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Guide to England: Why You'll Probably Want to Move Here



Author: Alphonse Dufresne - Penning Tales, Setting Sails…

 

Ol’ Blighty, Albion, or Merry Old England is a country like no other. With a history spanning a thousand years, and a royal family who has been able to get through most of that unscathed, it is no wonder why people from all around the world want to visit England at some point in their lifetimes. From the beautiful green pastures of the Cotswolds, to the cosmopolitan, yet somewhat dwindling allure of London, and upwards into the Midlands and beyond, in terms of scenery and picture-perfect moments, this is a country that has it all in spades. Yet, something that is less-often discussed when dreaming of England, is the people. The generations that built up what modern-day England is have a certain charm to them, something that has not seemed to have progressed into the younger generations, yet can sometimes be found.

 

In this article, we want to take you on a journey throughout England, to the places that have made the nation great and the food that fuelled them. We’ll discuss the places, the people, the food and the transfers that will connect one piece to the other. Come with us then, mate, and let us show you why it is called “Great” Britain.


The Allure of the Countryside

Verdant pastures as far as the eye can see. Farmlands carefully maintained by the watchful eye of a wind and rain-battered old gaffer, and thatch-roof houses that seem to have come from a different age. This is what awaits you when visiting England’s quiet towns and hamlets. Allow us to provide you with a few such towns, where you can feel the beating heart of real England:


The Cotswolds

With the iconic thatched houses we discussed before, plus some amazingly well-maintained gardens, this region is perhaps one of the best examples of a true British experience, that has yet to be ruined by modernity and its incessant need to trade in nature with concrete. A pint of fine British Ale at one of the district’s many traditional pubs, supped on just as the sun begins to set, its orange hues painting their way across the hills, is an experience that must be lived to truly be appreciated.


Northumberland

For a peak into England’s past, this town offers a beautiful combination of eon-old castles and a somewhat menacingly rugged coastline. What also sets Northumberland aside from other towns in England, is its incredibly clear, dark skies, which make it a great place for stargazing.


Lake District

Some of the most dramatic outdoors scenery and lakes out there, the Lake District is the perfect spot to visit to take in some outdoors activities. If you’re a fan of literary history, the Lake District is where renowned British writer Beatrix Potter wrote most of her works. Thus don’t be surprised if you bump into Peter Rabbit or Ms. Tiggy Winkle.


How to Get Around, and How to Book a Transfer

So, we’ve discussed where to go, but what about how to get there? Well, being a highly-developed country, England has a multitude of different transportation options available to you, no matter which part you are visiting. Nevertheless, for first-time visitors, we recommend booking a transfer from the airport to their accommodation, then either relying on public transport, or continuing to use transfers to get around.

 

Reliable companies, such as AtoBTransfer.com, offer you the ability to book a transfer on your mobile, or computer, in just a few clicks. When visiting for the first time, you don’t want to be stressed with using public transport, especially if you have lots of luggage, or young children with you.

 

With transport out of the way, let’s now move on to the food – prepare to loosen your belt a few times at least when in England.


British Fare: The Food that Built a Nation

Although many would have you think that the food of England is a flavourless slop, with few redeeming qualities, we are here to dispel that harsh, slightly hurtful, misconception. Real British food is a delightful combination of quality meat, fresh veg and hearty portions. Come with us as we have a look at three meals that could fill your day (and tummy).


Breakfast: The Full English

Renowned the world over, nowhere is it made better than at home. A hearty platter consisting of everything a young man needs to put hair on his chest; it consists of eggs, sausages, bacon, toast, beans (the baked variety, in sauce), grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms and, of course, black pudding. Paired with a hot mug of PG Tips, you are set to take on just about anything.


Luncheon: Watercress and Cream Cheese Sandwiches

Less so of a gentleman’s ideal lunch, this one is perhaps more likely to be enjoyed by ladyfolk during a warm summer’s day, perchance at a tea party. When the watercress is home-grown it adds an added layer of delight to the dish. Perhaps a scone with jam afterwards, and you’ll be ready to recite poetry in the afternoon’s slowly-fading light. 


Supper: The Roast

To cap off the day in the best possible way, a full roast dinner is precisely what the doctor ordered. Although usually reserved for a sunday evening (aka., the “Sunday Roast”), you can still definitely have it on any other day. If you don’t feel up to cooking it yourself, heading to a quality carvery is your best bet. Beef is usually the meat of choice, paired with some seasonal veg, a Yorkshire Pudding, and lashing of hot gravy. If you want to feel fully British, we recommend adding a bit of Horseradish on your meat for a pairing made in Heaven.

 

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A Farewell, and Perhaps a Welcome?

Although short, we hope that this article has provided you with some initial insider information into why England is such a fabulous place to visit, and perhaps one day to even live. With our minds set on the beautiful countryside, and our taste buds tingling with the anticipation of trying that first Yorkshire pudding, England invites us in with open arms, and a charm like no other. Will you answer her call?

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