Classic British foods to try while in the UK

5 Traditional foods to try while in the UK!

These timeless British dishes are often enjoyed across the country and should definitely be on your list of things to try while in the UK. While British cuisine is often overlooked, this list proves there are many amazing options!


Fish and Chips

There are currently around 10’500 specialist Fish and Chips shops in the UK clearly proving it is the Nation’s favourite.A typical Fish n’ Chips consists of a fried battered fish, usually cod or haddock, hot potato chips and a side of mushy peas. Vinegar also plays an important role in the dish.

The meal is most commonly enjoyed on a Friday and is usually in takeaway form. This is definitely something that should be enjoyed during a visit to a traditional seaside town like Whitby or Brighton, why not try one on one of our trips our trips to these iconic seaside places? You can find our upcoming trips here.


“”There are currently around 10’500 specialist Fish and Chips shops in the UK “”


Sunday Roast

As the name might tell you, this is a meal designed for a great Sunday feast. The main part of the dish is roasted potatoes and roasted meat, either beef, chicken or ham, which is accompanied by Yorkshire pudding, stuffing and a variety of vegetables such as roast parsnips, carrots, peas, Brussel sprouts, beetroot, broccoli or runner beans. All of this is then covered in thick and creamy gravy sauce.


While Haggis is not as well-known outside of the UK as the first three items on the list, it is definitely worth trying. Indeed, Haggis is the national dish of Scotland and something truly one-of-a-kind. The dish can be described as a savoury pudding containing sheep’s heart, liver and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal, a range of spices and salt. It is traditionally served in the animal’s stomach, however now this is often replaced with artificial casing. Don’t let the description shock you and try the Scottish delicacy when you get the chance.


Steak Pies

Savoury pies are a common meal in the North of England. The steak pie, made from stewed steak and beef gravy that is enclosed in a puff pastry shell, is a clear favourite. Variations of the pie sometimes include mixed vegetables, kidneys or mashed potatoes in the filing.


English Breakfast

Arguably one of the most famous British foods is the English breakfast. This traditional meal dates back to the 13th century and it has been said that Sir Winston Churchill would always start his day with a Full English. A full English breakfast typically includes bacon, sausages, eggs, scrambled, fried or even poached, toast, mushrooms, cooked tomato and of course baked beans. Some variations of the classic dish include black pudding, hash browns or white pudding if served in Wales

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Cream Tea

Afternoon tea, or cream tea, was first introduced by the Duchess of Bedford Anna in 1840 to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner. The light meal, consisting of tea, usually with milk and sugar, and a selection of scones covered in clotted cream and jam, is the perfect afternoon delight for any sweet tooth.

Overall, the UK has its fair share of traditional foods which are all worth a try and you can find them on most street corners. It’s worth mentioning, the UK is exceptional at perfecting other countries cuisines if these aren’t to your taste.

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