Ignoring the unusual snow blizzard outside my window, winter is technically on its last legs. I’m thinking about spring and summer; where to travel and what to eat. There’s something about the sun that makes my appetite more adventurous; goodbye soups and stews. Here are 3 options of great UK and Ireland cities for dining. Chosen for their wide variety, high-quality and great recommendations.
In the past decade or so, Dublin’s culinary scene has been on the rise. There are the typical BBQ and grill joints, hearty Irish classics, as well as great Asian fusion restaurants like Opium. They offer traditional Asian cuisine done in a distinctly British style.
What I found was a newly energised city rich not only with jovial cheer, but also an abundance of artisan offerings and a creative, literary spirit – Ratha Tep
For vegans like me, plant-based food is everywhere. Think meat-free burgers, pancakes with agave and cinnamon, and bakeries that are filled with cruelty-free delights.
The capital city is the perfect place for a weekend break. I have been to just about every location in London and I still feel that I haven’t seen it all. You can always wonder and never get bored. That’s the same with their food; the ongoing bustle of bars, cafes and cuisines.
Some of the biggest chains in the country started out in London, so it’s a great opportunity to visit the original premises of some of your favourite restaurants. You can check out sites like v london city to find the best ones for you.
I’ve been walking around London for the last thirty years, and I find something fresh in it every day – Walter Besant
If you’re feeling fancy and want to dine high-end, you can book somewhere like The Ledbury. Two Michelin stars and voted no.27 on the worlds 50 best restaurants in 2017. London itself is not just considered one of the best cities for dining; it’s considered one of the best in the world.
As London is known for being cosmopolitan, every dietary requirement is catered for. Camden and Shoreditch are a vegan’s paradise. What the Pitta – vegan kebab shop, has just opened in Camden and Shoreditch has Mooshies – the vegan burger bar.
With spring ahead and summer a distance behind, my favourite is heading down to the South Bank and sampling street food pop ups. They are usually both affordable and filling.
If you want great food without the price tag (and not a typical chain) Soho is perfect. Brasserie Zédel for example, has a beautiful decor, with two French courses for just under £10.
Brighton is the getaway seaside destination for Londoners who need a break from parks. It’s established itself as a wonderful seaside and as an ultimate food hotspot in the country.
It’s no surprise that there are countless seafood eateries and a galore of fish and chips. That’s only one side however.
I felt Brighton was a perfect ending to a really interesting career – Harold Budd
The city is home to some delicious, modern eateries like 64 Degrees. They have recently expanded with a new location in London. Their simple menu focuses on mastering classic dishes with the chef’s own twist.
Places like The Coal Shed also have a great focus on creating delicious food using local, ethically sourced ingredients. If you head to Brighton, you’ll find all of the same great dining experiences that you can find in larger places like London, though it won’t cost anywhere near as much. Perfect if you’re travelling on a budget.
What would you vote as one of the best cities in UK and Ireland for dining? And what’s your ideal restaurant? If you loved this post, read: A Life in Portugal with Tatianna
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