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Are you planning a trip to the UK and want to ensure that you experience all of the incredible food this region has to offer? Or are you a native to London, Belfast, or Edinburgh and are looking for a new and exciting suggestion around the block?
Here are a few absolute must-visits in the United Kingdom that will impress even the most well-traveled foodies.
- Wright Brothers, Spitalfields, London
This fish joint is a recent addition to the Spitalfields area but has become wildly successful with locals who crave their fresh shellfish. Wright Brothers incorporate elements of Italian cooking into their dishes that make for a more unique seafood experience than a normal fish and chips pub. The deep-fried olives, in particular, are a unique appetizer that is incredibly flavorful.
With a wide selection of fresh oysters, shrimp, and interesting types of fish, this is the place to go for seafood in East London.
- Castles’ Pie and Mash, Camden, London
Anyone seeking traditional UK food should choose Castles’ over other choices for their to-die-for pies. Locals claim this pie and mash joint reminds them of fond memories growing up with similar traditional restaurants that have since been closed down and is a favorite spot among locals and tourists who learned where to seek great British food. They only really offer pies and mash, but they’re the best at it.
Their fresh pies baked every morning are always sold out by 11:30 am. Open since the 1930’s, this is one of the last authentic pie shops that has managed to avoid being a tourist trap.
- The Hidden Hut, Cornwall
If the name isn’t enticing enough, this eatery offers delicious quintessential Cornish food. This place maintains a buzz carried on by locals, which always spreads to eager tourists that flood this restaurant during the summer months.
The Hidden Hut is unique in that they’re popular for their quick lunches of salads and soups, but for more dedicated eaters they splurge on what they call feast nights, which are large outdoor events that serve specialty dishes and themed treats such as barbequed shellfish pulled straight from the water.
Feast nights always have a communal aspect and will remind you that dining out is not just about the food, but also companionship.
- The Kitchin, Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh’s is flooded with amazing restaurants, and The Kitchin is no exception. The Kitchin is famous for robust sauces, plentiful portions, and flavorful dishes. It has a relaxed energy without pretension but food to match its reputation.
Try the Isle of Barra razon clams with chorizo and vegetables. It’s served in the shell!
- Howard Street, Belfast
This is another new restaurant with a contemporary interior that emits both an elegant and comforting vibe. There’s nothing intimidating about the energy of this place – all of the staff are extremely friendly and accommodating and it feels like you’re stepping into a family establishment when you eat at Howard Street.
The dishes are eclectic with some being traditional Irish dishes and others Asian delights. Chef Marty Murphy spent time overseas in Thailand and brought back expertly crafted recipes for his customers. One unique dish is their large scallop with black pudding – you’ll never taste anything else like it.
- The Hardwick, Wales
This is a restaurant run by a chef who really cares about his cuisine, with an interior that’s open, contemporary, and cool. Each dish is presented with craft as if time stopped for the cooking team to assemble your dish perfectly.
Try the white pork or fish, which always comes with an assortment of refreshing seasonal vegetables.
Because the United Kingdom is such a large region, there are many restaurants that couldn’t fit into this top six. It’s worth checking out a trusted source such HMC Halal for Halal restaurants, or the HappyCow vegan food finder, for those with specialist diets visiting the UK. Enjoy all of the wonderful restaurants the UK has to offer!