Barcelona is one of the world’s best cities when it comes to eating and drinking. But while Spanish and Catalan cuisine are both world renowned for their deliciousness, once in a while you might want to try something different – whether you’re living in the city and would like a break from the familiar or you are on vacation here and would like to eat something your taste bud is more accustomed to. When I feel like enjoying a different type of cuisine for a change, I often pick some British delicacies to satisfy my appetite.
Now I can already hear what you are thinking: From French to Ethiopian food, almost every foodie’s dream can come alive in this city so why an article about British cuisine?
That’s fair enough. I have lived in England for a year during my studies and the British cuisine was definitely not one of the many things I remembered fondly about that year once back in France so I got your point. However, my boyfriend being English, I have visited their kingdom quite often this last year and surprisingly, I now find myself salivating at the thought of a steak pie with mashed potatoes.
The British cuisine has dramatically improved since my student years – and I found myself becoming more and more a faithful defender of it. So if like me you feel yourself craving for some scones on a daily basis or, like my boyfriend, you are feeling a bit homesick from time to time and would like to taste a bit of home away from home, here are the best places to enjoy some British delicacies in Barcelona :
Run by an Irish couple, the design of the bar has been thought to “resemble a millionaire’s drawing room with plush handmade sofas, flirtatious pillows, gilded picture frames, antique chandeliers and incredible wallpaper by 50’s designer Florence Broadhurst.” according to the owners themselves.
We had made a point with my boyfriend to find the best English breakfast in the city and so far, Milk’s fry-up is at the top of our list.
Avenue is the bigger cousin of Timeline bar. Located in the charming neighbourhood of Gracia, it is a perfect breakfast spot on your way to Parc Guell or during a nice stroll around the animated streets of the district.
Its vintage decoration itself is worth a visit, especially if you are a retro lover, as you will be able to spot ET on a bike, a radio cassette player that’s been converted into a lamp, a naked barbie riding a motorbike and a miniature train which puffs along the roof among many other gems.
I have tried the Bomb (Eggs Benedict on a waffle, yum!) and my boyfriend – unsurprisingly – the English. Both were delicious and really fulfilling.
Avenue Bar is definitely a hidden gem and if you are a brunch lover like us, you should note that they also offer a brunch menu where you can choose a main dish, pancake, toast, coffee and unlimited bellinis for €17.50.
Well, not only could they rival with them, but – according to my boyfriend himself – The Fish and Chips Shop is actually serving the best fish and chip he has ever had, hands down! They serve the delicious delicacy with the classic tartar sauce but also with mango chutney and trust me, that is a match made in heaven.
Another thing to note is the beer at The Fish & Chips Shop is served cold in metal cups, which keeps it at an ideal temperature and make you feel like a king back to medieval times
Cafe Camelia is another hidden gem in the heart of Gracia. Located in Carrer de Verdi, you will feel like entering a traditional English tea room. A jazzy music is here to welcome you and help you relax. I have only tried the scones here – I told you about my craving – but they also do brunch on Sunday and offer a menu del dia if you would like to stop for lunch during the week.
It is also a great cafe to work in as the wifi is great and every table placed near the walls have they own individual plug for you to charge your laptop while tasting some yummy teas and pastries.
The Philharmonic is a traditional English Pub located in the Eixample district. It is the perfect place for any fan of live football and music. Huge bonus – and that is obviously why it is on that list – it serves tasty English food & beers.
Everybody knows that in England that on Sunday it is almost compulsory to have some Sunday roast – I mean it is even called SUNDAY roast.
Well, The Philharmonic is here for you if you would like to continue this tradition while in Barcelona. Every Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy their Roast beef with seasonal vegetables, roasted potatoes and mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. It will cost you 15.50 euros and comes with a glass of red wine if you book online.
While I haven’t had the opportunity to try their Sunday Roast yet, I did taste their steak pie and their sticky toffee pudding and I definitely recommend both!
If you would like to be able to enjoy your favourite British delicacies in the comfort of your home, look no further, this is the place for you.
Located in Carrer Floridablanca in San Antoni, A Taste of Home is a supermarket with a range of over 2000 traditional English goods and if you cannot find what you are looking for in the shop you can order it.
How does that sound?
Do you know any other place that should have made this list? Let me know in the comments!