Great Britain’s food has traditionally suffered a fairly negative reputation amongst our international neighbours. And compared to French delicacies, the standard Sunday roast is hardly likely to change our European friends’ impressions that UK food is stodgy, tasteless and uninspiring.
But whilst there have been plenty of quips about UK cuisine in the 21st century, it’s clear that things are changing. This is because there’s been a wave of cutting-edge restaurants who’ve been bolstered by the concepts of healthy eating and eating local produce to help deliver a long-overdue culinary renaissance in the UK.
Perhaps it’s the sheer volume of celebrity chefs and cooking programmes on our televisions, but it seems as though we’re all turning a little ‘foodie’.
Obviously it’s our capital city that manages to attract plenty of food fans, with famous West End restaurants like J Sheekey and Bentley’s catering to high-brow food connoisseurs. But it’s thanks to sheer creativity that delightful foodie towns like Ludlow in Shropshire and Malton in North Yorkshire are popping up all over the map.
Not only is Loch Aline on the west coast of Scotland a delightful location, but the fresh ingredients and precisely tailored menu has helped the tiny Whitehouse Restaurant become a national award-winner.
Maybe it’s because we’re starting to place a greater emphasis on fresh and locally sourced produce that we’re coming to the realisation that bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to modern restaurants.
And with online firms like Deliveroo starting to offer a delivery service to even smaller restaurants, it’s helped bring about a fresh wave of culinary creation that shows off the best of what the UK has to offer.
The sheer diversity of the UK’s food revolution is something that really impresses. With an estimated 12,000 curry houses being joined across the nation by a near-endless range of establishments offering everything from Chinese to Thai, and Jamaican to Mexican food, it’s clear that our country’s cosmopolitan nature is one of our greatest assets.
This is because it’s the smaller food outlets that offer not only fascinating new cuisines, but they also provide something of an alternative to the restaurant chains like Nando’s and Wagamama that have become a more generic feature of many of our high streets.
So although the UK has long been seen as something of a culinary wasteland, thanks to the constant innovation of our chefs, the diversity of our cuisines, and the assistance of firms like Deliveroo, we can all enjoy the fruits of the UK food revolution.