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Pub Food in London

A picture of a typical London pub.


English pubs can be found everywhere in the world, which is not surprising. The elegant wooden furniture, good ales on tap and a friendly atmosphere is all any pub-goer can ask for. But some, mostly those in the "motherland" offer more than a place to enjoy a quality beverage.

For several centuries pub food has prevented people going hungry while enjoying their friends' company next to a pint - and due to the usually salty and/or dry nature of them - help bartenders sell more ale.

So let's see what is worthy to try when in a traditional English pub.
Pork cracklings is probably one of the most ancient food to accompany the ales of England. It is pork skin fried until most of the fat leaves it, and this gives us a crusty but - when it's done right - easy to chew bits of salty cracklings. They go well with ale and since they still retain some of the fat they serve as ideal coaster as well.
Brine eggs are not for everyone, but those who can enjoy it do love it a lot. Basically they are hard boiled eggs put in a marinade that consists of vinegar, salt, pepper, mustard seeds, garlic and onion - but for sure a lot of people will disagree with me, since most pubs have their own special recipe. After the eggs are boiled and peeled they put them in a big jar, fill it up with the marinade and leave them for a week. Then the brine eggs are ready to be put out at the bar, and in lot of places the guests can take them for free. Of course this might need a bit of courage to do so since it is hard to say how long the eggs are standing there at a place you are not a regular at.


After microwaves became more popular, the pub foods started to increase in variety (and decrease in quality according to some), and one of my personal favourites, Scottish egg was added to the repertoire. This is an egg (sometimes half an egg) coated in minced pork meat and covered with breadcrumbs. Then they are deep fried in oil (and later probably re-heated in the microwave).

Pies also found their ways to the pubs, and by now a lot of places offer steak and ale pie (a buttery dough filled with beef stewed in ale), steak and kidney pie or shepherd's pie (a layer of minced meat, peas, carrots and mashed potatoes baked with beef stock) and some other meals that are easy heat up without the quality suffering too much.
While English pub food might not win the hearts of those looking for healthy meals, they are definitely a great companion for a pint of ale, and to get the true "pub experience", trying them is highly recommended.