England is famous for several things: David Beckham, Fish and Chips, Big Ben, Red Buses, black cabs, Oasis, Blur, The Beatles and tea, among others. However, we were very surprised when we found out that several of our favorite dishes and one major brunch drink was created in London. So we decided to make a list for you.
1. The Mimosa
Although the name Mimosa can be attributed to The Ritz bartender Frank Meier, in 1925, a drink that was 2 parts champagne and 1 part orange juice, called the “Buck’s Fizz” was created 4 years before, at the Buck’s Club in London
2. Chelsea Buns
This bun is made of a rich yeast dough flavoured with lemon peel, cinnamon or mixed spice, its process of making is very similar to the cinnamon roll. This piece of pastry it goes back to the 18th century, it was created at the Bun House in Chelsea.
3. Peach Melba
Auguste Escoffier was the chef of the Savoy Hotel during the 1890s and early 1900s, and there is where he met Nellie Melba, a famous opera singer that often ate at this restaurant when performing in the Covent Garden. One time, Nellie sent Escoffier tickets to her performance in the Wagner opera Lohengrin. The production featured a boat in the shape of a swan. The following evening, Escoffier presented Nellie with a dessert of fresh peaches served over vanilla ice cream in a silver dish perched atop a swan carved from ice. This dish was later to be called the Peach Melba.
4. Omelette Arnold Bennett
Writer and critic Arnold Bennett stayed at the Savoy Hotel in London while writing a book during the 1920’s. We would always ask for a special preparation of eggs: a fluffy omelette, with smoked haddock, hollandaise sauce and cheese. The chefs at the restaurant perfected the dish to his taste and ended up naming it after him.
5. Tiered wedding cakes
In late 18th-century London, it is said that a baker’s apprentice, William Rich, wanted to marry his boss's daughter. To impress her, he made a cake that was inspired by the spire of St Bride’s church, and this designed became what we all know as the famous tiered wedding cake.