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British Cuisine: Travel and Dining Tips
Traveling to England
For information, contact:
British Tourist Authority
Thames Tower, Black's Road
Hammersmith, London W6 9 #EL
Accommodations range from modest bed and breakfast inns to elegant country house hotels, such as Lucknam Park near Bath; Gidleigh Park, in Devonshire; Sharrow Bay Country House, Ukswater; Le Manoir Quatre Saisons, near Oxford; and Greywalls, Gullane. St. Andrews Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland, is another choice destination.
Dining in England
The traditional English breakfast is a bountiful event, and generally included in the price of a stay at a bed and breakfast hotel. It includes a glass of orange juice, a bowl of cereal, and a plate of crisply grilled bacon, sausage, or finnan haddie, fried or scrambled eggs, and grilled tomato halves, sauteed mushrooms, and fried bread. A rack of freshly made toast, butter, and marmalade and tea or coffee accompanies.
Lunch in a Pub or as a Picnic
A Pub lunch is a fun way to enjoy the midday repast. Pubs are located throughout the country and offerings include both sandwiches and hot food along with beer and ales. Smoked salmon
and cress on brown bread and the Plowman's Lunch, a plate of cheese, chutney, pickles, and bread are classic.
A picnic is a delightful way to savor a historic sight on a beautiful day. The delicatessens sell fine cheeses and meats and it is easy to pick up bread and fruit from small shops in the countryside. I have enjoyed picnics on the grounds of York Cathedral, Rievaulx
Abbey ruins, and Fountains Abbey.
Afternoon tea is a custom, often served between 4 and 6 PM. It can include a plate of delectable little sandwiches -- cucumber, seafood, deviled meat or egg -- scones, buns, tarts and cakes. Tea shops offer scones with clotted cream or Devonshire cream and jam.
Dining in London offers a wealth of ethnic restaurants in a wide price range. My favorites include:
Dell 'Ugo at 56 Frith Street, a three story establishment with a wine bar, bistro and restaurant.
Four Seasons Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel
Le Cafe du Jardin for pre-theater modest dining.
Orso at 27 Wellington for Italian fare
Cafe at the Royal Academy provides a pleasant quick lunch.
Henry Togna, the owner of a charming, elite hotel with the name and address of 22 Jermyn Street, favors:
The River Cafe, Thames Wharf, Rainvelle Road W6
La Caprice, Arlington St., SW1
Olivo, 21 Eccleston St., SW1
Oliveto, 21 Eccleston St., SW1