From the wilderness of the Highlands and the stunning lakes in Cumbria to the bustling back streets of London and dramatic coastal splendour of Northumberland, a holiday in the UK holds plenty of surprises for native and foreign travellers alike. Boasting thousands of years of dramatic history and military defences, attested by numerous castles, fortified manor houses, palaces and towers, Britain offers visitors an enchanting mix of history, culture and beautiful countryside.
From the introduction of the potato by Sir Francis Drake in the 16th Century, British cuisine has been shaped by various imported produce from the colonies, like exotic spices and herbs. Typical British cuisine consists of simple, hearty and filling dishes like stews, pies, cakes, pastries and pasties, and dairy products. In more recent years, our cuisine has been further influenced by other foreign settlers too, producing hybrid dishes, like Anglo-Indian food. There are also many regional specialities too in England, Scotland and Wales, which have each developed their own local dishes.
Recipes submitted here by owners, travellers and bloggers make good use of some of the staple foods of Britain, including meat, fish, potatoes, clotted cream and eggs.