The fish is a white fish fillet – most commonly Cod but often Haddock or other fish, coated in a batter and cooked in a deep fat fryer full of hot oil. The fish and chip supper was traditionally served wrapped in newspaper but today it’s served in a greaseproof paper. Mushy peas are often eaten along with the fish and chips and they are almost always doused in salt and malt vinegar.
Indebted to the Author, Ruth Lancey, Traditional English Food & Others. Would like to know more about British Food, visit the websites Wikipedia- British Cuisine, About.com- Traditional British Recipes, BBC- British Food Cuisines
London Food: Find every world cuisine in London
London as Cosmopolitan City almost every world cuisine can be sampled somewhere in London. All countries foods like American, Arabian, Bangladeshi, Colombian, French, Indian, Japanese Sushi, Jamaican, Iranian, Lebanese, German, Mexican, Spanish Pakistani, Vietnamese etc. are available in London
You will find all types of foods everywhere in London. English Foods, Kebab Shop, Curry House, Chinese takeaway, Fish & Chip, Coffee house, Pubs, Restaurants all will be within your reach. You can also get food at Chemist shop, Supermarkets, Beauty shop, 24 hour express shop etc.
Meet your demand spending from £2 to maximum what you want. There are plenty of choices and options available to pick according to your budget. Whatever you spend, food standards are high. Only London can accommodate from very low budget traveller to highly luxurious traveller.
Kebab Shop, Fish & Chips– You can see them everywhere but major in Brick lane, White Chapel, Green Street, Upton Park, East Ham (East London)
Curry food/Restaurants– seen on high streets but major in Bricklane, East London.
Chinese Foods/Takeaway – Chinese restaurants are also seen but major in Soho, Leicester Square
Moroccan, Afghan cuisine And Middle eastern cuisine– Major in Queensway, Edgware Road.
London’s Pubs & English Foods– Everywhere. They are good for inexpensive meal and incomparable atmosphere. They have a Bar services
London Food: Best Places to eat the best food
There are many places to eat in London. You will find almost all foods here like English, Asian, Mediterranean, Japanese, Chinese etc.
A traveller who is new to this city don’t need to worry about where to eat and what food. Get some ideas & sources to get your food.
01. Square Meal– Square Meal is one of the most comprehensive restaurant, bar and venue guides in London and the UK.
02. Open Table– Restaurant bookings: free & instantly confirmed
03. Hardens– A very popular food search, reviews, booking site. Search over 6000 restaurants and book free online.
04. Bookatable– Bookatable is owned by Livebookings Holdings Ltd, and is the leading global online reservation and marketing service for restaurants.
05. Michelin Guide– Find a restaurant from the Michelin Guide. The best restaurants selected by their own inspectors
06. Zagat– Discover London with Zagat. Zagat’s editorial team curates the best restaurants and nightspots in London and serves them up to you in a fun and accessible way so you can enjoy the best the city has to offer.
07. Tripadvisor– Best Restaurants in London completely based on users review.
08. Timeout-The 100 best restaurants in London– Feast your eyes on the top restaurants in London, from the new gastronomic game-changers to the seasoned heavyweights who give this city its culinary chops.
09. Telegraph-London’s best restaurants– With London now regarded as one of the world’s best dining destinations, the Telegraph’s London experts select their pick of the capital’s best restaurants.
10. The Guardian-Central London’s top 10 budget restaurants And The Guardian-10 of the best London street food stalls– Based on The Guardian’s review
11. Street Feast London– Street Feast is London’s pioneering night market. Every Friday and Saturday they bring together London’s best street food traders, chefs and restaurants, and serve giant festival-style pint-sized cocktails, craft beer and great wine, for quite a unique eating experience
12. CnTraveller– London’s food scene evolves so fast, it’s hard to keep up. One moment the latest hotspot is Covent Garden, the next it’s the East End. New trends – no-reservations restaurants, molecular gastronomy, posh fast food – keep things constantly fresh.
13. About.com-go london– Where is the Best Restaurant, Cheap Eating Place in London?
Where is the Best Restaurant in London? It’s a million dollar question and the opinion will change regularly but you can add your favorite restaurant here and let others know why it’s so good.
London Food: Food Blog- Review, Comments etc.
