The Brits Have Nailed Hearty Fall Cooking—These Recipes Are Proof

The Brits may have gotten heat for not having the most refined national cuisine in the past—between pub classics like fish and chips or bangers and mash—but if there is one thing they know how to do better than anyone, it's fine comfort food—and a crop of gourmet grocery stores, chefs, and food writers are bringing the best of British cuisine to light. After all, who better to know what to eat by a roaring fire when it's raining outside than Londoners?

One such store is Fortnum & Mason, a small grocery shop opened in 1707, turned gourmet department store complete with tea salons, wine bars, and restaurants in London's Picadilly. The cult of British cuisine is not lost on the iconic department store, which invented the Scotch egg in 1738, fed generations of royals, and now smokes its own salmon on the roof next to a collection of beehives used to make local honey. Earlier this summer, Fortnum & Mason decided to release its first cookbook in over 300 years—penned by food writer and critic Tom Parker Bowles, son of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Want to eat like a true royal? From hot crumpets for breakfast to a slow-roasted Shepherd's pie for dinner, these are the best of British recipes for rainy fall days.

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