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Top 10 British Culinary Delights

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I knew that British food had a somewhat dubious reputation abroad but always thought it was a bit of a joke. Then I mentioned to someone that my favorite food is boiled bacon, meaning a gammon joint, and they refused to believe that we really do boil meat. Nothing beats a few slices of boiled bacon, served with English mustard, in a warm buttered roll. So in defense of Britain’s food, here is a list, in no particular order, of some British dishes which are definitely worth a try if you ever come across them.

10

Bakewell Tart

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The Bakewell tart is a shortcrust pastry filled with jam and almond sponge (frangipane). The result is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea. The tart originates from the town of Bakewell. Local legend has it that the Bakewell tart (or pudding, as it is known in Bakewell) was created when a cook misunderstood her mistress’ instructions and layered frangipane on a simple jam tart. Whatever the truth the tart has been popular since at least the early 19th century.

9

Pork pie

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Like the Bakewell tart, the pork pie comes in a variety of forms. Cheap ones are perfect for lunch boxes, more expensive ones can almost be a meal in themselves. The pork pie likely originated as a snack for hunting parties. It is usually small, round, a crust of brittle brown pastry and a filling of chopped pork. When made in the village of Melton Mowbray, it is one of the foods of the UK with a protected name to ensure quality. A topping of fruit can be applied to make a picnic pie, or a boiled egg put in the filling to make a gala pie.


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Kedgeree

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The fry-up may be a more famous British breakfast but nothing beats a good kedgeree. Kedgeree is a dish of curried rice, flaked fish, parsley and boiled eggs. Kedgeree is one of those dishes brought back from India in the days of the Raj, and was wildly popular with the Victorians. It is not as popular as it once was, something about fish for breakfast seems to put people off, but it’s a dish to be ordered whenever you get the chance. If you make it for yourself be generous with the butter to make it decadently rich.

7

Custard tart

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The custard tart does have international variants but none to compare with the Egg Custard Tart. Custard tarts must be an ancient invention, given the wide spread of variations across the world. Like all the best foods, the custard tart is simplicity itself. All you need is a shortcrust pastry, a well made egg custard, and a sprinkling of nutmeg. The custard tart can be eaten hot from the oven, but eaten at room temperature improves it immensely.

6

Yorkshire pudding

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Yorkshire pudding is not a pudding. Yorkshire puddings are an accompaniment to Sunday roasts; some would say the best part of the meal. Miniature Yorkshire puddings with a morsel of beef and horse radish make a great canapé. Made well, Yorkshire puddings are light and crisp; made badly, they can resemble pucks. Whether or not your Yorkshire puddings rise is the true test of your cooking ability.

5

Reestit mutton

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Reestit mutton is a delicacy of Shetland. The mutton is prepared by soaking it in a saturated salt solution for three weeks, and then taken out and dried. If kept dry, the meat will be good for years. Originally, the meat would be dried in the smoke of a peat fire. It can be hard to source reestit mutton outside Shetland, but it is well worth the effort. It’s best used as the base of a soup with potatoes, swede and cabbage, and served with oatcakes or hot, fresh bread.


4

Kippers

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Kippers are one of those quintessentially English foods that leave us open for mockery. A kipper is a herring, sliced in half before being salted and smoked. It was once a common breakfast food, especially for the lower classes in the cities where fresh fish would be rare and expensive. Kippers can be enjoyed at any time though, and make a great item to throw on a barbecue.

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Fish and Chips

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Chips were apparently first made in the UK in the 1860s. The English chip is much larger than French fries, and so it has a much different texture. Although a recent vogue for chips fried three times has given us a much crisper chip, those served in Fish and Chip shops usually have a much softer texture. Almost as soon as chips appeared in England they were paired with battered fish, and a cultural icon was born. With the over-fishing of cod, other fish are being used more commonly so there’s all the more excuse to keep revisiting the chip shop.


