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Aug 17, 2013 02:29 PM

At a loss of where to eat in U.K for quick & healthy food

My husband and I are spending a few weeks in-between Ireland and the U.K. We have been travelling for 6 months now are are over eating out at restaurants and just simply want to find a good salad roll for lunch, or a healthy pho or grilled chicken with a salad for dinner.
I've come across Tesco for a quick place to grab some hummus and crackers for lunch but it's just not hitting the spot for a hot and ready made meal.

When we were in the USA we really enjoyed Whole Foods as it offered many fresh and tasty choices.

What are my options for the U.K?

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  1. The UK has many independent sandwich shops, so finding your salad roll (or salad barmcake, as I'd call it) should be a doddle, almost wherever you are. Obviously, because there are independent, you're not going to know how good they are until you go and buy something.

    Seeing as you appear to want to avoid restaurants, I'm at a loss to know where you might otherwise pick up your hot meal. If I want a hot meal, then it's restaurant/pub/cafe/takeaway. I've never been in a Whole Foods, although I know there's one in London, so I don't know what they have on offer, so can't advise what we might have similar.

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    1. re: Harters

      My fave Whole Foods outlet in London is on 63-97, Kensington High Street, The Barkers Building, London W8 5SE:

      There's a smaller one near Piccadilly Circus, on 20 Glasshouse Street, London W1B 5AR:

    2. there are various chains which target the lunch market and have a mix of sandwiches, salads, hot food or other specialisms - pret a manger, eat, abokado, pod, wasabi, itsu, apostrophe, paul, chilango, leon are all ones near my central London office. plus, as Harters says, there will be a large number of independent cafes, many of whom will make things to order.

      it will obviously depend where you are as to exactly what is available.

      1. Its a big country where will you be? London has far more options than elsewhere but its a big city and traveling a hour for a cheap feed is a bit counterproductive. You also are not going to get much that's really great in a big supermarket - its mass produced to a price point. OK for day to day but not really where Britain's best food can be found.

        1. Any larger Waitrose will have a salad bar and lots of things like cooked chicken or cold salmon for an easy dinner.
          If you are in London, there are several Whole Foods (also in Glasgow), but also the Natural Kitchen (which like a much smaller Whole Foods with good take out cooked food. There's one in Marylebone and in Fetter Lane (City)).
          Some take out lunch-type take out places stay open till the evening and serve hot food. Itsu (oriental-inspired soups and rice dishes) is one where I have often picked up a late supper.

          Also, picking up on Harters's point below, there will be lots of independent delis in many towns where you will be able to get an excellent salad for dinner.

          1. If you're in London near Kensington High St., there's a very good carry-out shop run by the Ottolenghi people. The salads and other things are delicious. The shop is on Kensington Church St. about a block from Whole Foods.