The English Foodie- I Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghosts



I have been blessed to visit Britain several times.


I have never gone for the food- until recently.


There is a buzz among those that eat for a living (I read magazines instead) that Britain has turned a culinary corner, that meat pasties washed down with ale are not the only fare to be had. That surprising seasonal fresh inventive beautifully plated culinary delights are being served up right alongside the staples of a meat-and-potatoes society.


Yea. Just YEA- And London is just the beginning.


On our recent trip to Britain, my daughter and I sought out several places that were ‘buzzing’.


Our two favorite places were the Ivy Chelsea Garden in London and the Walmgate Ale House & Bistro in York.


The Ivy Chelsea Garden was an Instagram find by my daughter- posh, stunningly beautiful, superb service, fabulous in-house cocktails and mouthwatering food. We had no reservation, and they were clearly booked. They suggested a wide berth at the full service bar top. Perfect. Centrally located, no better perch could be had. People watching and the best freshly muddled Pimm’s Cup a girl could ask for. A few fresh Channel crab claws helped round out a fabulous afternoon (and I mean ‘afternoon’- we stayed for hours and pretended we were chic like the regular customers because we are).


The next day, a trip to York surprised me with a beer flight tasting accompanied by “a small plate selection to enhance the craftsmanship of our regional small batch breweries” at the Walmgate Ale House & Bistro. I don’t like beer but I sipped a brew that tasted like pears. Pears! Who knew? And the farm-fresh chicken with pops of bogged berries (cranberries) (my choice among many entries) was an experience in taste bud heaven! The Sweet. The Savory. The SNAP! Oh my! My daughter had a good time too, btw.


And then there were the ghosts. York is full of ghosts.


But they’re eating well, so they’re happy. 




  • Haralee - These sound great. My sister is in UK now so I will grill her when she comes home because she likes to eat too!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Lawdanski - This post made me hungry! Both places sound fabulous!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - So many places. SO little time…ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Okay, I’m drooling now. We’ve had some fantastic meals in London that have nothing to do with traditional English dishes – although I do love fish and chips. Just not with mushy peas.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I love the traditional fare but the nouveau dishes are to die for! I LOVE mushy peas! HahahaaaReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I need to travel with you, girl. you know all the hotspots! I love the UK and especially England. Well, ok, all of it.ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - I love England, and haven’t been there in ages. Thanks for the reminder!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - I loved London when I was there but the time I spent there was way too short. Can’t wait to go back.ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - I want to visit london as soon as possible, The food sounds amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - I also found the food to be uniformly good in England. A far cry from the way it was years ago!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Holmes Anderson - I was in London twenty years ago, and even then I thought the food was fantastic! I would love to go back and taste the Renaissance!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - I love London. Many moons ago, I would say the food was just average….but we were there a few years ago and it was fantastic. What great memories for you and your daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Loncaric - I love the UK but it is so far from Australia I’ve only been a couple of times. It is only list to visit again so thanks for some ideas of where the great food and ghosts are! Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Heavens, when did the Brits learn to eat like that? The brews, however, have been fruit flavored here for decades. I tasted apricot up in Washington (state) in the 1980’s. The ghosts might not appreciate the new fare. I thought they wanted everything the same.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - so NOT what you expect from the Poms Cheryl – nice to see they have more going for them than mushy peas and pies!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Love watching you on your travels. I had so much fun when I was last in jolly old England (not so jolly since Britext), but still… Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Rosemond Perdue-Cranner - OK, yes so much has changed if London is now a foodie town. And hello, beer flight?! How awesome does that sound!ReplyCancel

  • Myke Todd - Glad you had such a time, exploring culinary delights.

    Ghosts? For reals? Oh, my!ReplyCancel

  • Bright on a Budget - How fun! I’ve never been there, but would love to go! And I’m cracking up about the well-fed ghosts.lolReplyCancel

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