Despite being close to culinary powerhouses of France and Italy, despite the multitude of Indian and Chinese takeaways, and despite the continued influx of fast food from America, you may be very surprised that Britain maintains a lot of traditional food. I want to give you an overview of what you can expect from eating in traditional pubs in Britain – and hopefully this will encourage you to try some when you visit!
In Britain, traditional pubs and alehouses are designed to be very social places where working class men (and women) can come and let off some steam as they enjoy a pint of beer or two. Sometimes, with the alcohol flowing around, pubs can get quite boisterous, although nowadays things are much calmer in the age of the Gastro Pub – a pub that serves food as well as drink. It is in these gastro pubs where Britons can find the very best pub grub.
While some people choose to drink alone, most patrons of British pubs come with small groups of friends to enjoy a night out. Sometimes a visit to the pub occurs in the afternoon, such as on a Sunday, but generally pubs do not open until 11am at the earliest. Ordering the beer and bar snacks like pork scratchings and peanuts usually occurs immediately, and then you go to sit down at a table and have some quality time with your party. If you are ordering pub grub, then you probably need to place a further order at the bar, where one of the bartenders will see to your request. But what kind of food should you expect to eat in British pubs?
Fish & Chips are usually the first thing you think of when talking about British food. While not quite as popular as they once used to be, it is still always a good thing to eat some traditional chips. Although the fish and chips served in newspaper is usually found beside the seaside, as pub grub, this dish is served on a plate with plenty of salt and vinegar – just like the good ol’ days! Read more about the traditional British fish and chips!
Bangers & Mash is traditional pub grub. It is usually served with onion gravy, fried onions, or baked beans, and peas. It is one of the easiest sausage dishes to make and this makes it perfect for sale in pubs!
While Kippers are eaten all over the world, they are generally known as a British delicacy, and are affectionately called the Bacon of the Sea due to their enduring popularity in pubs up and down the country.
Even though the mashed potato remains, you can substitute the sausage for a classic British pie to make the ever-popular Pie & Mash dish. This is quite possibly the most common pub grub of the lot, and it is not uncommon for tomato ketchup to be used as a condiment instead of gravy!
A Sausage Roll is generally a sheet of puff pastry formed into tubes around sausage meat and glazed with egg or milk before being baked. They can be served either hot or cold and this makes them perfect for pub grub.
Pork Pies are traditional British meat pies. It consists of roughly chopped pork and pork jelly sealed in a hot water crust pastry. It is normally eaten cold in pubs with a pint of ale.
So thanks for taking a look a the very best of British pub grub. I hope I have persuaded you to try some of this “authentic” British cuisine when you next visit my country!