Great English food.

On Wednesday of this week, I shall be heading to Le Havre to collect my daughter and grandchildren from the ferry.
The last time I was in Le Havre was the first time that I had taken my new French girlfriend to England.

For me the drill is always the same, head to the port, get on the boat, have overpriced, tasteless fish and chips and then sleep till the morning. My girlfriend however, was determined we had to things “right” so we ended up in a restaurant near the port.

At the table next to us was a French woman and her son, with an English phrase book, speaking to each other in English, testing and helping. I could hear they were stuck on a phrase so offered to help. A conversation ensued, leading eventually to my girlfriend explaining this was to be her first visit to the sceptered isle.

The woman helpfully explained lots of things that might catch her out, being a Frenchie who speaks no English, but saved the most important till last.

“Oh, you can eat very well in England”

“Oh really? I’d heard the food isn’t very good there.”

“Not at all, there are lots of  Indian, Chinese and Bangladeshi restaurants.”

They say the first cut is the deepest, and that one hurt.


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Elderly rotund toothless male seeks wilderness to travel to.
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2 Responses to Great English food.

  1. Console yourself with the knowledge that the oft-repeated assertion that English food is dull contains the same level of veracity as the equally frequently quoted title of Mireille Guiliano’s best-known book.


    • I had to resort to the interweb to discover said lady, and yes, that title seems to be somewhat fatuous.
      I do know that said French girlfriend will tell all doubters that she has never even badly in England, which surprises the majority of her entourage, but makes me smile.


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