Modern taste of britain FOOD TOUR
Inspired by the world of flavours found in Britain, many local Brits are creating their own spectacular eateries, where they can show off their local ingredients, local dishes, and British culinary skills. The movement to keep ingredients sustainable and local is taking over Britain and this tour aims to explore the “Modern Tastes of Britain” from the farmers in the market to the shops to the actual locales that are coming up with these fabulous new gastronomic concepts.
BRITISH FOOD – TAKING FLAVOURS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Britain hasn’t always had the best reputation for gourmet cooking. Aside from Tea, Beer and Fish & Chips, many visitors to London don’t even know what to consider “British Food”! For many years, Brits themselves haven’t really fussed too much about taking a strong interest in “Traditional” or “Local” food trends like other countries around the world. As a result, no other country welcomes international food with the enthusiasm of Great Britain. Everywhere you look, you can see rich varieties of world flavours – Britain truly has it all. However, FOOD has become one of the biggest trends in the UK – changing the entire culinary scene.
As much as Brits enjoy eating the flavours of the world, a new wave of fabulous restaurants are opening with incredible concepts – and they are 100% BRITISH! The international influence in food has led to an incredible new-found British interest in creating their own culinary fusions, causing many foodies to take traditional international recipes to the next level with local flare. On this tour, you will discover this local flare on a number of levels – starting in the markets and finishing in one of London’s most incredible British chocolate shops.
KEEPING IT LOCAL AND SUSTAINABLE
The Modern Taste of Britain Tour is going to show you how keeping it Local and Sustainable is more important now than ever before in the UK. At the heart of Eating in Britain, is the concept of keeping things “local and sustainable”. Probably due to the many years of bad press about Britain’s food, there is a HUGE interest in the concept of buying and selling foods that are not only local, but also sustainable. Many shops are so skilled in the products that they sell, that they can even tell you which farm it came from, how it was grown and many other details that consumers now want to know. No longer do people want to be kept in the dark on what they consume – they want total transparency. Even on a mass level, this trend is driving big supermarkets to re-examine what they are selling so that now you can even find the details of where your produce is coming from labelled on the bag – and more and more of those products are coming from the UK.
FROM FARM TO TABLE – OUR BRITISH GASTRONOMIC ADVENTURE AROUND LONDON
The Farm To Table concept is something that is taking over the world from North America to Europe. Our tour is meant to show this process, starting with the products. We will have a lovely BRITISH breakfast at a British restaurant that is so proud of their farm to table roots that they can proudly brag that every single thing in their restaurant is 100% British. Then, we will wander into Borough Market – where you will have time to explore the market after we do a few tastings together and meet some local producers. We will finish our market experience with an English wine tasting.
After the market, we will take the tube together over to Mayfair – the home of fabulous, posh restaurants – where we will see a number of historic culinary establishments that are still thriving after 100s of years. We will do a brief stop in the famous Fortnum & Mason, before heading to London’s oldest cheese shop – where we will do an English cheese tasting. After the cheese-tasting, we will head into Soho – The Restaurant Headquarters of London – to see how British-owned restaurants are taking over this famous, old borough. To really get the full experience of how products go from Farm to Table, we will stop in a hidden courtyard, where we will do a tasting of English craft beer and English tapas. And the grande finale of the tour will be our visit to one of the most famous English chocolate shops in Soho, where we will try some award-winning chocolate truffles.