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Hungry in the UK? Try These 5 Regional Favorites

The United Kingdom has a fairly distinctive cuisine. Dishes are traditionally based on lamb, chicken, beef, pork and fish, normally plated with a side of vegetables and potatoes. Those traveling here will expect to feast on sandwiches, pies, fish and chips, trifle, and roast dinners.

Though there are many destinations throughout Britain that contribute to the food scene a lot more. Cities which specialize in light bites, afternoon tea, and some truly unusual Irish cuisine. Hungry in the UK? Try these 5 regional favorites.

Oxford for a light bite

Oxford has a diverse food scene with plenty of fantastic pubs and restaurants, though this is perhaps the best destination in the UK for grabbing a quick bite.

Winding, picturesque alleyways offer plenty of tasty options for cafes and local sandwich shops, and family run bakeries also line the streets. Oxford has seen a number of trendy, minimalist coffee shops begin to pop up across the city too. Be sure to stop at Jericho Coffee Traders (King Edward Street), or for something more hipster, Bear and the Bean.

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Galway pub food

Those traveling on a budget in Galway are best to head to the pub. Pub fare here is some of the best in the UK, and a pub lunch or evening meal is a quintessential UK experience. Immerse yourself into British culture and eat as the locals do!

Pub lunches generally run from 12pm-3pm and cost around €10 for a main meal. Evening meals will be a bit more. Quay street is lined with great value pubs, all of which are located within walking distance of the city’s cheap hotels.

Brew to go with your Stew: Belfast

Belfast is one of the best cities in Northern Ireland for modern Irish cuisine, though it also has some of the best breweries.

There is a small restaurant called Mollys Yard which is the only restaurant in town where you can enjoy the Belfast Blonde on tap. All brews here are produced at the Hilden Brewery down the road. This is the oldest independent brewery in Ireland.

Afternoon tea in Glasgow

Afternoon tea is observed religiously in the UK, and you will find that Glasgow has some fantastic options.

Cushion & Cake is a speciality cafe which caters afternoon tea for £10.50 per person. They additionally offer a range of soups, sandwiches, home-baked cakes which you can take back to your Glasgow hotel for later.

Unusual Cork Cuisine

Cork is paradise for those who love food, with many high-class restaurants serving artistic creations from locally sourced produce. Though there are a number of regional specialties for those with a taste for the unusual.

Drisheen is not for everyone, but a local delicacy none the less. This dish is pudding or sausage with ingredients which include sheep’s blood, spices and breadcrumbs, served with tripe im a thickened milk sauce. Black pudding is another Irish specialty done well in Cork. This is also made from blood, though one sure to surprise anyone willing to try.


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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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