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Restaurants and Take-Aways
Going out to a Restaurant
A meal and a drink in a mid-range restaurant will cost about £10, but you can find cheaper restaurants if you look around. To help you find good value restaurants in your area, as well as thousands of reviews, we have partnered with toptable. Through the website you can save up to 50% on meal prices at restaurants throughout the UK. For more information and to find out how to save money the next time you go for a meal out, click here.
If you want to try British food, the best place to get it is in an old-style pub. If you’re lucky, the menu may include traditional dishes such as:
- Roast beef, vegetables, gravy and Yorkshire pudding.
- Shepherd’s pie.
- Bubble and squeak.
- Toad in the hole.
- Apple crumble.
To find out everything you could ever want to know food in the UK, have a look at our guide to British Food and Drink.
Service Charge and Tips
If you are in a restaurant or café, it is customary to give a tip to the waiter or waitress if you receive good table service. After you have paid for your meal, you should leave at least 10 per cent of your total bill. In some restaurants, the service charge is included in your bill. If you are not sure, just ask. There’s also no need to tip bar people or attendants at self-service restaurants.
Many UK restaurants offer a take-away/delivery service, from international cuisine to traditional fish and chips. Go to a fish and chip shop to buy traditional battered cod and chips (fries). You can also get sausages, pickled onions and "mushy peas" (mashed peas). Other famous British fast food includes the Cornish pasty. These are pastry parcels filled with meat or vegetables and are very tasty. You can sometimes find these in bakeries, or even special pasty shops.
Or if you fancy some international cuisine there are literally thousands of Indian, Chinese Thai and Japanese take-away restaurants, as well as almost every other cuisine in the world.
Below you can find all your local takeaway restaurants and order online: