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British Cuisine Menus

In our role as Tampa’s premier printer for restaurants, we keep our finger on the pulse of marketing for restaurants.  Hopefully, you will be able to take some tidbits away from this article on marketing British cuisine, and maybe even adapt it to your style of restaurant.

British cuisine seems to suffer from bad press. When you compare the simple homespun fare and plain preparation of most traditional British foods pales to French haute cuisine.  It’s  not uncommon for food critics to sound almost apologetic when writing about traditional British dishes, as if there were something shameful in enjoying a good, thick joint of beef with Yorkshire pudding.  If they speak in glowing terms at all, it is a nod to the clever naming of British foods, where dishes like bubble and squeak and spotted dick appear on restaurant menus.

For all the snickering and apologetic references, British cuisine at its best is hearty, delicious, that fueled a nation that influenced the entire world. There is no other nation in the world that does a roast of beef to such perfection, nor any better accompaniment to the succulent meat than a puffed, piping hot Yorkshire pudding prepared in its drippings,  Few  cuisines have a dessert that can compare with the pure heaven that is a well made trifle or treacle tart.

British cuisine is a blending of the practical with the nutritious. Some say it’s unimaginative which may be because the food seems to need a little imagination to fancy it up. It is certainly not because the British mind lacks imagination when it comes to food.  The common names for everyday meals sometimes require a translator just so you’ll know what’s on your plate.  A walk through a restaurant take-away menu offers such dishes as mushy peas, steak and kidney pie, fish and chips and bangers and mash.

There are well-known British dishes for eating at each meal. Some of the most popular include:

Breakfast Menu:

A full English country breakfast includes meat, eggs, pancakes or toast and side dishes like hash and bangers and mash. Its hearty fare, the sort that is set on the table for dinner in most other cultures. It often includes leftovers from last nights dinner, diced and fried together with seasonings and butter, sometimes called country hash.

Tea Menu:

The tradition of mid-afternoon tea is one thats been observed by the British for centuries. Among the most common dishes served at mid-afternoon tea are finger-foods like crumpets with jam and clotted cream, dainty watercress sandwiches and scones with raisins or dried fruits.

Sunday Dinner Menu:

The Sunday dinner has a long tradition as being a family occasion the one meal of the week at which all family members gathered. A roast joint of meat beef, lamb, pork or chicken is nearly a requirement, and it is served with a potato and vegetable, and very often accompanied by Yorkshire pudding.

Puddings and custards feature prominently in British cuisine. Baked, boiled or steamed, puddings are usually made with suet and breading, and studded with dried fruits and nuts. One of the most popular and delightful British desserts is the trifle, and there are nearly as many variations as there are cooks. The base is a sponge cake, often left over from another meal. Soaked in Madeira or port, it is layered in a dish with custard, jam, fruits and Jell-O and topped with whipped cream. The end result is a delicious mlange that is features all that is good about British cookery plain, practical cooking that is meant to fill the belly and satisfy the taste buds.

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