As its Friday I thought we’d have a little run down of the facts and the fallacies of British Food and what our “guests” from overseas believe that we feed our faces with !
Please see and enjoy the photos below….all of which I have purloined from the NET – so thanks to those who have had their photos involuntarily used here by means of illustration ! This is not an exhaustive list…..but may interest some and stimulate the juices of others….particularly those of us who reside in a remote, nay obscure part of Kentucky……but not the north east state line area though (private joke!)!
Connoisseur of food with a waistline to prove it !
Lets Tour England !
Lets start with a “Full English Breakfast”
Sometimes made more “hearty” by augmenting with one or two slices of “Black Pudding”.
For a snack we might have “Cheese on Toast” – sometimes known as “Welsh Rarebit”
…..or if we were more hungry “Beans on Toast”…..
…..or if we were greedy (which we often are) we might have the “Beans and Cheese on Toast”
“Cauliflower Cheese” is a meal in itself or part of the vegetable accompaniments
The Brits are supposed to eat “Bangers and Mash” ad-infinitum – I can’t remember the last time…..
“Bacon + Brie Baguette with Cranberry jelly” – not very British but a favourite of mine!
A traditional “Sunday Roast” – very British – this is “Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes, Vegetables and gravy
.….or do the same with Shoulder of Lamb roasted with Rosemary and finished with Mint Sauce – my particular favourite mmmm
…..or with leg of Pork – eye LOVE the crackling !
“Shepherds Pie” – minced (ground) lamb with veg and mashed potatoe on top. its called “Cottage Pie” when its made with Beef instead of Lamb.
“Steak and Kidney Pie” – you must have heard we British love our offal? Eaten with vegetables.
Mustn’t forget our staple diet – good ole “Fish ‘n Chips” eaten on the street out of newspaper – we all do it almost every day!
Another delicious gift from the Sub-Continent to our “fast food” culture – Curry and Chips (well curry sauce) best eaten in the Cinema – very annoying!
“Cornish Pasty” – traditional lunch for Cornish Tin Miners who held onto the thick crust with their dirty fingers!
The “Ploughman’s Lunch” – warning…..if you want to avoid an international incident, do please ask the Ploughman nicely first!!
“Scotch Eggs” – eggs in sausage meat and coated with breadcrumbs – sometimes added to a Ploughmans Lunch
“Toad in the Hole” – link sausages in a batter – everyone thinks we eat them all the time but I certainly don’t !
And so to desserts – “Apple Crumble and Custard” (Americans call custard “pudding”).
“Spotted Dick and Custard”…..oh yes yes very funny !
“Christmas Pudding” – a heavy fruit desert laced with alchohol and set fire to with Brandy at Christmas – crazy, wasteful and dangerous!
Mince Pies – also often ate at Christmas
“Victoria Sponge” a light cake made with self raising flour with jam and butter icing in the middle mmmmmmm
And finally……….the legendary English “Cream Tea” – consisting of a Scone, Jam and heart arresting (and unfortunately named) Clotted Cream! Yes YES YESSSSS!!
A Cotswold Walk ! 5 miles all the way around…..just the river walk is just over 2 miles and 75 mins. I did this walk this afternoon in the beautiful March 70F sun…..absolutely gorgeous. Watch the video to get more of an idea of what to expect but you are totally off the beaten track through farmland, forest, water meadow and river bank – pure bliss!
Bourton-on-the Water or is it “Boredom-on-the-Water” – not quite what Rick Steves promised??
When people who have not visited the Cotswolds enquire about visiting here, they have often researched the guide books and come up with names like:
…..Bourton-on-the-Water or “Boredom-on-the-Water” as I have taken to calling it!
Then there is Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle – also “must see’s” according to the North American tourist guide books.
Well it depends why you are wanting to visit – if its just a “bucket list” that has to be checked off then go where you please but if you really want to see and experience the delights of the true English countryside…..away from London, you need to listen to the locals and, quite by coincidence, I am a driver guide who lives in the heart of the Cotswolds!!
So as far as the list above is concerned it is WRONG…..or mostly wrong. It has been made up by people who do not know the area like I do – for instance…..
Ok Moreton-in-Marsh has a railway station and that is handy but what was once a quaint town is now dissected by a busy road – when I collect people from the railway station, their first comment is usually “…..lets get outta here“!
Stow-on-the Wold has some nice shops particularly Antiques but the place is jam packed with tour buses – its a nightmare particularly in peak season
Broadway is pretty dull, I think, again built on a busy road and unless you like going into lots of stores selling lavender smelly stuff and post cards, there is so much better to see
And Bourton-on-the-Water – well “nuff said” – its a tourist mecca for Japanese Tour Buses and for the great unwashed from the city of Birmingham who cram into the place and lie around half naked on the grass eating fast food….yuk !
And finally Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle…..well I did a recent blog on both of these but essentially Stratford is a “must see” for true Shakespeare enthusiasts who are prepared to stand in line and be jostled all day in order to see the birthplace of the Bard, his place of death and grave and the ubiquitous Anne Hathaway’s Cottage – which actually is quite quaint when not populated by our Japanese friends. But Warwick Castle is a theme park primarily for kids and if you do go in, you stay there for the day NOT for an hour!
Rick Steves says that the Northern Cotswolds are the best…..WRONG !
So what are the top ten destinations I would recommend that Customers should visit to get a true sense of the English Countryside and of life in the Cotswolds? Not in any particular order:
Stroud Market (on a Saturday morning) Castle Combe – beautiful village where many movies have been made including the recent “War Horse” Tetbury - for Antiques and its royal connections with Prince Charles (The Highgrove Store) Malmesbury - with its 1000 year old Abbey and the Abbey House Gardens Cirencester - an important Roman Town and “Capital of the Cotswolds” Country Walk from Bibury to Coln St Aldwyns – exquisite !!
Villages of Yanworth, Salperton, Northleach, Hampnett, Tuckdean and Notgrove Upper and Lower Slaughter – the place to have your photo taken ! Naunton
Guiting Power Stanway and Stanton
…..these places are absolutely beautiful….if you are travelling alone, look them up but better still let me take you !! Take a look at the photos, below, and let me know what you think !
Passionate Cotswold Guide and Driver
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