Renowned the world over, the British pub is famous for its beer, ale and good food. Tourists and locals alike can enjoy the rich offerings of traditional pub-grub. Pubs have been serving food since its inception, but they originally only served small snack foods.
Nowadays, gastropubs and bar-restaurants serve a much more sophisticated range of dishes. The Barn Pub & Restaurant, for example, offers everything from American burgers to exotic Cypriot halloumi salads. Despite the exciting new flavours, the majority of pub goers still prefer traditional tavern food. They will always be a favourite on the British pub menu.
Snack foods will always be a mainstay of pub grub. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Crisps – Simple, salted potato crisps
- Pork scratchings – Crisp, roasted pork rind
- Pickled eggs – Hard-boiled eggs cured in vinegar or brine
- Cockles – Cockles have been around for a very long time. Served with vinegar or lemon, many pub goers eat cockles raw. They can also be steamed or boiled.
- Black pudding – A thick blood sausage with suet, blood and oatmeal
Pubs serve full meals in addition to the snacks. Traditional food items include:
- Fish and chips – Lightly battered fish, fried and served with chips. Gained popularity in England in the 19th century.
- Bangers and mash – Sausages with creamy mashed potatoes
- Shepherd’s pie – A rich meat pie with a crust of mash. Traditionally uses leftover Sunday roast.
- Ploughman’s lunch – The quintessential English cold meal. Consists of cheese, pickle and some bread.
- Steak and ale pie – Another meat pie, this time made with steak, vegetables and strong ale.
Food will always be an important part of a pub’s trade. Sometimes, a pie and a pint with some good mates are all that is needed after a long day at work.