What does your ideal holiday look like? For some it’s lounging by the pool and reading a book, for others it’s extreme sports and daring feats. However, there’s a whole other motivation for going on holiday that is often forgotten about – food!
For many people the highlight of their holiday is going out for a nice meal and from wholesome roasts and trimmings to the freshest of sea food, there are plenty of delicious delicacies to be found across the UK. Here are some of our favourite destinations to visit when it comes to finding eating out.
Although the English capital get’s plenty of attention already, it would be hard to ignore the vast wealth of internationally recognised dining establishments, cutting-edge food start-ups and unique trends on offer. Here are a few that you should consider checking out next time you visit.
On a budget
There are a several popular food markets in London where you can enjoy all kinds of different cuisines from Chinese and Indian to Mexican and Italian. The Southbank Centre, Borough Market, Camden Market and Shoreditch’s Boxpark are just a few where you can get a taste of the capital on a budget and typically under £5-6 a dish.
London is one of the top-ranked cities in the world for dining and is home to over 70 Michelin star restaurants so finding a high-end restaurant to spoil a loved one is never an issue. The Ritz London offers up traditional English dishes and décor, Helene Darroze at the Connaught prides itself on exquisite champagnes and caviars, while famous TV chefs Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal also call the capital home.
If you’re looking for something a bit different then you could sample pan-fried chermoula-spiced crickets or even chocolate-covered scorpions at Archipelago or eat your favourite childhood breakfast cereal at the Cereal Killer Café on Brick Lane.
The Scottish capital is a stunning mix of castles, historical buildings, atmospheric scenery and modern living – precisely why it attracts 4.39 million visitors every year. All those stomachs need feeding, and this is why Edinburgh has almost 2,000 different restaurants and cafes to choose from.
On a budget
We could use this section to tell you all about the different food trucks and vans dotted around Edinburgh – instead we’ll direct you to the Pitt Market (open every Saturday) where you can find all the best one’s in one place. Here you’ll find everything from noodles dishes and pizzas to deserts and gourmet coffees.
Fine diners can find plenty of opportunity for opulence in the city of Edinburgh. Take The Dome for instance on George Street. Traditional Scottish delights such as haggis, neeps and tatties can all be enjoyed in a most grandiose atmosphere.
Despite its historic surroundings, Edinburgh is very forward thinking and the dishes on offer are among some of the most current and trendy in the UK. Try vegetarian haggis at the Whiski Rooms or pick up some unusual bar food like miniature pies and nachos at Treacle.
The UK’s second city has a proudly diverse range of food including Michelin starred restaurants, street dining, farmers markets and the world-famous Balti Triangle (home to an impressive 43 curry houses).
On a budget
If you’re looking for cut-price cuisine, then there are plenty of options out there. Grand Central Kitchen’s menu comes in incredibly high at #3 on TripAdvisor for all the restaurants for Birmingham, and while the menu might seem simple with staples like panini, wraps, and jacket potatoes – the reviews speak for themselves. Birmingham has also seen an increase in street food vendors and markets such as Digbeth Dining Club where you can pick up quick, cost-friendly bites.
If fine dining is more your thing then restaurants like The Wilderness, Purnells, and Marco Pierre White’s all offer fresh and sublime tasting food in ambient settings, albeit for a slightly increased price-tag.
Although Birmingham is famed for its Indian dishes and balti’s, the city is also home to some seriously good Thai food. Consistently voted one of Birmingham’s best Thai restaurants, Sabai Sabi on Waterloo Street offers a range of Tom Yam’s, Red and Green curries and Massaman flavours as well as some of the best spring rolls you are likely to get your hands on.
Fancy a trip to the seaside? Brighton is a city like no other and boasts an incredible array of things to do. There are regular live music nights, fashionable shops, vintage markets and a pub to be found on almost every corner. However, unlike some coastal resorts there’s more to Brighton than just fish and chips if you’re looking to fill your stomach.
On a budget
There’s nothing quite like a full English breakfast to see you through until dinner time and being a seaside town, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to fry ups. There are a great many hotels and hostels across the seafront where you can pick up a cheap breakfast but going slightly off the beaten track, you’ll find some excellent options at places like The New Club & Seven Bees and Bill’s. If you’ve skipped breakfast and you’re craving a tasty burger then be sure to visit one of the two Grubb’s fast food restaurants which are something of an institution for Brighton locals.
Brighton has a very creative dining scene and some of the most exciting restaurants the country has to offer. One example of how Brighton is leading the way is the fabulous 64 Degrees restaurant. Chef Michael Bremner develops an ever-changing menu daily with such delights as brown butter foam, mushroom ketchup, jerk salmon and smoked chestnut mayo. However, it only holds 20 diners at a time, so you need to book well in advance Alternatively, you could sample some world cuisine at Bincho Yakitori where Chef David Miney offers up a Japanese inspired spin on the typical gastro pub menu. Be sure to toast your meal off with a high-quality sake.
Spend some time in Brighton and you’ll notice that their residents have a strong commitment to all things eco-friendly. Living by the sea means that the residents of Brighton & Hove are very aware of the impact of waste on the planet. With this in mind the locally owned and independent Moshimo restaurant is leading the way in plastic-free dining. Their menu of traditional sushi and sashimi is served on bamboo platters and includes everything from fresh raw tuna steaks to entirely plant-based vegan and vegetarian options.
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