MUNCHIES Guide to British Food
Welcome back to Last Call, where we visit watering holes to collect life advice from their trusty barkeepers. In a special MUNCHIES Guide to British Food edition, we meet 70-year-old Sandra Esquilant at London's Golden Heart pub.
Every day this week, we’ve been sipping, crunching, oyster-shucking, and drunk-ordering our way through the eclectic world of British food.
I joined Michael Pili, the longest-serving judge of the Seafish Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award, for a day’s secret inspection of a London chippy. “I go in eyes open, open mind, and record everything,” he tells me.
London has 80 Michelin-starred restaurants, Birmingham five, but Manchester? Zero. Chef Simon Rogan aims to change all that by winning hotel restaurant The French back the star it was stripped of in 2007 with a new kind of fine dining.
Waxy sausages, tinned vegetables, white bread: iconic British artist Martin Parr's photos are the antithesis of your carefully arranged avo on toast shot. We met over steak and chips to ask what he makes of the #foodporn proliferating social media.
Every year, Britain sends 13 million tonnes of food to landfill—something new initiatives like “zero waste” London restaurant Tiny Leaf and Olio, an app that lets you swap unwanted food with people nearby, hope to combat.