View Full Version : How did this happen? Suddenly the French like British food.

Poison Arrow Frog
23-10-2012, 18:09:58
Jacques Chirac famously only had nasty things to say about British cuisine but it seems his countrymen no longer agree as British food is now the in thing in France. Even in the countryside British dishes are popping up on the menu so it's not just in the big cities.

Is France learning to love British food?

Sales of stilton, real ale and chicken tikka masala are up in France. Are the French learning to love British food?
You're eating at a pavement cafe in France. "You are Engleesh?" the waiter asks.
His pitying expression says it all. Whatever you order will be a delight after the boiled nursery food you've been brought up on.
You can't trust a country with such bad food, Jacques Chirac said of the UK.
To many French people the English are les rosbifs - a people unhealthily obsessed by roasting cows. That, and fish and chips and a few messy puddings and you have the extent of the UK's culinary repertoire, went the argument.
But something is changing across the Channel. People are buying British.
Stilton and cheddar are making inroads in a land where camembert, brie and roquefort are national symbols on a par with Shakespeare in the UK.
Scotch whisky now accounts for half a billion pounds in exports to France. Real ale is on the march, and sparkling wine from Sussex and Kent is winning awards, and prompting comparisons with champagne.


Poison Arrow Frog
23-10-2012, 18:46:29
I suspect this might have something to do with the fact that in recent decades so many young French people have been unable to find jobs in France and so often get jobs in the UK right out of college. Eventually most of them move back home after gaining experience but that does mean several million French people have experience living in the UK and are familiar with the food.

Poison Arrow Frog
23-10-2012, 19:18:42

The ultimate insult. In blind taste tests in France people picked British cheese 5 to 1 over French cheeses for best taste. That just has to hurt the gallic pride.

23-10-2012, 19:31:03
This is big news for you!

23-10-2012, 20:38:09
It was Bossman's fault.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
24-10-2012, 00:35:51
Hmmm. My experience growing up with English parents was that English food consisted of vegetables with all the colour and flavour boiled out of them, (often) fried or (less-often) roasted meat, and a LOT of baked beans.

Really, France? REALLY?

24-10-2012, 07:29:53
Things have changed, a lot.

What we have seen over the last 10/15 years in the UK is the revival of the artisan food and drink maker, which obviously France never really lost.

We actually make a wider variety of cheeses in the UK than they do in France. And the ale industry is thriving. So they are making good choices.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
24-10-2012, 14:53:15
European Food and Drink Union!

27-10-2012, 17:36:26
European Food and Drink Union!
Yeah, and you go out on strike at the drop of a fork (spork?).

Dyl Ulenspiegel
27-10-2012, 19:39:32
It's time to invade France again?

28-10-2012, 15:56:48
No, go for Italy, the food is much better. :nervous:

Dyl Ulenspiegel
28-10-2012, 19:09:05

29-10-2012, 08:47:12
No, go for Italy, the food is much better. :nervous:


29-10-2012, 09:59:07
And the wine