Whether you live in England or are visiting for the vacation, you are going to have to eat at some point or another. That’s always a dreaded question when out and about. The choices, the costs, and what if you get it wrong. You spent all that money, and for what? That’s what you will be asking yourself if you skip this post!
These five foods will save your budget, fill you up, and keep you coming back again.
- Bacon and butter sandwiches. These seemingly unhealthy lunch staples are in fact quite filling. Bacon, butter, and fresh baked bread will leave you wondering how something so simple could taste so good. At $3 and 210 calories a sandwich, your stomach and your wallet will thank you. Add crisps (that’s the English word for potato chips, since they call French fries chips) for less than a dollar if you are feeling extra hungry.
- Beans, bangers and mash: the quintessential pub food. This dish will set you back less if you eat it at lunch instead of at dinner. Like all restaurants, food goes up in price at night. Better to have a light dinner and your lunch out. At about $15 a plate and 1000 calories this is best split between two people. You can also bring this back to your hotel and have it for breakfast the next day like a true Englishman.
- Chicken Vindaloo is a dish not to be missed. If you choose the right place, a vindaloo will only set you back about $10 and 800 calories. That makes it both an iconic and delicious lunch. Finding an authentic Indian eatery is the hard part. Indian places in England are like Chinese restaurants in America. Some are good, some are bad, most are mediocre and exist because there is a neighborhood nearby.
- Gelato or artesian ice-cream is one of those important taste bud experiences you do not want to miss because of a tight budget. The best chocolate-mint ice cream I’ve ever had in my entire life was from a little gelato place on a back alley in Bath, England. I wouldn’t have that memory if I hadn’t splurged both on price and calories. The average gelato is $5 and 500 calories. So, build these into your budget. Skip lunch and have an ice-cream instead. You won’t be disappointed.
- Pasties: these English pastries are the calzones of England. Not to be confused with the un-editable product by the same name. You can eat these handheld gems. They contain pot pie fillings. Lamb and mint, chicken and carrots, veggie, beef and potato, just to name a few. Delicious, portable, and available on every street corner. At $2 a pop and only 375 calories, you can have one and get full. The problem? They come in so many flavors you might want more than one.
Can’t wait until your English trip to try out some of these foods? Crips (their version of chips are about the only truly English food we can get over here. I get my fix from here. Have a favorite food in England that you lived on? Post it in the comments and I’ll add it to the list when I update!