Thanks to everyone who entered our St George’s Day competition and shared the stories of their best British meals. We loved reading about your favourite British restaurants and home-cooked feasts, so we’ve rounded up ten of our favourites to share with our readers. If you’re in need of some dining inspiration, read on!
Photo Credit: Hix Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis.
“My best ever British meal is, sitting on a wall in Littlehampton, legs dangling over the side looking at the river slowly flowing into the sea and in one hand a beer and in the other fresh fish and chips in newspaper, oh and a pickled onion on the side, what more could you need?” (Amanda)
“A picnic at Proms in the Park. It’s impossible not to feel patriotic sitting on a tartan rug, raincoats at the ready, tucking into a feast including pork pie, sandwiches, summer fruits and a Champagne-beating English sparkling wine. Roll on summer, come rain or shine!” (Andrea)
“We had dinner at The Savoy once, and the steak I had was the most wonderful melt in your mouth piece of meat – I’ve never had anything so beautifully cooked since!” (Joanna)
“My best British meal has to be the Sunday roast cooked by my Mum who, at 80 years old, still makes the best Yorkshire pudding ever. So roast beef, roast potatoes, cabbage, carrots and a great onion gravy followed by a homemade apple pie with fresh creamy custard. Absolutely the best of British.” (Linda)
“My best British meal was at Restaurant Story, a feast of eight wonderful courses based on childhood stories. The first course was a beef dripping candle and huge wedges of brown bread – absolutely delicious.” (Victoria)
“Rare roast beef at Roast, Borough Market. Unbelievable!” (Lucy)
“Dinner on the gorgeous British Pullman; fabulous food in very special surroundings evoking the elegance of yesteryear. The freshest Scottish smoked salmon followed by tender Welsh lamb with Jersey Royal potatoes and crisp green veg, then English apple pie and cream… Simply divine!” (Lesley)
“Love so many hot Great British dinners: toad-in-the-hole, minted lamb and bacon clanger all float my boat, BUT on a beautiful spring or summer’s day NOTHING beats a really good ploughman’s.” (Mark)
“The Overnight Pork Belly from the Pint Shop in Cambridge – cooked to perfection in a fantastic setting in the heart of a beautiful city; if you haven’t been you really must visit, even if just for a drink, the beer menu and 40 types of gin will keep you busy.” (Oli)
“Best British meal ever? Has got to be Simpsons on the Strand… The roast rib of beef is the best anywhere I have eaten, the service is always impeccable and as for the fresh horseradish sauce. The only decision to be made is whether to have the potted shrimp or the smoked haddock omelette. There are very few restaurants where they will boast that the menu has not changed in many years.” (Tony)
You can read the rest of the entries on the competition page. Congratulations to Andrea who won the Godminster hamper from Borough Box!