Culinary Adventures in London

England, Food & Wine — By on December 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm
by Tracy Le
Special to Lost Girls

I arrived in London-town laden with my winter luggage, utter excitement and a preconceived notion that English food would leave much to be desired.  But as a self-proclaimed foodie, I was determined to prove otherwise. Exploring the culinary map of London can be an adventure, but here are some tips for finding your path.

english breakfast Breakfast

One word: beans. A familiar vegetable yet unfamiliar aspect to what most expect for breakfast. In England, beans are a key component to the traditional breakfast. The meal, a combination of different flavors will leave you satisfied and ready for a day of traveling. The pieces to the delicious puzzle include ham, sausage, a tomato, beans and two sunny-side up eggs.


London is graced with countless pastry shops and sandwich stores that can supply you with a quick snack or prepared sandwich, but a trip to the great city would not be complete without a taste of the infamous fish and chips. The incredible batter-coated white fish is irresistible and easy to find. Once you’ve received your plate, add salt and vinegar to taste, and enjoy.

Another dish that is a must and perhaps a bit more familiar is bangers and mash. Perfect for a later meal, this traditional English dish embodies the country’s most favored vegetable, potatoes turned into a pile of mashed goodness alongside fresh and savory sausages and herbs. The sausages can either be beef, lamb or venison


After a long day of exploring there’s nothing more filling and comforting than diving into your very own, traditional English potpie. English pies come with a variety of meat fillings including chicken or pork, but I recommend you try the lamb shank potpie. “Shank” simply means how the meat is prepared, braised in rosemary in this case, and pot pie refers to the buttery crust that keeps the piping hot meal in its place.


Everyone is familiar with teatime, and the great relevance of tea in England, but I recommend spending an afternoon indulging in cream tea. This sweet delight is an afternoon snack consisting of black tea, scones and a special Devonshire clotted cream and jam. The key ingredient in the experience is the Devonshire clotted cream. This cream is a combination of ice cream and butter and is surprisingly less sweet than whipped cream. The subtle flavor compliments whatever fruit jam you choose and is otherworldly along side a steaming ‘cuppa.

Navigating through the food culture of England is an easy and exciting culinary adventure, but the most important recommendation for any adventurous lost girl, is to try as many things as possible, seek out the uncommon, and dive in. And make sure include time in your trip to explore Borough Market.

Borough Market

Located on Southwark Street in London, close to the London Bridge tube stop, the market is fresh produce paradise. Stroll passed hundreds of vendors and immerse yourself in the delicious scents of various ethnic foods and freshly prepared baked goods. Whether you’re in the mood for an exciting bite for lunch, or looking for delicious fresh cheeses, olives, wine or cupcakes, you’ll find whatever you seek in Borough Market.


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  • Amy says:

    Just to clarify – “shank” refers to the lamb’s leg, not how the meat is prepared.

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