Last Updated: 13th Nov 2013
Part of: Great Britain
Currency: Pound Sterling
Manners and Customs
- The English have a reputation as being very proper, traditional, conservative and reserved but this is generally not the case. Generally the English have a strong sense, awareness and respect of other peoples privacy and possible desire for solitude and this respect makes many hesitant to intrude into other business. Once invited to talk or interact however the English are extremely happy, friendly, helpful, polite and outgoing. Everyone usually goes about their business
- Manners are important
- Going to the pub for a pint of beer is deeply ingrained in the culture
- Tipping is generally not practiced but is appreciated. Some places may add a 12.5% service charge to the bill and if this is the case you should not tip
- It often appears that queuing and lining up is one of the Brits favourite passtimes.
Food and Drink
The English traditionally are not famous for their food and in the past there has been good reason for this. English food has improved dramatically over the past decade and London in particular is home to some of the finest restaurants in the word. There are still however a few traditional English dishes that should be sampled to get an authentic taste for the culture. Fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, toad in the hole, pies, Cornish pasties and the incomparable full English breakfast are just some of the local specialties while the official dish in the capital is Chicken Tika Masala.
No trip to England would be complete without a pint of lager in a traditional English pub. The English love a pint at any time of day or night but lagers are just the beginning with a myriad of bitters, stouts, ales and ciders available from pub to pub. Some of the more popular beers include Stella Artois, Carling while Magners and Bulmers ciders are also popular.
As authentic as a pint in a pub is, one should not go past the opportunity to enjoy a nice cup of English tea, perhaps with jam and scones. Tea, like beer, is taken very seriously and there are arguably more varieties of tea available than it’s amber coloured counterpart.