British cuisine hasn’t always been famous for its finesse. Rationing in the 40s and 50s left us very little to cook with. And unfortunately cemented the idea that the Brits simply aren’t that creative in the kitchen. Thankfully, the days of rationing and over-boiled veg are long gone and the UK now offers a veritable feast of fine cuisine.
Along with our love of flavour, the way people in the UK look at food is changing for the better. Brits are becoming more discerning and ethically minded about all aspects of the food chain. This, in turn, is putting the onus on producers to make sure they are sourcing produce responsibly. Farmers’ markets are springing up all over the country as people are starting to investigate where their food comes from and demanding higher quality, ethically produced food.
TAKEAWAY: If you needed any more convincing that British food is great, check this out! In 2016 the UK was producing 350 more varieties of cheese than France. In Britain, we make over 750 different types of cheese, while our French cousins make only around 400.
Finding fresh meat
We are all being told to eat less meat. And the UK’s attitude towards cheap, mass-produced supermarket meat is souring. The message is slowly sinking in that it’s better for our health, and the planet, if we eat meat less often and if when we do we make sure we know the provenance of what’s on our plates. Farmers’ markets and local butchers are excellent places to find responsibly sourced cuts of meat. In both cases, you should be able to ask about the farms the animals were raised on, so you can be sure the meat is local and ethical.
Finding fresh vegetables
Farmers’ markets should be your first port of call for the freshest local veg. But, if you are stuck for time, you now have the option to get fresh produce delivered straight to your door. There are a variety of companies that offer local veg box deliveries and chances are there will be one to suit your taste. Many of them tailor it for you to guarantee you’ll only receive things you will actually use.
Today, it’s easier than ever to find fresh, local food at your doorstep. It doesn’t matter where you are in the country; chances are you won’t have to travel too far to get delicious produce for your next feast, or even just for your everyday essentials.
Want to find out where to get delicious, local food? This guide to the best local eats in the UK will help. Bon appetite!