Best Foods to Try on your Walking Tours of London

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The United Kingdom is traditionally not renowned for culinary tourism but London has emerged as a surprisingly excellent destination for food lovers. There are a lot of thriving restaurants and world-class food joints in the city, which opens up great opportunities for those with a food-loving heart to go on walking tours of London. Below are some of the best foods that you must try when in London.

Sunday Roast

This traditional British meal is typically served for lunch on Sundays. It includes a piece of roasted meat, roasted and mashed potatoes, and accompaniments like gravy, stuffing, mint sauce, and Yorkshire pudding. You can have Sunday Roast in most of the pubs in London.

Fish and Chips

This hot dish consists of fried fish in batter served alongside some chips. It was originally introduced in England by immigrants as a culinary fusion in the 1860s. By 1910, more than 25,000 shops started selling fish and chips.

Bacon Roll

This is the English version of a bacon sandwich, which is served with brown sauce or tomato ketchup. It is also known as “bacon butty”, “bacon barm”, “bacon bap”, “bacon sarnie”, or “bacon cob” in different parts of the city.

Full English Breakfast

A full English breakfast is a complete meal to start your day with sausages, bacon, fried eggs, baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, black pudding, toast, and a beverage like tea or coffee. You can have a full English breakfast in most London restaurants.

Eton Mess

This traditional English dessert originated from Eton College in 1893 and was named after the boarding school. It consists of crushed meringue, strawberries, and whipped cream, and is usually added to the dessert menus throughout London during the summer and spring months.

Scotch Egg

This is believed to be one of the best culinary creations of England. A Scotch egg consists of a whole hard-boiled or soft-boiled egg wrapped in ground sausage meat, which is coated in breadcrumbs and then baked or deep-fried. It is usually served with a dipping sauce.

Beef Wellington

This is a classic English dish made with fillet steak coated with pâté and duxelles. It is wrapped in parma ham and puff pastry and then baked to create a mouthwatering pie. You can find Beef Wellington in most of the restaurants around London.

Bangers and Mash

Also known as sausages and mash, this traditional British dish includes flavored sausages made of lamb, pork, or beef, served alongside mashed potatoes. The sausages are usually larger and the dish is doused in gravy. Most London eateries have bangers and mash on their menu.

 

Feeling hungry for some traditional English food? Book a walking tour of London today!