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Mince pies

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It is not Christmas without mince pies. The history of the mince pie may have contributed to its unusual reputation. It seems the recipe of the original mince pies was brought back by the crusaders and has been evolving ever since. They were banned by puritans as part of the celebration of Christmas; defying puritans only adds to their flavor. The mince pie used to contain meat, hence the filling being called mincemeat, but now is a mixture of dried fruits, spices, fat and brandy. Mince pies are best made fresh and eaten hot from the oven, but a cold pie is never unwelcome. Pair with a dollop of clotted cream.

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Haggis

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“Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!”

Even though haggis didn’t originate in Scotland, it is certainly where it is most enjoyed these days. Scotland’s adopted national dish has a fearsome reputation, but it is undeserved. Haggis is made from the less popular parts of a sheep – that’s true, but the taste makes you forget your preconceptions. It has a gamey flavor and should be peppery on the tongue. Haggis should be served with mashed neeps and tatties (swede and potatoes). Whisky sauce complements it beautifully. Don’t let this Burns Night go by without giving it a try.

If you wish to combine haggis with fish and chips, then visit any Scottish chip shop where you will find slices of it battered and deep-fried.



  • Dean

    I bet Frater will like this list.

  • Kurt

    That sinkhole is epic… oh wait, wrong list.

    • Ness

      That sinkhole bro… Epic!

      • p1t1o

        I for one am relieved that the sinkhole didn’t make it onto this list…theres no way its a british culinary delight…not top ten anyway…

  • tom

    mmmmm…

  • YouRang?

    After reading this list, I no longer think of English cuisine as a joke. Now I think of it as a BAD joke.

    • TheKreator

      Really? Have you ever tried gammon joint or stuffed pork at all? Or Sunday roast? Or even silly Bakewell tart for that matter? No? I didn’t think so…

      • YouRang?

        Come down off your high horse. It’s what’s for dinner.”

        • eduardo jaramillo

          looooool

    • Guestimations

      Have you seen american food, they have deep fried butter….why!

      • odin
      • LB

        This list is titled: Top 10 British Culinary Delights.

        So what makes you think you can bring up Americas “fried bubble gum”? Thats not an American culinary delight is it? very few Americans have actually tried fried butter and fried bubble gum and many people have no idea it even exists.

        • Maggot

          Americas “fried bubble gum”? Thats not an American culinary delight is it? very few Americans have actually tried fried butter…

          Yeah it’s fun to take pot-shots at all these wacky deep-fried things as being “so typically American”, but they fail to understand the context from which these things have come. These are just tongue-in-cheek (no pun intended) recipes conjured up and promoted for annual summer state fair competitions…the more outlandish the better. Think of the fried butter idea as basically being a parody of itself. Some ideas actually do end up being tasty in a decadent “heart-attack-on-a-plate” sort of way, but really it’s just all in good fun and no one is pretending or claiming with a straight face that they are examples of fine cuisine. We just like to have a good time with it, something that is apparently beyond the comprehension of others or clouded by their own snobbery.

        • Simplifried

          I had never heard of either of them but they are gimmicks and in no way related to cuisine of America’s food heritage.

          • Napoleon666

            I agree, there’s many things to dislike about Americas, but not their food, it’s more than decent really. Which is more than can be said for these culinary atrocities. I bet all our French friends are laughing their asses off at this pardoy of food.

        • sashbynoe

          As fun as it is to poke fun at fatty american food, we brits don’t really have a leg to stand. Or has everyone forgotten deep fried mars bars and mince pies!

    • devilcake

      English cuisine? Do you mean BRITISH? Ignorant fool.

      • Numb2Dworld

        Speaking to anyone in particular?

      • dazbo

        British! It looks like a few different “cuisines” from different country’s in the far north west of europe!

    • crossgrinder

      A bad joke indeed, sir

  • Stu Miller’s Gust

    Thanks for the list, you represent your country well. I especially like the photo of haggis. Americans always make fun of it, but seriously, it is revolting looking. If that was a painting it could have been used for every list this past week. :)

    • YouRang?

      You have to wonder who had the greater nerve: the first woman who cooked up a haggis and told her husband to eat it or the husband who actually did eat it.

