London Where to go for Black Pudding

Mar 8th, 2004, 04:37 PM
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London Where to go for Black Pudding

Yes, I know what black pudding is made of. I was in London last year and couldn't find it on the menu at any of the restaurants. I haven't had the real thing in years. Where can I find this in London. Thanks for any help.
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Mar 8th, 2004, 08:18 PM
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I suspect you didn't find black pudding on restaurant menus because it's usually served at breakfast--at least, that's when we usually had it.
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Mar 8th, 2004, 09:38 PM
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Won't you find it at the West Indian restaurants? I don't have an answer as to the restaurant names, but I think that's the kind of black pudding you're referring to, the one they make in the Caribbean?
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I am quite sure that Black Pudding is of British origin rather than the West Indies/Caribbean.

Here's what I found on google:
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Black pudding is very much from the midlands of England. Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby and thereabouts. In London you might find it in pubs that specialise in very traditional "old English" food.
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Oops, so sorry about that. quot;> We have a different type of black pudding.
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It usually features in restaurants only in mimsy, poncified, portions as a first course in nouvelle-y places. The "boudin noir with balsamic vinegar, rocket and shaved Parmesan" sort of thing.

Otherwise, you'll find it in greasy-spoon style breakfast places. Especially the places round Smithfield (including the breakfast pubs). I find it's very important to eat black pudding in very busy caffs (the universal English term for the sort of place that serves this kind of thing). Low-volume places pre-cook it, and then let it dry out (which also happens in serve-yourself breakfast buffets).

Of proper restaurants, St John, near Smithfield, sometimes serves it not messed about with (and if you like black pudding, you'll probably like most other things St John does).

Otherwise, in London, it's down to any decent butcher and buy it. It is, BTW, pre-cooked, and great cold. And if you're on the tourist circuit, the butcher in Woodstock does a particularly peppery version

But the real place to eat black pudding is in Bury Market, near Manchester. Stalls do hot black pudding baps, as well as selling a range of different kinds.

It freezes well.
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Mar 10th, 2004, 09:20 AM
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This is a change of subject, but have you tried white pudding? Tastier than black. (Nicht blutwurst, of course). Found as a breakfast food at B&Bs around Wales and Ireland.
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I havent eaten it for years, maybe because its kind of passe. You might find it eaten more 'oop norf' along with mushy peas. Yuck.
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