French vote Britons most adventurous eatersWe like to try local and exotic foods on our hols

26 July 2007

The French have paid Britons the ultimate culinary compliment, it was revealed today.

They have voted the British the most adventurous nation for trying local and exotic foods on holiday, according to a survey from travel company Expedia.co.uk.

French hoteliers put Britons above Italians in the globetrotting gourmet table in a poll which also asked more than 1,000 Britons for their views on holiday cuisine.

Four in five Britons said it was important for them to sample authentic local food and wine on holiday.

As many as 8 per cent claimed to have killed their own food while away, and 37 per cent have let a waiter or one of the locals choose food for them.

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Only 4 per cent of Britons said finding a full English breakfast or a place serving fish and chips was a holiday essential.

France and Italy were the two best places to go for a good culinary experience, with Midlanders most interested in the type of food they get on holiday and those from the North of England the least interested.

Expedia.co.uk managing director Caroline Cartellieri said: 'These findings really show how much attitudes to food in Britain have changed over the past few years - not just at home but in the way we choose and experience food abroad, as people feel inspired to travel more often and further afield.

'We have also seen a dramatic rise in demand for 'gastro holidays' - from wine tours to cookery courses - from our customers over the last few years, so it's great to see that the perception of British tourists abroad has changed and we're even recognised by the French as appreciating local food.'

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