Save Room, a Sweet and Sticky Dessert to Never Pass Up in the UK

When I was in the United Kingdom I became a little obsessed with a sweet, dense and sticky treat. The sticky toffee pudding seemed to be on almost every dessert menu at restaurants in the United Kingdom. Many of them varied from flavor and appearance. Generally the sticky toffee pudding consists of a steamed date cake that has been soaked and drenched in a rich toffee sauce. It is sometimes served a la mode with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to soothe the richness of the dessert. Here are a few places that I tried:

London, England:

Masters Super Fish

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In a past posting, (A Staple UK Eats: Fish & Chips), I gave hype for Masters Super Fish on their delicious fish and chips. This venue in the Southwark section was the first place on my London leg of the trip I tried the decadent sticky toffee pudding. Their sticky toffee pudding was dense and abundant with date flavor. The cake was drenched in a light colored sauce that was buttery smooth. In one bite the dessert gave a velvety consistency that was creamy, but not too heavy.  I suspect that the light hue meant that more cream and light brown sugar was used for the toffee sauce. Instantly I fell in love with this dessert.

Mildreds

In the Soho section of London just past a few pubs here and there is a vegetarian restaurant called Mildreds. Mildreds offers a variety of dishes with international influences and with the options of vegan, gluten-free and wheat-free meals. They do not take reservations and the wait sometimes could be long, but it is well worth it. While waiting you can take advantage of their bar from wine to beer and specialty created cocktails.

Their take on the sticky toffee pudding is presented like a slice of cake as oppose to most of the other versions of the pudding which were served as a circular shape drenched in sauce. Compared to the other sticky toffee puddings, Mildreds had the least amount of sauce. It had a cake-like texture rather than a soaked pudding. The rich and sweet sauce was lightened by the sweet cream served on the side.

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*On a side note, one of their main dishes I recommend is the Sri Lankan sweet potato and cashew nut curry. The dish is nicely presented with big sweet chunks of sweet potatoes with yellow basmati rice with green peas topped with cilantro and chopped cashews in a cashew nut curry. The flavor of the curry was complex with flavors of coconut, cardamom, turmeric and curry leaves with the chopped sweet cashews. The thick tomato sambal on the side had tomato, cilantro and a hint of coconut that provides freshness to the dish.

Scotland

McMonagles Fish and Chip Restaurant

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Also mentioned in the fish and chips posting, McMonagles offers their ‘The Original Icky Sticky Toffee Pudding.’ The pudding had a spongy cake texture with the dates pureed within the batter of the pudding. The pudding was well saturated in the rich sauce which possessed a buttery and caramelized flavor that was not overly sweet. The ratio of sauce to pudding was equal with every bite.

McKirdy’s Steakhouse

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McKirdy’s Steakhouse in Edinburgh was just around the corner from our hotel and was recommended by Alex, our taxi driver (See post on The Locals Know Best: Edinburgh) . Their sticky toffee pudding was quite different from the others I had in the United Kingdom. The structure of the pudding was almost bread-like. There was chopped dates that settled on the bottom of the pudding with a smooth date flavor throughout. The pudding was well covered with a rich toffee sauce that had a thin consistency that pooled around the pudding. It was served with vanilla ice cream to complement and reduce the richness.

Despite the slight variations in these sticky toffee puddings, they all were quite delicious. There were no disappointments with these desserts. However if you are unable to visit the United Kingdom anytime soon, try my take on this decadent dessert: Icky Sticky Toffee Goodness (Sticky Toffee Pudding).

For information on where to get these sticky toffee puddings, see below:

Masters Super Fish

191 Waterloo Road
London SE1 8UX

+44 020 7928 6924

Mon 1:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Tue-Sat 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., Tue-Thu 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Fri 4:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Closest Tube Stations: Lambeth North, Southwark & Waterloo

Mildreds

45 Lexington Street

London W1F 9AN

+44 020 7494 1634

Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm

Closest Tube Stations: Oxford Circus & Piccadilly Circus

http://www.mildreds.co.uk/index.html

McMonagles Fish and Chip Restaurant

Argyll Road

Clydebank G81 1QA

+44 0141 951 1333

Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

http://www.mcmonagles.co.uk/

McKirdy’s Steakhouse

151-155 Morrison Street
Edinburgh EH3 8AG

+44 0131 229 6660

Sun-Thurs 5:30pm-10pm

Fri & Sat 5pm-10:30pm

Closest Train Station: Haymarket Station

http://www.mckirdyssteakhouse.co.uk/includes/content.php

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One thought on “Save Room, a Sweet and Sticky Dessert to Never Pass Up in the UK

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