At first, pub meals consisted of crisps, pork scratching, pickled eggs, and nuts. At lunchtime, there might be a hot pie that was prepared by the landlady, or extra snacks to keep off the hunger. The pub owner mostly did not have to worry about providing meals to patrons. Food stalls were put up in front of pubs that provided for hungry customers.
Through the years, the menu evolved with many new types of food introduced to their pallet by the Romans and the Saxons, and later by travelers from elsewhere.
Traditional Pub Food
Pork Scratching is pork rind rendered to a crisp, seasoned with salt, and meant to be eaten with a pre-meal drink. The Scotch egg is a boiled egg, wrapped in sausage meat and then deep-fried. A bowl of soup with bread and butter. Liver pastes and toast, or diced liver on toast is also a dish found on many pub menus as a starter.
All-day breakfasts are available throughout the day in many pubs and include a big variety of breakfast favourites included in one dish. Pork bangers and mash with peas are also a favourite pub grub. Fish and chips, another favourite, are served with mushy peas, salt, lemon juice, and tartare sauce or tomato ketchup.
Steak and kidney or chicken and mushroom pies served with mash and gravy will also be found in every pub. A shepherd’s pie is also a great favourite, especially during the winter months. A thick slice of ham with a fried egg and chips, topped off with a grilled pineapple ring is also included on the list of favourite pub foods.
Ice cream sundaes, sticky toffee pudding, apple crumble with custard, bread and butter pudding, cheesecake, and chocolate fudge cake are some of the desserts found on a pub menu.
A cheese board is a good alternative offered for those customers not fond of sweet stuff.