What food experiences best sum up the UK? What are the classic dishes a visitor really should try?
While I will, no doubt, get some inspiration from Simon Majumdar's next book, the question arose last night while dining with our friends, Jacqui and Terje. Over a great meal - amazing how much fun you can have with an electric raclette and some raw beef - and much talk of other recent food experiences (of course), we got to talking about traditional food. Jacqui's parents had recently visited. While they now live in Mexico after a number of years in Canada, they lived in London for several years before that. They evidently spent much of their recent visit re-experiencing some fondly remembered British foodie pleasures.
They've now returned to warmer climes, and Terje, who's originally from Norway, is keen to complete his British food education - although, it must be said, not quite as keen as Jacqui is to make him do it.
So... what should he try? We've got a few obvious suggestions - good fish and chips, apple crumble, a proper pork pie, Lancashire Hotpot, an Eccles cake - but we're open to ideas. Suggestions anyone?