British Food Fortnight has just kicked off around the country.

To help you get a bit better acquainted with this delicious sounding celebration, we’ve compiled a list of four fascinating British Food Fortnight facts!
Disclaimer: not every fact detailed in the list is actually that fascinating but we have done our best.

1. British Food Fortnight is, surprisingly enough, a two week celebration of British food and drink. During the fortnight long festival, people across the country are encouraged to buy, try and support UK food and drink.
2. The festival is held every year during autumn and runs concurrent with another British food-based bash – the famous Harvest Festival.
3. British Food Fortnight may be a celebration but its beginnings weren’t quite so cheery. The inaugural event was held in 2002, created as a way to positively promote British food following the Foot and Mouth crisis, one of the most damaging agricultural catastrophes to his these shores in recent times.
4. British Food Fortnight has the official backing of a number of famous faces, including internationally renowned chef Raymond Blanc and television gardener Chris Collins! In his full hearted endorsement of British Food Fortnight, the latter says: “We celebrate a lot of things in this country, so why not British food? We should be shouting from the rooftops about it!” Sage sentiments indeed, but opinions that we cannot fully endorse owing to the obvious health and safety code violations.

Bonus random British food fact: In Scotland, the first chip was sold in the 1870s. According to Dundee City Council, the sale of this most British morsel of food was actually made by a Belgian man by the name of Edward De Gernier. What a chipper chappie!

Join in at Lakeside

Whichever mouth-watering treat you decide to indulge in at Lakeside you’ll be supporting British Food Fortnight. We love UK food and source all of our ingredients as locally as possible. To whet your appetite, here are a few of our finest British offerings:

Our fabulous Full English Breakfast – Grasmere dry cured back bacon, Grasmere sausage, free range egg, Heinz baked beans, mushroom, slow roasted tomatoes, toasted buttered bloomer (also available as a vegetarian option).
Quintessentially British Fish and Chips – Nene Valley beer battered fish with chips, mushy peas, and tartar sauce.
The famous Lakeside Burger – Hand pressed homemade 6oz Lincolnshire beef burger, mixed leaf salad and chips.

Why not treat yourself to a classic British dish and join in with the celebrations? See our full menu.

Find out more about British Food Fortnight here (external link: opens in a new tab).

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