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Best of British food

Published: Thursday, 22 April 2021

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Britain is a fantastic place for multicultural food. All sorts of cultures have had settlements in the country over the years, and their influence is clear in Britain’s food to this day.

No matter what time of year it is, supporting local businesses is a great way of getting your hands on some great food and drink, as well as ensuring that your city stays jam-packed with plenty of options. But this month the focus falls on local cuisine more than ever as we celebrate English Tourism Week. 

With restaurants reopening across Coventry, there has never been a better time to catch up with your friends and family, all while supporting your local bar or restaurant. Lucky for us, as well as a thriving collection of restaurants, bars, cafes and producers showcasing cuisine from around the world, Coventry offers plenty of places to find classic British dishes, homegrown produce, and an array of food and drink products that show exactly how wonderful our local area is. Whether you want to try a modern British menu, tuck into a portion of fish and chips, or support any number of the city’s businesses that grow, make, and sell their own food and drink, then we’re here to point you in the right direction.

Classic British food

Coventry’s food and drink scene is so diverse you can literally travel around the globe without leaving the city. From Italian to Indian and Vietnamese to vegan, there’s food to suit every taste, dietary requirement and budget. That includes some of the classic dishes that the UK is known for throughout the world. Enjoy great fish and chips from some of the city’s takeaways or sit down at local pubs and restaurants to enjoy this classic with a pint of the good stuff. If you’re after something a bit swankier, there are plenty of restaurants serving up modern British fine dining dishes in the city, bringing the best of local produce to your table served up with a smile.

Transport yourself to a far-flung country for lunch and dinner but come back to Blighty courtesy of a Full English breakfast from one of Coventry’s great cafes or enjoy that classic dish - the Sunday roast - at one of our great pubs and restaurants. Perfect for summer or winter, for couples or families, it’s an all-around winner and the perfect chance to showcase meat, vegetables and cooking talent that we have in abundance in our local area.

When it comes to drinks, try a pint of classic British beer brewed by one of our very own Coventry breweries or a tipple from one of Warwickshire’s own distilleries. In bars across the city you’ll find cocktails inspired by countries across the world - including England - and showcasing ingredients grown and harvested right on our doorstep.

With outdoor dining allowed in England from April 12th as part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, alfresco options have never been more in demand, and luckily, we have plenty in the city to cater for every taste, budget and need. And even if the sun doesn’t shine, the great food and drink on offer are enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Premiere produce

There are a plethora of producers in Coventry, from its bustling market selling everything from fresh produce to meat and fish to independent butchers, bakers and greengrocers. Whether you’re in the city centre or venturing slightly further out, you can get your hands on quality, fresh ingredients sourced from Coventry itself or the surrounding areas of Warwickshire, tasting the very best of British produce while shopping local and supporting the area’s businesses every step of the way.

As well as small independents, Coventry is home to some of the biggest names when it comes to shopping for food, from M&S to leading supermarket brands, providing everything you need from around the UK. You can pick up everything from wine and beer to cakes and bakes, fresh fruit and veg, fish and meat and more, all farmed, fished, or grown either in the local area or somewhere else in the UK, giving you the best choice from across the country right here in the city.

Shop Local

They say when you support a local business a real person does a happy dance and that’s certainly true when it comes to shopping with some of our Coventry businesses. Whether it’s British food you’re after, freshly cooked meals, drinks or food and drink products made by artisan producers from the area, we’ve got it all right here in the city.

Coventry boasts a huge range of businesses, from household names right down to independent business owners sharing their passion for food and drink with visitors and locals alike. Our thriving local independent scene is based on its popularity with locals and visitors to the city, and long may it last.

To find out more about the great food and drink on offer in Coventry & Warwickshire, visit  Ellen’s blog at Eat with Ellen  (www.eatwithellen.com)

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