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From January 13 to February 9, four of Metro Manila's premier hotels will celebrate the British Food Month 2014 that will have you realizing that UK Cuisine isn't just fish and chips.

The Dusit Thani will be holding a Great British Carvery Brunch all Sundays of January and will be hosting visiting British chef Derek Quelch, who has prepared special menus for the festivities.

EDSA Shangri-La will be hosting High Tea during The Great British Afternoon Affair at their new Lobby Lounge from February 13-17, and will be offering The Great British Feast by having executive chef Warren Brown at HEAT.

UK-based hotel chain Intercontinental Manila will be having a British Pub Grub at Gambrinus Bar and Sol Y Sambra, while British-owned Mandarin Oriental will be offering British Business Lunch at Tosca and a unique Anglo-Indian curry buffet at Paseo Uno from February 3-9.

L-R: Janine Taylor, F&B Director, Hotel Intercontinental Manila / Alex Willats, General Manager, Dusit Thani / Ambassador Asif Ahmad, British Embassy Manila / visiting British Chef Derek Quelch, Dusit Thani / Isabel Cang, PR & Marketing Communications Assistant Manager, Mandarin Oriental Manila

During the launch recently at the Intercontinental Manila, British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad pointed out the common love for food by the British and the Filipinos.

Listen to his opening remarks in the video below (available in 360p):

"Food and Drink is a key sector for the UK and one of our growing exports to the world," Ambassador Ahmad said. "We are known for the freshness, sustainability, and quality of our food, as well as for our continuous research and innovation."

British brands supporting the month-long event include Marks & Spencer, Twinning's, and Diageo, which also introduced its new single malt whisky, The Singleton.

The British Food Month is part of The British Embassy Manila's "This is Great Britain" festival. It is a five-month festival celebrating all that is best about Great Britain and its partnership with the Philippines. 

A series of events from film premieres to screened performances from highly-acclaimed National Theatre, to trade shows, business networking, celebrations of food, entrepreneurship, fashion, an education will culminate in a 3-day festival at the Bonifacio Global City. 

Some fun food facts from Britain:

Among the foods invented or developed in England are: Marmite, HP Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, the chocolate bar, and the sandwich, which was named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. The Earl wanted a meal that could be eaten in one hand so he could continue playing cards with the other.

Pubs, short for public houses, are an important part of British life. It is here where people talk, eat, drink, relax, and meet their friends. One of the oldest pubs in the UK is The Old Ferryboat Inn in Holywell, Cambridgeshire. Records show that liquor was served as early as 560. In the lounge lies the grave of Juliet Tewsley, a young woman who took her own life after being rejected by a local woodcutter. Her apparition is said to reappear every March 17.

"Afternoon Tea" is a small meal, not a drink. It is traditionally served at 4PM and consists of tea or coffee served with scones, afternoon tea sandwiches, or assorted pastries. It is not to be confused with "High Tea" or just "Tea", a more substantial meal served between 5-7PM that combines sweet and savoury food.

Interesting, right? So head on over to The Dusit Thani, Intercontinental Manila, The EDSA Shangri-La, and The Mandarin Oriental to find out everything that's Great about Britain.

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