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British Cuisine

British Foodie Areas

With 66 Michelin-starred restaurants, London is undisputably the epicenter of modern British cuisine.

Birmingham's Asian diaspora has rejuvenated its food scene, and the curry Balti has become the city's unofficial dish.

Manchester's food scene took a while to mature, but now the home of the Eccles cake and the Manchester tart offers the best dishes in the North.

For the most quintessentially Scottish culinary getaway, you can find the best of the best in Edinburgh, its capital, where old meets new.

Cambridge sausage rolls and sweet green plums are just a few delicacies synonymous with this mecca of higher education.

Ipswich and the county of Suffolk are known for delicious Newmarket sausage and a variety of local cheeses.

Chichester is steak and kidney pie country, with one award-winning pie shop serving up the best of this English staple.

One of the most popular seaside resorts in the UK, Brighton is where you go for delicious fish and chips and bangers and mash.

Oxfordshire is known for its spiced Banbury cake and also for its similarly zesty fruit scones, featuring ingredients like currants and raisins.

Bath, in the county of Somerset, is a great base to explore not just this Roman city but also the cheeses and local cuisine of Somerset.

This seaside resort is a large city in Dorset and is a great place to explore Dorset cuisine, like knobs dipped in Blue Vinny cheese.

Penzance is the "end of the line" in the main British Rail system, and it is a great place to explore as you venture out and enjoy Cornish pasties, oysters, and much more!

Leicester is the "curry capital of the UK", where you can taste curries from all over the Indian Subcontinent. Melton Mowbray is famous for its cold pork pie.

Ludlow, near the city of Shrewsbury in Shropshire, has had a culinary tradition stretching back generations and is one of the top foodie towns in England.

From legendary hotpot recipes to delectable butter tarts, the county of Lancashire is known for hearty food that won't leave you disappointed.

From York to Harrogate to Bradford to Wakefield, there are so many towns and cities to explore and so many delicacies to enjoy. (Parkin anyone?)

The Lake District is the UK's most popular national park and is a place where people can eat very well, particularly if you visit Cartmel, Windermere, and Kendal.

Whether you're here to visit the Castle Douglas food town for fresh jams, delicious cheeses, or Galloway beef, Dumfries and Galloway is a popular region for foodies.

The capital of Wales is a great place to sightsee and try delicious Welsh dishes. Monmouthshire, between Cardiff and Brecon, is another must-see foodie region.

The capital of Northern Ireland is where you'll be able to try all of the country's must-savor specialties, from Lough Neagh eel to boxty to Fifteens.
Countries to Explore
From bangers and mash to steak and kidney pie to Indian takeaways and innovative fusion cuisine, England has a lot to offer to those wanting a foodie tour.
Scotland's culinary tradition is quite delicious (yes, even the haggis!) and you will find high-quality dishes from restaurants and cafés across the entire country, from the city to the islands.
Welsh cuisine is more than just cawl and Welsh rarebit: this country of the United Kingdom offers legendary flavors and dishes you simply cannot find anywhere else.
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland offers a mix of British and Irish cuisines, perhaps most famously seen in the addition of soda bread and potato farls to breakfast to make an "Ulster fry".
More to Explore

The British Isles, a geographic region comprised of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, has a rich history of literary excellence. The history, fantasy, politics, romance, and tradition of the isles have been brought to life, historicized, and evaluated by authors who span centuries. On the whole, the canon of literature produced by authors who hail from the British Isles illuminates historical narratives and literary innovations – and will no doubt continue to be an important cultural phenomenon.

Over two dozen UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found in the British Isles, ranging from Neolithic monuments such as Stonehenge, Avebury and Newgrange, to testaments of Britain's might in the Industrial Revolution in places like New Lanark, Blaenavon, the Derwent Valley, and Ironbridge, to such historic sites as Westminster Abbey, Skellig Michael, and Canterbury Cathedral. Telling the overarching story of five millennia of British and Irish history, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the British Isles are visited by millions of people each year.

The fifteen national parks of the United Kingdom are very popular tourism draws, and it is estimated that over 100 million visitors from Britain and abroad flock to the parks each year. Each national park is home to gorgeous natural splendor and unique sights, and no matter where you are on the island of Great Britain, you are most likely within two hours` drive of a national park. From the Cairngorms in the north to the South Downs and Dartmoor in the south, the United Kingdom is home to some of the world`s most picturesque national parks.
Experiences & Adventure
English Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
In the United Kingdom, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a conservation area, just below the status of a national park, that was selected for conservation because of its significant landscape value. There are 33 such sites in England, located in every region of the country, and these areas are conserved in the hope that the natural beauty that they possess can be further enhanced. Below you will find a sampling of 20 important Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty that you should see, with photographs accompanied by links to the nearest gateway city or area.
English Popular Culture
When people picture what England means to them in popular culture, they might think of a multitude of things. They might think of historical legends such as Lady Godiva and Robin Hood. They might think of tea and crumpets, and the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. They might think of iconic scenes from books, movies, and television series, ranging from Pride & Prejudice to Downton Abbey to Harry Potter. On our accompanied map you will find all of these important tourist sites, and many more.
Medieval England
Medieval England corresponds to the era between the mass adoption of Christianity among the Anglo-Saxons, in the 600s CE, and the end of the War of the Roses in the late 15th century. During this time England saw attacks from the Vikings, the Normans` invasion in 1066, and the Black Death. Even with the struggle and strife present during the Middle Ages, this era ushered in new achievements in technology, warfare, religion, arts, and architecture. Below are 20 sites integral to Medieval English history that we think you should see, with links to the closest gateway cities or regions.

When people think of British cuisine, they think of staples such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, and the Sunday roast (roast beef, potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding). Not only do England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland have their own traditional dishes, the dishes of the Commonwealth nations have found their way to the UK as well. Today, it is considered just as quintessentially British to go to an Indian restaurant as it is to go to "the chippy". Britain's culinary scene has grown exponentially in the past few decades; nearly 200 restaurants across the country have been Michelin-starred, and many chefs have become celebrities. Read more about what British cuisine has on offer for the traveler by clicking here.

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