There's no question about it - we're a nation of food lovers from being obsessed with the Great British Bake Off to the newest restaurant opening in town. We may actually talk about food more than the weather. Now a new survey by Kenwood shows six in ten people would rather choose a great food experience over any other leisure activity, including pampering, animal safaris and extreme sports.
In spirit of this, Kenwood asked an esteemed panel - including Miranda Gore Browne from the Great British Bake Off, William Sitwell, editor of Waitrose Kitchen magazine, and the Times’s restaurant critic Giles Coren - to compile the 50 foodie experiences everyone should try before they die.
Do you agree with their shortlist? Or is there a dish or restaurant missing that everyone just has to experience at least once in their lives? Let us know in the comments box below or on Twitter @StylistMagazine.
Words: Sejal Kapadia, Image credit: Rex Features, Getty
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1. Takeaways with posh plonk
A really good red with a curry or Champagne with your fish and chips: something lovely to drink can truly transform the humble British takeaway.
2. Afternoon tea at Bettys (Harrogate)
Afternoon tea at Bettys of Harrogate invokes a gentler, less-rushed era with a quintessentially British atmosphere and a classy brew.
3. Fresh British asparagus
Nothing quite beats cutting home grown asparagus spears straight from the soil, just as you put on a pan of water to cook them.
4. Baking chocolate cake with your children
Childhood memories are made over bowls of cake mix, fighting siblings over who gets to lick the wooden spoon as the kitchen fills with the unmistakable sweet smell of freshly baked chocolate sponge.
5. Marinated BBQ'd lamb
Successfully mastering a marinated lamb cutlet on the BBQ and cooking the tender meat over charcoal is a British male rite of passage.
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6. Beluga caviar
Fine Russian or Iranian beluga caviar is one of life’s little luxuries.
7. Bread and butter pudding
It's a delicious classic dessert that simply shouts Britishness with every crispy, gooey bite.
8. Breakfast at The Wolseley
Breakfast at London’s buzzy, old-world brasserie The Wolseley is an institution.
9. Catching and cooking a mackerel on a beach
Catching your own mackerel to cook there and then on the beach is the stuff of every foraging foodie’s fantasy.
10. Dining at Chez Panisse (California)
Chez Panisse - founded in Berkeley, California in 1980 - continues to set the standard for classy yet simple, earthy cooking.
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11. Chocolate fondant pudding
Chocolate fondant pudding – are there many things more satisfying than cutting into its soft sponge and watching that rich molten centre ooze out
12. Eating a hotdog at a baseball game
Amid the roar of the crowd, the jingles that play on a home run, surrounded by pals, and above all thousands of baseball-mad Americans the taste of a hot dog is truly sublime.
13. Coffee and croissants in a Parisian café
Hot, fresh butter croissant direct from the ovens of a Parisian corner café with a steaming cup of coffee, while you sit and watch the hustle and bustle pass by.
14. Collecting and cooking fresh eggs
Collect freshly laid eggs from a warm nest, set a pan over a simple fire and cook them.
15. Cooking curry from scratch
Making a curry from scratch is a real revelation as you pound, grind or whizz up your own curry paste and the aromas take over the kitchen.
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16. Cornish clotted cream
Rich, thick and creamy clotted cream is a simple must-have on any fruit scone.
17. Crispy crackling
Perfect crackling is the home cook’s holy grail.
18. Curing raw fish at home (gravlax)
Marinating or 'curing' raw fish at home is something everyone should try for themselves - it's simple and very tasty.
19. Dining at L'enclume
To dine at Simon Rogan’s L'enclume in the Lake District is to eat at one of the finest restaurants in the land.
20. Dining at Racine
The popular Racine restaurant is a little bit of Paris in the middle of Knightsbridge, London, with delectable bistro cuisine.
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21. Fresh seafood by the sea
Minibreaks by the sea are made for crab sandwiches or platters of seafood to share while boats bob up and down on the water and gulls soar overhead.
22. Chocolate éclairs
Crisp light choux, oozy chantilly cream and best-quality chocolate, there are few things more enjoyable than devouring a delicate éclair.
23. Woodland glade picnic
Fill a hamper with elderflower cordial, egg and cress sandwiches, sausage rolls and scones and find your nearest wild wood - very fairy tale.
24. Set lunch menu at Le Gavroche
The set-price lunch at Le Gavroche in Mayfair London – makes exquisite Michelin star dining accessible to all to enjoy, without breaking the bank
25. Blackberry picking
Try picking ripe blackberries from a laden hedgerow you've stumbled upon during a family walk, plump and warm from a British summer sun.
