15. Tesco Rashers

The English have great junk food. I went into Tesco on a mission to find unique flavo(u)rs of Kettle Chips/Crisps that we didn’t have at home. While I didn’t find those, I discovered the joy that is Tesco’s Bacon Rashers.

These rashers are light and crispy and delicious. They are very flavorful, filling your mouth with pork-flavored goodness with every bite. I’m pretty picky with faux-bacon flavor, having several scarring incidents with bacon bits in my youth. But these were quite tasty, and even if I burped up the flavor a few hours later, it wasn’t unpleasant.


14. McVitie’s Digestives

We brought back five packages of McVitie’s Digestives two months ago. One biscuit remains. We purchased three of the dark chocolate, and two of the milk chocolate, and they survived the plane trip home unbroken (thanks, scarves!). Both types of sweets feature a wheat cookie base, topped with milk or dark chocolate. They are equally delicious. And apparently there’s something called Hobnobs that I need to investigate as well.

According to World Market, they are called digestives because the high amount of baking soda was believed to aid in digestion. So, instead of thinking of McVitie’s as dessert, think of them as healthy snacks. (Also, unlike Activa or FiberOne, you can eat a lot of them in one sitting and not have to be sitting in the bathroom for an extended period of time later.)

6. Island Grill

Island Grill is located in the Lancaster London hotel. They have great service and delicious food. When we first arrived, I had a goat cheese tart with sweet potatoes, carmelized onions, and capers, and it was extraordinary–just enough food to be filling, but savory with every bite.

The servers were very attentive, checking in on us to make sure everything was OK, but not hovering.

They also had free WiFi, which was very helpful for us as we had our phones in airplane mode the whole time so we didn’t get smacked with international roaming charges. We were able to check any e-mails we’d missed and plot our next move.

5. Le Gourmet Brasserie

Almost every day, we ate breakfast at Le Gourmet Brasserie on Praed Street near Paddington Station. They offered many traditional English breakfast items, but they also specialized in Middle Eastern food. A young woman and a middle-aged man worked behind the counter, and by the time we left, they knew our faces and our order: salmon and eggs with brown toast, with a diet Coke for my husband and water for me. The food was delicious, quick, and cheap, and service was friendly.

3. Meat pie

I had the best meat pie of my life the last night we were in London. It was at the Sir Alexander Fleming pub near Paddington Station.

The pie was called the Moo Pie, and I almost didn’t have it. I was swayed by the Heidi Pie, which contained goat cheese and sweet potato, but they were out, so the Moo Pie was my Plan B.

Every bite was savory and delicious. It paired very well with my Fuller’s London Pride. The crust was flaky, the meat was tender, and the sauce both inside and out was a thing of joy. I dream of a few meals, and this is one of them.