Following is an excerpt from an article of mine that appeared in the travel website Indian Compass.
In a previous Indian Compass article, I ranted myself silly over why pub food in London is avoidable. And yet, fish & chips, savoury pies, Sunday roast and English breakfast that makes pub food is the closest thing to traditional British cuisine. So not sampling it at all would be a shame.
Here’s some good news. As I discovered recently in a trip around England, pubs outside of London – in the quaint villages and small towns – are infinitely superior to their counterparts in the Capital. Not only is the quality of the food better, the service is so much nicer too.
Most pubs in the big city are not so bothered about the food they serve. Liquor sales is what keeps their cash counters running. In contrast, in smaller towns, pubs are the local hangouts for locals to get together in the evening or over a weekend for a few drinks followed by a meal.
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