  • mrchan

    Everything on here looks gross, I will stay away from any British food. Except fish and chips.

    • devilcake

      I’ll bear that in mind when I go for the ‘appetising’ option of patty-shaped cow gristle and fried lard smothered in full fat butter. No wonder you like fish and chips, because chips come FRIED, don’t they?

      • Rob

        Enough with the nonsensical ad hominem attacks, already. British food sucks. This is a universally accepted fact outside of the UK.

        • Maeve Wirsow

          So the next time you eat gammon, Green & Black’s chocolate, any Cadburys, Mars, Frys, Nestlée and Rowntree products – that’s including chocolate bars, gum, sweets, cereal, and snacks – just remind yourself it’s British, and therefore not tasty. Then dig right back into your Mars bar and Dairy Milk, you ignorant, hypocritical, jealous fool.

          • Napoleon666

            Most of what you just listed are chemically assemled products made by companies who are only British in name, none of it is traditional British food. And why would one be jelous of the British for their cooking? Have a deep feeling of empathy becuase they have to eat this crap? Yes, definitely. But not jelousy. Yuck.

        • Charlotte

          That is hugely hypocritical. Might as well have said “Stop being so judgmental, but I judge British food as crap.” Well done…

  • Man, if I’m ever hungry, this is a good way to change that…

  • Heitham

    The only good thing about british cuisine is Chef Ramsey.

    • Omar Bongo

      And GOareth Blackstock, of course.

      • ruby

        and jamie oliver, yes..

        • odin

          and marmite

          • Simplifried

            Marmite is medicine. Mug of hot water and a level tblspn will cure what ails you. Beyond that, no thanks.

  • Carmen

    I’m not British but I lived in the UK when when I was younger. When I came back everyone used to ask me about that ‘ horrible British food’ but I didn’t know what they were talking about. I loved their big English breakfasts, roast beef with mashed potatoes and fish and chip lunches. Oh and baked beans:) Your list made me nostalgic, I’m very fond of Britain and its people. And those making fun should take a look at the strange foods lists to realize that every country has its ‘disgusting’ types of food. So look at your own cuisines before making fun of others’.

    • chineapplepunk

      How nice of you!!
      You’re right though, it might not look too fancy but for the most part the British diet actually isn’t that bad :)

      • Arsnl

        Except that adult obesity rates in UK are about 22%, in the EU 15% and France about 10-11%. So yeah the British diet is kind of bad.

        • Slappy

          That’s interesting, Arsnl. Anybody know what the adult obesity rate in the U.S. is? I’ll bet it’s high. Our national dish is, I believe, the Whopper.

          • karl

            well i know that at the current rate, within 20 years 70% of yanks will be obese…thats nearly impressive!

          • LSUTigersLauren

            I’m pretty sure the United States national dish isnt the Whopper.

            The US food is a mix of all cultures just because of the natural origin of the country. Nice ignorant try though.

          • Oxygenocide

            No, I’m pretty sure it’s the Big Mac.

    • Rudi

      How the hell are beans on toast not on this list?

  • LOL WUT?

    Spotted Dick?

    • YouRang?

      No, but I saw Jane.

      • Magnumto

        ROFL! Classic!

  • Gabryel

    whoo !! got me craving ! LOL . i love tarts ! especially when this list showed me a nice culinary food . but i would really like to try some of that of number 9 . too bad im half way around the world and eating one in my own country doesnt make the same excitement it has if im in the United Kingdom . got tons of collectibles and shirts with the PHRASE ” i love U.K. , Haha . even if havent been there . but this list made me dream more of going there :D .. haha . and Jamie will like this list . why ? we all know he loves food more than anything . haha

    • Arsnl

      I love tarts too ;-)

  • I cannot believe you used “British” and “culinary” in the same sentence.

    • Charlie Brooker

      That’s because you’re a bigot and a tit.

