In the 8 years I have lived away from the UK there has been a revolution in the foodscape of the UK. Knowing that I love good food, friends and family have indulged my gastronomic interest giving me many highlights on this trip.
The supermarkets, high streets and restaurants are a cornucopia of food, drinks and eateries. Even the train buffet announcements were enticing (they now have travelling chefs). It’s not hard to see why people may over eat when there are so many options, such wide availability and prices to suit most pockets.
Chic cafes rub shoulders with high street chain coffee shops while mainstream bakers butt up against artisan bakeries and patisseries. Fish mongers, butchers and fromageries are making a come back and supermarkets are getting in on the back to traditional food trends.
There are noticeably less sushi shops in the UK than in Wellington although I think that may change soon as Japanese style fast food joints are opening up stations and high streets.
I have plans to write a full blog post of some of my eating and food shopping experiences but I was pretty impressed with the choice on offer. What was noticeable though was the low carb and no wheat ranges that are so prevalent in New Zealand supermarkets and cafes. Needless to say I shall have to get back on that bandwagon when I am back home.