Spain has always been known as a favourite holiday destination to travel to from the UK as it offers so much culture, beautiful beaches, warm weather and of course the traditional cuisine! Wanting to relive these dishes enjoyed on holiday, Brits in more recent years have therefore eagerly welcomed the Spanish cuisine culture to the UK.
Tapas restaurants across the UK have started to become more and more popular, where they have embraced the idea of a more informal eating style with shared dishes. The appeal of tapas is easy to grasp, in contrast to traditional dining where the customer orders one main course and perhaps a starter, tapas offers customers the opportunity to try and share several dishes, each with its own unique ingredients and flavours. Tapas is also a style of eating that represents sociability and relaxed eating with friends and family, which is similarly an important part of British culture. It creates a fun and interactive experience for diners, which encourages people to talk and drink over a variety of delicious, flavourful, small dishes, and the popularity of this has therefore shown how Spanish cuisine and their style of eating has influenced the UK.
Spanish Cuisine in UK Supermarkets
Supermarket tapas ranges have become widely available in the UK, from ready prepared paella to patatas bravas, and of course the popular olives from Spain, millions of Brits are enjoying the bright flavours of the Mediterranean in their favourite Spanish food, from the comfort of their homes. Spanish Cuisine has also helped to introduce seafood in dishes such as the famous Seafood Paella, which has now become a very popular dish across the UK and can be found in most British Supermarkets. It has become very easy to find recipe books and other information on Spanish Cuisine in shops and supermarkets too, so that Brits can learn and try to recreate traditional Spanish dishes themselves. Additionally, you can now buy the typical Spanish terracotta tapas dishes in the UK to serve the homemade tapas as authentic as you would find in Spain!
Spanish food festivals in the UK
Every year, the streets of Spain are brought to London to discover a weekend of different Spanish flavours. Brits are able to explore and sample the delicious delicacies on offer from Barcelona’s world famous La Boqueria market. From traditional paella, to delicious cured meats or freshly made hot churros, every taste of Spain is available to try. It is a Spanish food lover’s ideal and highlights the influence and popularity that this cuisine has on the UK. Among the most popular tapas are the homemade empanadas, olive stalls, the Spanish tortilla, fresh chorizo and of course spicy patatas bravas. This UK festival is a very authentic way to take a tour through the tastes of Spain and learn about the history of each one! Also, the Spanish Olive Festival is another great influence to the UK during the Foodies Festival in London and Brighton. It is a true way to celebrate the popularity of olives in Spain with many opportunities to sample Olives from Spain whilst learning about the different types, flavours and history!
The UK has always been a great international food lover and there is no doubt that the Spanish cuisine has influenced the style of eating, different ingredients, vibrant flavours, and is now a staple to the restaurant culture on the British food map!