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Crisps, Chips and Cottage Pies

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You hear people joke about the food in England.  How it’s…well, bad.  I must say we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of food in Dorking, London and Kettering. Mostly because it was something different and, in many cases, something ethnic that isn’t easy to come by in Cayman.  On our first day in England, we had to stay awake after a 22-hour journey to avoid getting jet-lagged.  Our friend Debbie (you remember her from the bar dancing in NYC) knew just how to keep us moving.

Wine.

And food.

Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking offers fantastic food, lovely wine and an outstanding view with your meal.  We started with air dried Cumbrian ham and a celeriac remoulade.  Debbie and Clark Kent both had the roast darne of salmon, char grilled asparagus with new potatoes and hollandaise. I settled on the pork fillet wrapped in parma ham with dates, soft polenta and a red wine and star anise reduction.  Dessert was a chocolate teardrop with white chocolate mousse and raspberries.

When in England, you must have dinner down the pub at least once.  In Dorking, that’s Watermill Inn.

Debz had the pita plate with hummus, tzatziki and a feta salad while CK went about as traditional as you can get with the ‘meat pie sampler.’  I was right behind him with my fish & chips.  Dessert was this glorious apple crumble with cream.  Mmm…

Once in London, we were on the hunt for anything that wasn’t American or Caribbean.  Chinese food was high on the list.  Luckily, after catching The 39 Steps at Piccadilly Circus we were able to walk the two blocks to Chinatown and grab a bite for dinner.

Chicken skewers, wonton soup, sweet and sour chicken and ginger beef noodles.  Not super fantastic, but good enough to give us our ‘fix.’  The sake helped 🙂

Debbie knows I love me some German food, so when she met us in London for dinner I was super happy to learn she’d found us a bierhaus near the Tower of London.

The above dishes are meatballs with fried eggs and potato salad, jagerschnitzel and goulash with spatzle.  To my delight, they even had Kleiner Feigling!  I was instantly transported back to my high school days in Heidelberg when I used to buy 10 of those at the mini-mart and think I was ‘bad ass.’  Good stuff.

After the wedding in Kettering we headed back to London. We hadn’t had enough Indian food to suit us, so we stopped in at Memories of India in Kensington for one last hurrah.  We started with some papadum followed by nan keema, balti lamb and murg curry.

And probably one of the most exciting culinary moments was when Clark Kent and I had our first macarons.

Okay, Jill.  I now see what all the fuss is about!

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32 Comments

  1. Ahh, I moved from the U.K. to the U.S. 10 years ago and miss some of the stuff you tried, great pics and wish my computer had a smellometer,
    Love the blog!!

  2. Love all your food and wine photos! It's such a myth about the “bad food” in England. Maybe it was like that a long time ago, but not in recent years, for sure. They have just as trendy and delicious foods just like us!
    The fish and chips with the avocado dip really looks inviting and yummy…and the German beer to go with it…Yumm!
    Looks like you had a great time in London…that's awesome:DDD

  3. How much fun! We've done just a bit of traveling and I have to say that we've found foods we enjoyed and some we didn't. That's the fun of the adventure. I'm glad you enjoyed yours. 🙂

  4. I for one enjoy British food!! OK, so maybe not the boiled meat, but I love me some scones, fish and chips and cottage pie!! And sticky toffee pudding! Glad you had a blast!!

  5. Well! I live England, and I think the food is just fine actually, but I agree you have to know where to look 🙂

    I quite like the idea of that German place. I am nowhere near London, actually,but I'll stick it on the list!

  6. Wine and food is the answer to EVERYTHING! 😀

  7. Love the food and your macaron looks bigger than usual.

  8. Wowow!!! All the food look great and I bet both of you are having a great time during the trip 🙂

  9. Everything looks really delicious! You had English, German, Chinese and Indian cuisines! Wow! And I have not tried any macaroons yet!

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  11. No Chicken Tikka Masala in London? ;p

  12. I want a bite of that macaron. I want it BAD! YUMMO!

    Looks like a fantastic time…lucky you!

  13. Sounds like you had a great time! Love that you shared all your food photos! Everything looks amazing especially that goulash 🙂

  14. OMG I'm so overly jealous! AND I still have yet to taste my first macaron. Boo 🙁

  15. Wow, everything looks delicious…love the giant mac 😉 Have a wonderful week!

  16. This post made me very hungry and thirsty – everything looks tasty to me!

  17. we just love fish and chips and I have never had a macaroon yet these look great!

  18. What a trip you had!!! I'm so glad that you posted your food travels, I love living vicariously. You “did good”!!
    Love those macarons!! We've just discovered them ourselves… my daughter has told me that pink are the best!

  19. This all sounds and looks quite fabulous! I wouldn't mind inhaling the pita plate with hummus right now. Yum!! What a great post..thanks for sharing your England food adventures!

  20. You're making me homesick!! It all looks SO lovely! So glad you enjoyed England – I grew up quite near Dorking! I really don't understand why the food has such a bad reputation. I love pub grub!
    Mary
    oxo

  21. You guys ate your way through England it seems. I am surprised about the variety of the dishes. Looks like good, fun times 🙂

  22. Making me hungry. Fish and chips are always good and those are some huge macarons!

  23. Glad you had fun! I do love food in England.

  24. I love English food… but I'm from England 😉 You can't beat fish and chips, with mushy peas!

  25. It sounds like you had really great food on your trip. It all looks wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  26. Hehee! I was just thinking, right: must bookmark this page the next time anyone says cheekily in France that you can't eat well in the UK! THEN I saw your last photo. YAY! Clark Kent and you look great in macarons, dahlings!

  27. Oh, boy, did you find some fabulous food on your trip! I'm still waiting for Jill's cookbook to arrive so I can attempt some of my own macarons…and I'm sad to say I've never sampled them! I hope to soon~

  28. Are macaroons really that yummy ;)? I think they look pretty but have never tried them myself so I always wonder about how they taste…

  29. see my country has good eats :-_

  30. Oh, the macarons are looking so yummy, even I want a bite! Hey, great to know that you tried some Indian delicacies too…Lovely pictures. I loved reading the post!
    I have never been to UK, looks like it is a great place for foodies like me!

  31. I haven't been to the UK in ages! It looks like the food was really good after all!!! I am actually quite hungry now after reading the descriptions and looking at all those mouth watering pictures!!! And look at those macarons!!!! 🙂

  32. Yum! The fish and chips with avocado dip looks really tasty!

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