Our pick of great foodie getaways in the UK

When it comes to good food, it’s safe to say that Britain has an abundance of it. Because we’re such a multicultural nation, many food traditions and cuisines have been brought here over the years and have become increasingly popular. Seemingly, you can find even the rarest of cuisines here, especially in the major cities. So, if you’re a self-confessed foodie, here are four cities you’re absolutely going to love.


Sheffield’s prominent international student population, many of whom are Chinese, has seen the introduction of many Chinese and sushi restaurants. Division Street is a haven for sushi lovers, whereas nearby West Street has one of the best Chinese buffets in the country. On the other hand, the Wicker is home to an array of Jamaican supermarkets and restaurants. If you’re more of a fan of good old British grub, though, you’ll be pleased to know that Sheffield is the pie capital of the country. The locals’ favourite dish is a steak pie covered in gravy and the local sauce, Henderson’s Relish, or ‘Hendo’s’.


It can definitely be said that Nottingham takes the whole ‘hipster dining’ scene to a whole new level. Eating out in Nottingham is a fun and quirky experience indeed. Annie’s Burger Shack, whose owner is Annmarie Spazanio from Rhode Island, USA, brings the best of authentic American burgers to the UK. The Robin Hood Burger includes wild boar marinated in red wine, rosemary, black olive and grilled potato and parsnips. Yum. Also, the Missoula Montana Bar & Grill brings the very best of hearty ranch food and has top-quality ribs and steak on its menu.


A little unexpected, yes – but it’s practically the only place in the UK where parmo is readily available. Parmo is short for ‘chicken parmesan’, a breaded cutlet dish that originates from Middlesbrough itself. It’s an incredibly popular takeaway food and is essentially chicken in breadcrumbs covered in béchamel and/or parmesan sauce and cheese. There are many variations, but the chicken version is the most popular. It’s fatty and unhealthy, but boy is it good.


Bristol is one of two spots in the UK with a ZaZa Bazaar’s restaurant, a buffet restaurant serving up cuisines from all over the world. Japanese, Chinese, Italian, American, and Spanish are just a few, and people from all over flock here year-round to fill their plates. Also, check out Dynasty, voted the UK’s third best Chinese restaurant, and Glassboat, an actual boat-restaurant that’s moored in the River Avon.

Ahmed Elmi


Ahmed has worked extensively in lifestyle editorial, writing for magazines like Esquire UK, and has also worked as a digital copywriter for numerous brands that include, L’Oreal, British Airways, and Pernod Ricard. Tweet him @ahmednelmi or send him a nice story: ahmed.elmi@theechelon.co.uk