In British foods to eat: Part I, I covered three of the glorious British meals to eat when you visit the U.K. To complete the list, below are the final two tasty tributes to the country that also gave us Worcestershire sauce and Cadbury’s chocolate Easter eggs.
The national dish of the UK
Though not the sole winner of this title, the Indian influence on the UK is apparent everywhere you go, and a proper curry meal is a must if you want to eat like the Brits do.
What it is: Choices feel endless when it comes to curry. Usually, you’ll get a bed of rice with a richly spiced (though not necessarily spicy) sauce with chicken, beef, lamb, or veggies. Korma, tikka masala, onion bhaji, butter chicken, and vindaloo are some of the strange words you’ll read on a menu.
Where to find it: In London, you’re hard-pressed to find a square mile radius without a few curry houses in them. You can also find curry in takeaway format to enjoy in your accommodation.
How to eat it: Take some rice, cover it in the sauce of your choice, eat, repeat. Scoop some of the mixture onto a ripped slice of naan bread, eat, repeat. Curry can easily be a family-style meal where everyone eats bits of everything. Or you can hoard your own portion if you love it. Whatever works.
Cost: Depending where you go, prices vary, but you can happily share a massive amount of food between four for less than £30 (and that’s pushing it).
Sundays are for roasting
Once you’ve tried a roast, you’ll have a tough time finding a meal you’d rather eat on a lovely Sunday afternoon. Traditionally eaten as the week’s large family meal, roasts aren’t reserved just for Sundays anymore, and thank goodness for that.
What it is: Different regions of England have their own takes, but a proper Sunday roast includes all things roasted (hence the name). That means roasted meat (usually lamb or beef), roasted potatoes, and Yorkshire puddings. Contrary to the Jello-esque name, a Yorkshire pudding is actually a small, savory puffed pastry that acts as a makeshift bowl for the gravy. Then, add in cooked vegetables like broccoli, carrots, and swede, plus tastier-than-they-sound red cabbage and cheesy cauliflower and you have yourself a full Sunday roast.
Where to find it: Many restaurants serve Sunday roasts, but I’d recommend a pub first, as they tend to do things without the fuss of presentation and with larger, more traditional servings. Really, the best way to eat it is home-cooked with an English family around a dinner table, but if you don’t have that luxury, the nearest pub will do.
How to eat it: Pile your plate with whatever looks best, douse it with gravy, and dig in.
The English have plenty of other delicious meals (cottage or shepherd’s pie, bubble and squeak, bangers and mash, toad in the hole) but for now, these top five will get you started eating like the locals.