Food Blog is a good way to read the reviews on Restaurant, Food, Food Place etc. Someone usually share their experience. Enjoy reading these food blogs and have a good idea about best places to eat and what to eat.
01. LondonEater – is a restaurant blog that is updated weekly. As of May 2012, it receives 75,000 hits per month with 2300 RSS subscribers and has served 2 million page views since 2008. It is widely read by food lovers in London and a far.
02. KaveYeats – ”Other than people, my three passions in life are travelling, photography and food, which combine fortuitously well. Over the years, I’ve managed to infect Pete with my wanderlust, tempt him into the world of photography and of the two of us, he’s the far better cook! Although we enjoy travelling for great food and culture” – Kave
03. LondonFromScratch – ”I’m an ex-pat Australian, an ex-restauranteur and an ex-chef. Yes, lots of exes. In 2012, I set up the central London supper club, Scratch Secret Suppers, because I wanted to feed Londoners fabulous food I’d made from scratch. Nothing tastes as good as food made from scratch. I like to write about, and photograph London’s evolving foodie scene and I do this on my food blog”..Michelle Francis.
04. LondonReviewofBreakfasts – The London Review of Breakfasts
05. ScramblingEggs – The blog of London café owner Shelagh Ryan feels well grounded and sensible. It is less food obsessed than many.
06. HerFavFood – And welcome to my London based restaurant blog. This is your guide to eating out at scrumptious restaurants without blowing your budget! Author-herfavfood
07. TheLondonFoodie – Reviews of London’s Restaurants, Supper Clubs and Hotels, Wine Tastings, Travel Writing, and Home to the Japanese and French Supper Clubs in Islington
London Food: Food Etiquette Food Terms and Tips used in London
01. Tips- A 10% tip for good service – and only for good service – is the general rule. Be sure to check your bill because a gratuity might already be included. Also to check bills as waiters are not beyond making mistakes. Please read Tipping section for details.
02. Dress Code- “Smart casual” is fine everywhere. In the top end hotels and restaurants you may find some places that require men to wear a jacket, a tiny number of places also insist on a tie.
In pubs and modest restaurants anything goes except that bare chested men will usually not be served.
03. Refills- Free refills are uncommon in London. The Majority of restaurants will bring you a bottle/can of soda which isn’t refillable. Some restaurants do have free refills such as Pizza Hut or Harvesters but the majority don’t
04. Soda- The term Soda is not used for soft drinks (there is baking soda and soda crystals which are used for cleaning)
05. Fizzy drinks- Carbonated drinks are better known as fizzy drinks, the can, carton or bottle container will normally indicate ‘sparkling or still’
London Food: Tipping Guide at Restaurants Hotels – Tips to Waiter Hotel staff
Sometimes we are uncertain about the tips need to pay Restaurant Waiter, Pubs, Taxi Drivers, Hotel servicemen etc.
First of all you need to know ‘Tipping is not compulsory in London but practically it is seen some places in London. Keep the following in your mind whilst giving tipping.
Tipping at Restaurants, Takeaways, Cafes, Pubs etc.
If the restaurant has a service charge added and the service has been ok you should pay the service charge. If you pay this you do not have to leave a tip. Extra if you want It, could be as little as £2 to as much as you like. You do not need to leave another 10-15% of the bill.
If you go to a restaurant and there is no service charge added to the bill and you thought the service was ok then the bare minimum you should leave is 10%. Of course you can just get up and leave nothing, the choice is yours.
If you buy a take away meal to eat either on the street or at your accommodation there is no need or expectation for you to leave a tip.
Tipping the server in cafés if you’ve had something to eat or drink inside is polite and £2 or more is acceptable.
If you go to a pub for a meal and they don’t have a service charge added, no one really expects you to leave a tip. You can leave £2 or more if you want to, but again that’s your choice as you don’t have to.
Tipping at Hotels, Your Accommodation Place
Tipping in hotels is generally to the porter, £2 – £5 for helping you with your bags and the maid for cleaning your room.
Tipping to Cab/Taxi Driver
Tipping the driver of the cab is usually done by rounding up the fare to the nearest pound and adding a couple of pounds on top if the driver has been friendly/helpful.
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