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This post is one for the foodies among us – food is a huge part of the travel experience. Every flavour, every taste contributes to the memories we hold long after the visit is over. Whether we're visiting Thailand, Italy or Mexico – each location prides itself on the unique flavours that they have to offer. But we don't have to go abroad to enjoy amazing food, the UK has such a fantastic culinary scene with so many top chefs and amazing independent restaurants. Whether you're trying out a new bistro, visiting a food market or picking up street food. There's something to inspire all palettes and – most importantly – all budgets.
Top 5 UK experiences for foodies
Enjoy British favourite – afternoon tea
Britain's favourite tradition is the classic afternoon tea. Tiny sandwiches with smoked salmon, cream cheese and a dash of dill. Fresh scones, warm from the oven with clotted cream and strawberry jam. All washed down with endless cups of tea, or maybe even a glass of bubbles. It makes my tummy rumble just thinking about it. If a classic afternoon tea isn't quite your cup of tea – why not try one of the rather more creative interpretations that put a unique twist on the tradition? Over the years I've tried a Glam Rock inspired afternoon tea and a Peter Rabbit-themed one, but I've heard of lots of other amazing ones.
Explore the best food markets
If you're visiting a new city, a great way to get the full foodie experience is to tour the best food markets. I had a fantastic day out when I took a foodie tour of London Bridge. My sister and I decided to explore some fab local places including the Metropolitan Market and Borough Market. They're some of my favourite places to explore and try new foods – they also have lots of great tasters available.
Discover amazing independent restaurants
There are so many amazing ones to choose from across the UK, from those run by the top chefs, to little local bistros and cafés. Do your research before you travel and you could discover some little known gems. I always like to look up popular local haunts and read the restaurant reviews to gauge whether I will enjoy the food. Atmosphere and table service places a huge part in making a place memorable. Don't forget to take a look at the pubs – the UK is the only place where you can have a true pub experience with a roaring fire and hearty home cooking. Some of my favourite local foodie places in Norfolk include Cookie's Crab Shack and The Orange Tree.
Pick up your favourite street food
There are so many fantastic street food stalls in the UK and this can be a great way to dine out on a budget. If your wallet can't stretch to Michelin stars, it doesn't mean you have to scrimp on flavour. Instead you can get creative by heading to street food parks or even food festivals as I mention below. Check out the ultimate Street Food Guide for the UK here.
Why not go to a food festival?
Visiting a food festival is the perfect way to spend a day out and to get to try so many different food stalls. These could range from the budget cafes and stands, to stalls for high class restaurants and top chefs. They also often have entertainment such as life cook-alongs, meet the chefs and lots of tasters! I've been lucky enough to go to quite a few across Norfolk. London and at music festivals such as Secret Garden Party. Highly recommend! Check out the best UK food festivals in 2020 here.