Who hasn’t read a book set in England or watched a BBC programme on television and not wished they could stand at the wood panelled bar and order a Pint of Cider or Guinness along with their mates like the characters in the story?  Unlike the USA, whose streets are lined with restaurant after restaurant to please any palate, English villages have only a few choices for the hungry traveler.  However, no matter what village or city you travel to in England there will always be a local pub to wet your whistle. 

Welsh Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding at Felin Fach Griffin, Powys, Wales

What you may be surprised to learn is that you can get a fantastic meal to boot.  Certainly, Pub food will vary in quality from one place to another but you can count on a few definites along your way…the food is plentiful and is always served on crockery.  No plastic or paper plates and utensils here!  Even in the tourist cafes of castles and motorway service centers your tea and biscuits (cookies) will most likely be served on REAL plates with a proper metal fork and spoon.  As I mentioned in an earlier blog sometimes what makes a meal memorable (for the right reasons) is presentation and atmosphere!

Cute names like Bubble and Squeak, Bangers and Mash, Shepherd and Cottage Pies will dominate the menu and satisfy your hunger.  The more central to the village the Pub or Tea House the more authentic the taste and atmosphere.  Older buildings especially Pubs have the date of construction over the front entrance.  Look for dates all the way back to the 1600’s and marvel over the history these solid and brave people live with every day.

Fillet of Plaice on Crushed Potatoes, Felin Fach Griffin, Powys, Wales

Make sure you sample the many varieties of Lagers, Bitters (Beer) and Ciders.  Served at room to slightly above room temperature you will find the drinks soothing to the soul whilst you drift back through the centuries of time.  Perhaps, instead you will sit in an old Tea House and share a pot of tea with a plate of scones drenched in Clotted Cream.  Whatever your taste and whatever your own family’s history for the time you visit the U.K. you will be part of yesterdays and today’s Great British Empire.  Good eats folks!

Front: Steak and Ale Pie, Mash, Peas. Back: Fish and Chips.Front: Steak and Ale Pie, Mash, Peas. Back: Fish and Chips

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