UK Vacay – The Food!

UK Vacay – The Food!

Today I want to share some of my favorite meals from our trip to England and Scotland.  Poor England has a bad reputation for food, but we really do like most of it.  We’re all about pub grub!

Speaking of pub grub, fish and chips is always a good go-to.

Here is Gene’s fish & chips lunch at the Antlers Bar and Grill in Portree on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.  I chose smoked haddock chowder instead.  Super tasty but not photogenic, that.
We opted for fish (Scottish haddock) & chips again as our last meal in Scotland.  At The Village Rest pub in Luss, Scotland, on Loch Lomond.  Yes, that’s a small dish of mushy peas at the top of the plate.

Jacket potatoes (baked potatoes) are also a reliable choice.

My lunch on a very most rainy afternoon at Loch Ness.  A jacket potato with baked beans and cheese!  SO GOOD!  At a sweet little cafe  in Fort Augustus, Scotland.
This was probably my favorite meal from the whole trip!  A jacket potato with haggis and whiskey sauce!  Y’ALL!!!  This was amazing!  At the tearoom in Inveraray Castle on the west coast of Scotland, on the shore of Loch Fyne.

Let’s go ahead and address the haggis issue!  I decided that I really couldn’t spend a week in Scotland and not at least TRY haggis since it’s considered the national dish!  I know, I know.  It’s supposed to be gross.  Wikipedia helpfully informs us that haggis is a savory dish containing sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal, suet (fat), spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and cooked while traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach though now often in an artificial casing instead. So there’s that.  Still, I tried just a little bit at breakfast one morning, and I thought it was really good!  It has a peppery kick!  The whiskey sauce adds an extra level of YUM.

NOW!!!  Now let’s talk about breakfast!

This is a full English/Scottish breakfast!  Or part of it anyway!  I selected beans, mushrooms, potatoes, bacon, and an egg.  I could also have added sausage, roasted tomatoes, fried bread, and black pudding.  In addition to all this we could have porridge, toast, yogurt, granola, crumpets, and several other items!  And tea or coffee, of course!  This is why we tended to eat only breakfast and then an early dinner.  This was at The Warrener pub in Thetford, England.
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At The Minster Hotel in York, England I opted for dippy eggs (soft boiled), soldiers (toast sticks), and potatoes.  Soldiers are for dipping into the eggs.  Note to self:  buy some egg cups so I can have this at home.

I’ll wrap up today’s post with a dose of real life!

The wonderful thing about meals in Europe?  They take time.  You’re expected to enjoy the meal without rushing.  Sometimes though, you just need to snag a quick bite of food, and that’s when McDonald’s comes into play!  On this particular morning we were having a bit of a laundry dilemma, and we also needed to get on the road.  Tempers *might* have been running a little high!  Comfort food was needed.  McDonald’s Cheesy Bacon Flat Bread to the rescue!  At the Harlow-Hastingwood McDonald’s on the M11/A414 junction.

I hope you’ve enjoyed Part 1 of our food stories!  Tomorrow I’ll share some fun food finds with you!

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4 thoughts on “UK Vacay – The Food!

  1. I remember teaching the kids about haggis in the library when we were reading a book set in Scotland. All of us were quite disgusted at the ingredients. But I believe you when you say it was quite good. Somehow reminds me of mincemeat…the old fashioned kind.

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