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Greengages - part of the European plum family and are rich, juicy and ripe which has become a somewhat forgotten culinary treasure.
27. Growing your own vegetables
There's a simple pleasure in watching and waiting for your own veg to grow - that enjoyment seems to grow with it until the fresh and natural tastes explode in the mouth when you cook them up to eat
28. Homemade mayonnaise
Once you’ve made your own mayonnaise and thrilled to the miracle of egg yolks, oil and vinegar transforming into sunshine in a jar, it’s hard to have it any other way.
29. Baking your own bread
More and more people are rediscovering the joy of baking homemade bread - a humble loaf can be baked in next to no time and fills your kitchen with incredible aromas.
30. Making your own soup
Making homemade soup is instantly soothing, can be all-out luxurious or pat-on-the-back thrifty and offers as many variations as there are days in the year.
31. Fresh honeycomb
Cut straight from a hive, fresh honeycomb is a real treat. Honey like this - in its most natural state - can be eaten just as is. But it’s also delicious melted on hot toast.
32. Visiting Jemaa el Fna square (Marrakech)
Marrakech’s Jemaa el Fna Square is one of the world’s great meeting places where people congregate before grazing their way around stall-upon-stall of sizzling street food.
33. Learning to joint a chicken
Learn to joint a whole chicken and get two breasts, two thighs, two drumsticks, wings and a carcass for stock - practically nothing goes to waste and it saves a fortune.
34. Lunch at The Walnut Tree (Abergavenny)
Just outside Abergavenny, Wales, The Walnut Tree Inn goes for a no-nonsense approach – no airs and graces, no service charge, no guff, just great food.
35. Making homemade ice cream
Making your own ice cream is unexpectedly easy and very satisfying – the beauty being that you can create your own flavours as you go.
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36. Making your own marmalade
Homemade Seville orange marmalade is a ritual – the industrial-sized pan and thermometer, the sterilised jars and the glorious smelling fruit.
37. Early morning breakfast at Carnegie Deli (NY)
Manhattan landmark The Carnegie Deli has been making what many consider NYC’s best sandwiches since 1937 and, as it’s open from 6.30am to 4am, it's perfect for that out of hours snack.
38. Cooking a perfectly timed Sunday roast
Sunday roasts aren’t just about a good cut of meat, honing your timings so that it all comes together perfectly - it's an art form and a relief when all those different elements combine.
39. British ale with a Scotch egg
Scotch eggs are best enjoyed with a pint of British ale, as you savour the crisp coating, nicely seasoned sausagemeat and inner egg cooked just-so.
40. Guinness at The Stag's Head (Dublin)
The Stag’s Head in Dublin is centuries-old and whilst once a stomping ground for James Joyce, and used in many a movie, they also know how to pour the perfect Guinness for punters to enjoy.
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41. Pork pies
A proper pork pie has never known a plastic wrapper or service-station forecourt and, given the faff required to make it, ought really to be carried somewhere scenic in a picnic basket and eaten with respect.
42. Dawn fry-up at Smithfield market (London)
Breakfast with the crack-of-dawn butchers of London’s Smithfield meat market is a secret, city experience for devotees of the Full English.
43. Street food in Asia (Kuala Lumpur)
Kuala Lumpur’s street food is the real deal: a melting pot of flavours that mixes Malay with Chinese and Indian in the sprawling food markets.
44. Sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market (Tokyo)
Each morning hundreds of different species of fish pass through Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market - the world’s biggest wholesale fish market and the perfect place to get the freshest sashimi and sushi.
45. Takeaway fish 'n' chips
What could be more British than fish and chips wrapped in paper and smothered in salt and vinegar, enjoyed whilst sat on a harbour wall?
46. Tapas in San Miguel Market (Madrid)
At night, Madrid’s San Miguel Market transforms into a beautiful beacon for culinary connoisseurs, with a mass of tapas bars that open for the sole purpose of communal eating.
47. Dining at The Seahorse (Dartmouth)
On the banks of the river in Dartmouth, Mitch Tonks’ Seahorse restaurant is just lovely - with its dedicated charcoal oven helping to flavour much of its menu.
48. Toasting a haggis with Scotch whisky
Bagpipes, Robbie Burns, cock-a-leekie soup, neeps and tatties and plenty of single malt – toasting a haggis on Burns Night is an institution of Scottish life.
49. Wild British strawberries
Discovering a patch of wild strawberries in a field or meadow is a real treat. Much smaller than anything you’ll find in the shops, they’re tiny and magical with an intense sweetness.
50. International wine trail
A wine trail is a brilliant way to learn more about wine - and the country that produces it.