The cuisine of United Kingdom, referred to as British cuisine, emerged in the late 1970s. British cuisine is made with local ingredients like cheese, bread, butter and fruits. To accentuate the flavours, simple sauces are added to the dishes. British cuisine is influenced by a number of cultures like Mediterranean and Middle Eastern. Other influential cultures include Asian and European.
British cuisine is available in different varieties, including Anglo-Indian, English, Gibraltarian, Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh. Anglo-Indian cuisine is the distinct cuisine of the Anglo-Indian community in Britain, comprising roast beef, fish and meat cooked in Indian spices.
English cuisine, shaped by the climate of England, includes bread, cheese, pies, roasted and skewed meat and others. Gibraltarian cuisine is an eclectic mix of Mediterranean and British cuisine that consists of pasta, bread and meat.
The cuisine of North Ireland, known as Northern Irish cuisine, is similar to that of the rest of the island and mainly comprises seafood. Scottish cuisine is associated with the cooking traditions in Scotland.
The main ingredients used in Scottish dishes like haggis and shortbread are game, dairy, fish, fruit and vegetables. Influenced by the British cuisine, Welsh cuisine is known for beef and dairy products. Welsh cuisine is mostly consumed in the Wales County.
Different regions in the country are famous for distinct specialities, such as black pudding is famous in North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Cities like Lancashire and North Yorkshire are famous for cheese.
Devon and Cornwall are popular for the Cornish pasty, while Kincardineshire and other parts of Scotland are famous for deep fried mars bar. Scotland is also famous for haggis, while Lancashire hotpot is famous in Lancashire. Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and Derbyshire are famous for oatcakes.
Swansea and West Wales are popular for laverbread. Pasties and potato bread are unique to Northern Ireland. Leicestershire is famous for pork pie, whereas Lincolnshire and Cumberland are popular for sausages.
Wales is popular for Welsh cakes. Yorkshire pudding is a speciality of Yorkshire. Arbroath Smokie is a speciality food of Arbroath, Scotland. Sunday dinner, also known as roast dinner, is a common meal throughout UK.
Apart from the regional cuisine, tourists can also find eateries that serve international cuisines like Indian, American, Asian, Chinese, European, French, Italian and Japanese. Other international cuisine available throughout UK, particularly London and other big cities include Mediterranean, Spanish, African, Middle Eastern, Thai and Caribbean.
UK has a wide variety of eateries ranging from budget options to splurge ones. Among popular places to eat, restaurants, pubs and take-aways are most preferred. Bakeries, cafes and fast food joints are also found in abundance in major cities like London. Eateries in the motorway service areas are relatively expensive.
Eateries across UK serve all sorts of food including vegetarian, seafood, barbecue, steakhouse and delicatessen. Street food vendors and hawkers are also found along the streets of UK, serving fresh fruits and local cheese. Popular street foods of the country include fish & chips and sausages & sandwiches, among others.