The English get recognition for a lot of things—the Beatles, some of the best Romantic poets, losing the American Revolution…but something most people overlook and even scoff at is English food. During a recent trip to
After waking up very early and flying out of
The next morning
After a visit to the National Portrait Gallery,
That night we hit the pubs with
London Pride is brewed by Fuller’s who describes the beer as “a smooth and astonishingly complex beer with a distinctive malty base complemented by a rich balance of well-developed hop flavors.” Yum. Hard cider, such as Strongbow, is also usually available on tap at pubs. It’s bubbly, sweet, and contains more alcohol than you would expect! Cider is little too sweet for me in general but definitely a nice treat on occasion.
The next morning we had late start and decided to go right for lunch. Tara and Allie took me to one of their favorite spots—Indian Veg. It was a vegetarian Indian buffet that was delicious and, most importantly, cheap. The cost of living can run pretty high in
We spent the afternoon at the
That night it was her majesty’s mojitos, a fight club reenactment, and a dance party to music by the Beatles, Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, and Jackson 5 at The Old Blue Last. Enough said.
The next morning Tara and I woke up early for a day trip to
When we arrived in Winchester Tara got a sandwich at a shop called the Earl of Sandwich. The bread was fresh and tasty with a generous portion of cheese, brie I believe, and greens.
We were in
Then we continued to explore the town, visiting Winchester Cathedral where Jane Austen is buried. They also have an amazingly creepy crypt and a monument to a scuba diver who saved the cathedral from collapsing.
Sunday, my last full day in
Allie joined us and we headed off in search of a pub where we could get a Sunday roast. We finally found one at Dirty Dick’s. We simply couldn’t resist eating at a restaurant with that name! Being a bit full from the snacking at Sunday Market, we went for the child-size portion of the Sunday roast, which came with beef, Yorkshire pudding, vegetables, and potatoes cooked in the drippings of the roast—so traditional and so good. The best part was the Yorkshire pudding, which is a puff pastry that is cooked in a tin beneath the roast so it can catch all the delicious drippings.
Next we headed for a lazy walk around Hyde Park and then to
We finally arrived in Chelsea and found the location of the tea room, only to find out that it was about to close and that we had to pay a pretty high fee to get into the garden so we could access the tea room. We opted to find another location for afternoon tea. Luckily there was a beautiful little spot on a pleasant
That night the three of us spent the night walking along the River Thames. The city was glorious in the evening—calm and beautiful with just a slight chill in the air. We sat by the river drinking wine and eating crackers with brie and simply soaking in the magic of