We can’t travel right now, but our tastebuds can! This week, our virtual destination isn’t far at all — just down to the local pub. Treat yourself to some good old-fashioned pub grub and keep dreaming of that proper pint come August…
First things first
Is there any pub food more quintessential than a dirty big steak sambo? Add chips. Add crisps. Add an obscene amount of garlic mayo. You’ll find no judgement here.
Speaking of sandwiches, you can’t go wrong with a classic club. The only real question is, Tayto or King?
It’s a short hop from sandwiches to burgers, another pub standby (and great soakage, too!). For a touch of luxury, try these burgers loaded with bacon, blue cheese and caramelised onions.
For something even more indulgent, these poutine burgers include chips, gravy and cheese curds. What’s not to like?
Make sure those burgers are every bit as good as you deserve by following our step-by-step guide to the perfect patty, here. Looking for a veggie option? Our gorgeous beetroot and lentil patties should do the trick nicely.
Prefer chicken over beef? No problemo — check out these mouthwatering chicken burgers complete with crispy Cajun coating.
Is it even a trip to the pub without a bowl of wings? Our clever method makes these best-ever wings both lower in fat AND unbelievably crispy. You’ll never look back.
Chicken goujons are another perennial pub favourite, and make a quick and convenient dinner for the kids.
Or, if you’re trying to incorporate more fish into your household’s dinner rotation, check out these homemade fish fingers — every bit as moreish.
Speaking of fish, make your own posh pub starter with these creamy, cheesy fish smokies!
Fish and chips is a fantastic crowd-pleaser, and our crispy beer batter will have everyone drooling.
For a fancy twist, why not treat yourself to this recipe for scampi, jacket chips and tartare sauce? You’re worth every bite.
Bangers and mash
For those not-so-sunny days, a bowl of bangers and mash with onion gravy is the ultimate comfort food. (Hint: make double the gravy and use the extra to make those outrageous poutine burgers the following day!)
A bit on the side…
Obviously, you’re going to want chips. Check out our guide to making the best chips at home, whether you’re going the deep-fried route or fancy a healthier baked version. Once you’ve mastered those chips, maybe you’ll want to load them up with one of these delicious toppings…
Onion rings are one of those foods we could eat every day, and we find it impossible to resist ordering them in the pub. Here’s our guide to making them at home. You’re welcome.
These loaded potato skins make a tasty dish all on their own, or a flavoursome side. Dollops of sour cream recommended.
Add a can or two of your favourite craft beer, and you’re set.