The coastline of Britain stretches almost 8,000 miles. From Land’s End at the Southernmost tip to John O’Groats in Northern Scotland, there is a vast and wondrous nation to be discovered and enjoyed. Each region of the UK is distinctly different from the other. Despite the untrue notion that British food is bland and tasteless, the UK is a foodie’s dream.
The serene waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel offer a seafood bounty for the refined palette. At the same time, Whitby’s wild cod and mackerel make the best fish and chips in the land. In between, the hearty livestock of the West Country and the North offer fine dining and rugged peasant meals, each just as tasty as the other.
Towards Land’s End and the southernmost tip of the UK, you can enjoy some of the most stunning sites the coast has to offer. There are many Cornish holiday homes in the region. Many of which are a short distance from tranquil and pristine beaches. The beaches and waters around the South West of Britain are so clean that they attract dolphins, whales and puffins. Additionally, many local chefs, such as Rick Stein, often source their fish, crab and other shellfish straight from the surrounding Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel.
Speaking of British seafood, it doesn’t get much better than the catches of Whitby in the North East. The fishermen are so adept at catching cod and mackerel throughout the waters of Saltwick Bay that they supply a large area of Britain. Naturally, therefore, the fish and chips shops and restaurants around the area offer the best in the country. But, of course, Whitby is also famous for being the setting of the seminal horror classic Dracula. To the south of Whitby lies the famous Scarborough, and both are a short distance from North York Moors National Park and North Riding Forest.
The North of England and the UK is distinctly different from the mild and meek manner of the south. Filled with rugged terrain, a harsher climate and an industrial city, these parts of Britain are steeped in tradition. Liverpool’s amazing “Scouse” stew is not to be passed up if offered. The Northern Powerhouse is where the Industrial Revolution began, and no more so than the coasts, river inlets and docklands of Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. Today, these cities offer unique insights into their historically industrious significant pasts with the many cultural and historical museums that litter them.
Known as the West Country, this glorious part of the UK boasts some of the richest farmland in the nation. If Wales is known as the breadbasket of Britain, then the West Country is the meat pot. Some of the most amazingly reared livestock are to be found here. The lamb and beef from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire are so good they are EU PGI protected. As is the famous cheddar, of course. Additionally, the rolling hills are home to picturesque towns and cities, all supplied by local producers. Restaurants and pubs love nothing more than welcoming newcomers and visitors to sample their delicious foods and recipes.