The 23rd September is the start of British Food Fortnight – a celebration of the best of British food, of which there is certainly plenty. In honour of the culinary celebration we had a look into some of the most weird and wonderful regional dishes from across the UK and Ireland, including places you may cruise past on your narrow boating holiday in the UK, and mapped the tasty treats into our Food Tour of UK and Ireland map – making it easy to find where your taste buds want to travel next.
When exploring the array of regional dishes across the UK and Ireland of course many of our old favourites popped up – Cornish pasties, Yorkshire puddings, Eton Mess – but we also discovered a whole bunch of unique local delicacies we have never even heard of before, that we suspect might just become our new favourites.
Bolton’s pasty barm got the entire office’s stomach rumbling, double carbs – who can resist? While the veggies among us are keen to try Wales’ Glamorgan sausages, a popular twist on sausages made from cheese, breadcrumbs and of course, leeks. Cornwall’s unusual stargazy pie – a traditional pie featuring pilchard heads popping up from the pastry – was a major talking point too, we think it’s definitely a must-try when in the area. Across the border in Scotland there’s also a delicious selection of seafood on offer from hearty Cullen skink to Arbroath smokies – that is if you’re not too full up from the nation’s beloved macaroni pie.