Restaurant – A place you go to to have a meal, normally there is a little quiet music and waiters come to your table to take your order. Some places use a buffet style. This will be self service.
Coffee Shop . For example, Starbucks. A place where you can have a coffee and a piece of cake. Maybe they sell sandwiches but not full meals. Normally you order and pay as you buy at the counter (mostrador)
Traditional English Pub. They normally open at 11am and serve food all day. You can eat typical English food like fish and chips, curry and on a Sunday they have roast dinners. You can come here to just have a drink and watch the football too. Last orders are at 11pm and they close at 11:30pm.
Bar / Cocktail Bar. Here you can order a selection of spirits, wine, beer or cocktails. Normally they open in the afternoon and stay open until 2 or 3am. It is usually a mature atmosphere with nice music in the background. The prices are more expensive than pubs and there is no food on the menu but maybe peanuts!
Nightclub or Disco. Here the people come to drink and dance. There is very loud music and the drinks are normally expensive. With big clubs it is normal to pay 10 pounds or more to get in. There is normally a live DJ and they stay open until 6am.
Eating in the UK
Fast Food (Drive Thru)
Take Away Food
Anyone who has been to the UK will know that a lot of people eat take away food. Especially:
English and American culture includes a lot of fast food, like
Burger King or
Also, after nights out it is very common to buy a kebab! But it is not very healthy.
Fish and Chips!
Every tourist who goes to the North of England should try the traditional Fish and Chips. The most normal way to eat it is wrapped in newspaper, sitting on the beach! (hopefully not in the rain!)
“ Drive Thru”
It literally means a form of ordering and picking up food where you “drive through” the restaurant without getting out of your car. It is very typical in the USA but in England and in Spain it is only Mcdonalds that offer this service.
English can be lazy cooks. There are a huge variety of Microwave meals on the market at very economical prices which allows families to save time and money on their cooking.
However, some people say that it is very unhealthy.
You heat up the whole box and voilá a meal!
In a Restaurant
In the UK, the idea of Tapas does not really exist. When we go out it is more typical that we choose from a large menu but we rarely share our food. In some places it is even considered rude to take food from someone elses plate!
Enjoy your meal!
What would you like to start with?
A Starter in England is the first plate. It is usually a bowl of soup, a prawn cocktail, paté or salad.
And for your main course?
The main course is a big plate of your choice. A very traditional option would be Roast Beef with vegetables, Yorkshire Pudding and Gravy.Yum!
And for dessert?
The English LOVE their puddings or desserts. There are a wide range of hot and cold puddings and everyone has their favourite. Because it is colder in The UK a lot of people have sponge puddings with custard (a hot, egg, sugar and vanilla based sauce) We also use a lot of berries and fruit in tarts and cold mousses.
I don’t have any cutlery.
Could you bring me a knife/fork/spoon?
Waiter, there is a fly in my soup!!
My food is cold .
I have been waiting a long time.
The bill is incorrect.
This is not what i ordered!
I don’t like it.
I want to complain.
Can I speak to the manager?
What will the waiter say to you?
Do you have a reservation?
Good evening, table for 2?
Would you like to know the specials?
Would you like to see the wine menu?
Are you ready to order?
How would you like your steak cooked? (well done, medium, rare)
Is everything OK for you?
Bon Appetit! Enjoy your meal!
Would you like anything else?
Dessert? Coffee? Liqueur?
Thank you, come again soon!
Could I have the bill please?
Can I pay with a credit card?
Do you accept American Express?
Is service included?
A tip is the money you leave for the waiter as an extra, depending on the service. There is no fixed rate in the UK. Some people leave nothing and some people leave 10%. Up to you!
Drinks in the UK
England is famous for its selection of beers. And no, they are not all warm!
Guinness is the most famous dark beer but there are also a large selection of Ales that are between a lager and a dark beer.
Many younger drinkers enjoy Alcopops such as Smirnoff Ice
Whisky on the Rocks (with ice) is a favourite with the Scottish.
Cider is very popular in Ireland and The South East, some drink it with blackcurrant juice
Spirit measures are smaller in the UK which may explain why English always get very drunk on their holidays!
Warnings in Restaurants
It is now illegal to smoke in any public establishment in the UK.
Dogs are not allowed in any restaurants for health and safety reasons.