      • no… it’s because I have spent enough time in the UK to have personal experience with the food… but I may be a tit too, or a prat…

      • Napoleon666

        Your insults are as weird as your food and your weather. Now go ahead and call me a “boob” or a “tart” or a “ninny” or any other ridiculous, nonsensical term in your verbal arsenal.

    • Grief

      Coming from someone from the US I think that is a little rich. Aerosol cheese and aerosol pancake batter, the Double Down, processed cheese and burgers in a donut? As for people thinking that haggis is unappetising it is nowhere in the same league as the Rocky Mountain oyster.

      • Rob

        None of those are regarded as “culinary delights” by any stretch of even the most unsophisticated American’s imagination.

      • SleepySasquatch

        Woah woah woah. Let’s not go disrespecting the double down here.

        • Face

          What SleepySasquatch said, the DD is a feat unto itself.

      • Simona

        EmmaStar100 on October 22, 2009 holy shit if they came out with this on dvd i would shit myself, then buy it, then watch it, then watch it again, and again, and again until i momirezed EVERY word im such a fantardXD

  • Hercules321

    The statement “less popular parts of a sheep” made me look it up. So for those who are curious, Haggis is sheep’s heart, liver and lungs cooked in sheep’s stomach. Yummy!! :D

  • Charlie Brooker

    Nobody denies that haggis is delicious, because you can’t. It’s one of the tastiest things mankind ever invented.

  • thejudge

    what about tikka masala or korma-indian insipried curry dishes invented in britain.

  • Alan O

    Shepherds pie, cornish pasty, picallili, Cheshire cheese (crumblier and nicer than Cheddar) the list goes on (got to admit the London delicacy of Jellied eels does turn mmy stomach a bit though !).

    • antonlavey

      this sheppards pie is my favorite. Lots og great food on this list. Dont diss it till you try it

    • The pasties from Greggs aswell, and Eccles cakes, and chorley cakes (near enough the same thing, different name) Oh and Double Gloucester as a cheese, thats got a really creamy taste to it.

      As for the list, pork pies are gorgeous, gammon isnt really bacon boiled, its a joint of gammon cooked. Have to admit, fish and chips, bakewell tart and custard tart are my favouites.

      Who can forget the Welsh Rarebit! Cheese on toast but with herbs and other tidbits sprinkled on. Pork pies are tasty with some HP sauce.

      • Our Jo

        Yum Greggs pasties, eaten out of the paper bag :D
        If I ever went back to England (been in Australia 10 years), I’d head straight to Greggs from the plane!

  • UpYoursYank

    I can see why say, Americans would find our cuisine disgusting at first glance but then they did invent twinkies, corndogs, smores and diet cola YUCK!!!

    But then they do have lots of food from other countries ie. Fries, Pizza, Pasta so they can’t really comment on US food being that great…

    • Andres

      Really, only an ignorant a**hole would think that American cuisine is just limited to pizza and burgers. You can’t comment on U.S. food being great as much as I can’t comment on Scandinavian accounting standards from the 1960s being great, because I clearly don’t know them. And clearly you don’t know jacksh*t about American food.

      Have you tried Clam Chowder? Wild-caught Alaskan smoked salmon? Lobster pie? Blueberry pie? A Chicago-style hot dog or Deep Dish pizza? Authentic Tex-Mex fajitas? How ’bout Jambalaya?

      Also, speaking of diet coke: it’s clearly not part of American cuisine. It’s just an attempt to reduce calorie intake among those who drink soda. It’s a great and underrated invention whose reputation has been affected by false reports of its alleged, but completely non-existent, carcinogenic effects. That, or stupid people who don’t drink diet soda because they don’t want to look like sissies.

      And for the record, corndogs are awesome. I don’t see anything yuck about them.

      • Kris

        I’d gladly eat a corn dog before I eat any of the nasty garbage posted in this list again (exception = fish and chips). I went to England for a summer and I was absolutely miserable. The people were great, the scenery gorgeous, but the food was atrocious. I ended up eating fast food the whole summer. I’m lucky to have a fast a metabolism because I didn’t gain a single pound (actually lost two pounds. Go figure!).

        • Mr right

          Its because your a wimp who’ll only try food first if it ‘looks’ pretty

      • Simplifried

        Andres: Agreed! Excellent examples. I think your list is a great rejoinder to the current list (which is a good one in my opinion). America is so much more vast in geography and the subsequent source of fresh ingredients, that it is hard for Brits to understand that there is an American cuisine. Our vast cultures of immigrant Americans colors our cooking styles as well. We are truly a melting pot of varied, uniquely American food. So let me add to your list: cornbread, pork & bean soup, grits, hominy/chili stew, blackened redfish, pork, beef, red-eye gravy, bisquits & milk gravy, crab cakes, spoon bread, pastrami (on rye), pecan pie, shoofly pie, Smithfield hams, Texas style BBQ brisket, Loisiana po’ boy sandwiches, sourdough bread, oysters rockefeller, Philly cheese steak, chicken & dumplings, and so many more…

        • bigski

          your making me hungry dude….

      • Estereo

        jazzonkim on March 11, 2007 hey! this is the cast that I saw when I saw Avenue Q in NYC. the gary coleman was AMAZING. she looekd exactly like him. hahahahahha.

  • Simon

    Being British, I gotta admit our food is fab! We focus much more on the taste of our food than we do presentation etc. Reestit mutton and kedgeree are both things I havent tried, but i’d definitely give them a shot :)

    • Arsnl

      Looking at this list, I have to say i’m glad i live in France cue they’ve managed to make great, tasty food that also looks very good.

      • yousuck

        france the country that thought eatings frogs legs and snails was a good idea.

        • Matt C

          And horses.

          • Arsnl

            And the cheese: brie, roquefort, camembert from Normandie, bleu or foie gras (that stuff is delicious), chicken from Bresse or beef from Limousin or Bourgogne. And the wines Bordeaux or Bourgogne, champagne from Champagne or cognac from (yeah you guessed it) Cognac, pastis from the South and cidre from Calvados.
            And the desserts: the pastry is amazing (don’t go in a french bakery. Heart attack waiting to happen) croissants and crepes from Bretagne, macarons or creme brulee.

            I know it’s cute to say look we’ve got fish and chips. But british cuisine cannot compare with latin or mediterranean cuisine.

          • Simplifried

            Beef from Limosin? Sorry, Abeerdeen Angus fatttened on grass in Oklahoma could not be beaten, until Australian cattlemen democratized the Wagyu. But on the other hand, Gruyere from Limosin, and the Clafoutis….heavenly.

          • Shelley Bath

            Weren’t they only eaten because there was a meat famine? Now they only serve it up to tourists!

    • Napoleon666

      Of course you’r British. The fact that you profess British food is good testifies to the fact.

  • moopersoup

    Only a couple of these dishes sounded good. I don’t think I’m hungry anymore.

  • LoveAmericaHateMapleSyrup

    Leave the ignorant ones to their pizzas, tacos and hot dogs. None of which are actually American. And by the way stop putting maple syrup and panckes all over your full English breakfast and calling it your own… Maple syrup on sausage.. Really? And your turning your noses up at our menu.

    • Magnumto

      OK, you can badmouth the President (any of them), ridicule our medical policies, and trash talk our love of guns, but NEVER, EVER DISS TACOS! Twit!

      • bigski

        hahaha….thats right!!

      • HJRO

        ah the great food of mexico

  • Chicano chars

    I don’t judge food by its looks so even though haggis looks and sounds revolting i would still try it if i ever get a chance

  • Simplifried

    How could anyone resist this list title? It smacks of tongue-in-cheek satire and I can’t wait to read about spotted dick and Scotch eggs. In the meantime my wife is whipping up a very nice Thai dinner, a fact I am somehow comforted by as I proceed to read…

    OK, I have to say that you did your country proud Ben. You picked some of the the best and wrote well about them. While my personal taste keeps me away from Haggis and Reestit mutton, I have eaten both and recognize there are bragging rights there for some. Kedgeree is simply the fried rice found in all of the rice eating countries. It is of course, bent to the curries of the Raj. Great list. I think spotted dick, black pudding, and Scotch eggs may have been suitable for honorable mention. Stefan Gates, in his book “Gastronaut”, speculated that the only reason British food had a bad reputation were the naming conventions applied to the dishes. There may be some merit in that observation.

  • Stu Miller’s Gust

    “Maple syrup on sausage.. Really? And your turning your noses up at our menu.”

    Blimey! This comment really frosts my crumpet. I like maple syrup on everything, even my bangers. ;)

    • James

      I don’t think anyone in England has called a sausage a banger since the 30s lol As for what frosting a crumpet is I have no idea, a crumpet is the last thing you’d want crusted :P

      • James

        or frosted even lol

    • Simplifried

      me too, lather it on oatmeal, corn bread, country sausage, popcorn balls, oh man. It cost a bomb here in SE Asia but it is one of the things I won’t go without willingly.

  • jordan

    americans would prefer if all of these foods were covered in batter and deep fried

    • Luvitorleaveit

      Not true, We just prefer if you stay out.

  • James Frazer

    Yum! Kippers require a strong stomach thanks to the smoking, but everything else is lovely.

    The British have a reputation of snobbery – well I’m afraid it’s Johnny Foreigner that’s the snob if you turn your nose up at these dishes given the misconceptions/ingredients.

  • Stu Miller’s Gust

    Tam goes into his local fish and chip shop.
    ‘Two haggis suppers Toni,’ he calls across the counter.
    ‘Wow, your really pushing the boat out tonight,’ says Toni. ‘Did you win the lottery?’
    ‘Naw,’ says Tam, ‘But I did win third prize in a Sunny Govan Radio contest – here’s the voucher for my grub.’
    ‘Well done mate,’ says Toni. ‘So what were the other prizes?’
    ‘Second prize was a single haggis supper,’ says Tam.
    ‘And first prize?’ enquires Toni.
    ‘Jist the chips,’ says Tam.
    [From Why Did the Haggis Cross the Road by Stuart McLean]

  • Lurk

    dont care, i have always wanted to try haggis. Not quite sure why, but its on my list.

    • Iain

      It’s very tasty.

  • Marlena

    I spent 6 months in London some years ago and almost always had nice meals there. I tried numbers 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 10 and liked them a lot. If I liked red meat, I would have tried numbers 1, 5, and 9. I would have added the famous and delicious scones to this list.

  • Ni99a

    You know what would be fun? Serve pork pie to the muslims and tell them it is Bakewell Tart.

    • GrammmerNazi

      Do you know what would be even more fun? To put a bomb in a box of tarts tell them it is “exploding” with flavor.

  • Vanowensbody

    Great list. How is eel pie?

  • BritishFella

    That picture of Pork pie doesn’t do it justice at all, here is a better one:
    http://www.bobthebrit.net/wp-content/uploads/2009

    • bigski

      dont look much better…..looks like spam in a hollowed out bisquit. i would eat it though hahaha.

  • Max

    What about the Cornish Pasty??

  • Hamster

    I believe Beef Wellington deserves a mention in this list. Gordon Ramsay is a genius :D

    • oouchan

      True!!!

      • NedNoodle

        He is certainly no genius and far from it. He is a good chef but no more and he’s a dick head.

  • Ol’ Chap

    This food is unbeatable. Stick your American food back where it came from – up your arse!

    • Doug

      If you think that this food is unbeatable, you’ve obviouly never left Great Britain.

  • I agree, most of this food looks disgusting, but as an English person, I have to say that most (excepting kippers and gammon) are absolutely delicious.

  • oouchan

    Totally craving all of these foods now!….and it’s 6am! What a wonderful list of food. I’ve tried all but the mutton and kippers. (my cat is named kipper, just for randomness) Haggis is good with ketchup. :) And ANYTHING that is a tart is fantastic. Great selection of foods.

    Yummy list!

  • bigski

    i like trying different kinds of food from different countries…..had catfish and chips the other night. very good!

  • poppypower

    Great list Ben, I have to have branston pickle with my pork pies -makes them so much tastier! You forgot a couple of my faves though – cornish pasties, steak and ale pie, full english with black pudding, bread and butter pudding with custard and scones with jam and clotted cream mmmm yummy!!!

    I have no idea why we get such bad press for our food, we’ve got loads of Michelin starred restaurants and chefs over here and our Sunday roasts are legendary!

  • David

    List is way too UK-centric.

    Pork pie = old Spam in a burnt pie shell.

    Fish and chips = Long John Silver combo.

    Rest of list = yuk. Where’s the Pepto-Bismol?

    • Mike

      Too uk-centric? It makes a change from the typical US centric website this is, most people outside of the US would agree, also before you judge try a Yorkshire pudding dripping with gravy. US cuisine:
      General foodstuff but bigger and worse tasting, I went to Florida last year and you could get a starter for breakfast at Denny’s, that’s just ridiculous.

      • yariwari

        Denni’s is a 24/7 restaurant… you can get anything on the menu for breakfast

    • Simplifried

      Too UK-centric?? Is it your usual habit to read everything but the title?

  • Elemarth

    I had always thought of British cuisine as being pretty bad, but I went to Ireland and Scotland last summer, and I was corrected. Almost everything I ate there was great! I loved the food!
    On this list, I’ve only had fish and chips and haggis. If I were you, I would definitely have included steak and kidney pie or some variant. There are also a lot of breakfast foods you could have mentioned. Maybe someone should do a British breakfast list…

  • karl

    love the list…nothing to do with that im english. I was hoping to see a full english breakfast on here but the fish n chips will suffice :)

  • Oliveh

    I’m American but I find these foods delicious! Of course, I’m also from the south… Frog legs, anyone?

    • magoopaintrock

      Southern food. Now we’re talkin’.

    • bigski

      heck yes….the best !

    • Auburn Tiger

      I’d venture to say my diet is about 20% barbecue and fried chicken. I love the south. I was in the British Isles this summer, and the food in Scotland and Ireland was pretty good. That being said, Irish stew is pretty much what we call beef stew around here (we come from Irish immigrants, so surprise, surprise). It was probably my favorite vacation I’ve been on. I didn’t meet a single rude Scottish or Irish person. The only thing I missed about home was sweet tea, barbecue, and my guitar.

      • Auburn Tiger

        *The last sentence should read “things were”. I sound like a damned bumpkin.

        All that being said, there is some British food that just is not good. Mushy peas may be the worst thing in the world. I didn’t know someone could find a way to make peas worse, but the English seem to have managed it. Blegh.

  • annie

    i was very skeptical of british food until i lived in new zealand, and they serve quite a few british offerings.

    while some is delicious, others i wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.

  • Beth

    Love it-I dare you to say exactly what the less popular parts of the haggis are!!!!!!

    Chef Beth

    • bigski

      does it have anything to do with gonads ?

  • wily

    Well – score “100!” for attitude – this is the most optimistic post, ever.

    What’s next – 10 most gorgeous Neanderthals?

    • Jade

      Scientific evidence shows that the majority of Neanderthals didn’t have protruding foreheads, didn’t speak with grunts and groans and cared for themselves, their loved ones AND their dead. Also, they are proven to have been attractive – not only to their mates, but some may have conformed to society’s narrow view of the ideal man/woman today.

      • Phil

        shut up bitch

  • I’ve had #s 2,3,6 & 7..love to try # 10,8,&4…the others…I dont know…

    My dad LOVES mincemeat pie. He always puts a slice of cheese on it..is that normal? Maybe its a scottish thing…

    BTW…I am American…I just love food especially if its not American lol

  • Bernard Marx

    You forgot bangers and mash and shepherds pie.

  • Kenzie

    I don’t think I’d like any of these. Though, is Yorkshire pudding anything like popovers? If so, I might like that. Generally, I think of bland, boiled food when I think of British food. I love very salty, spicy, or sweet food, and anything that doesn’t have a lot of flavor isn’t appealing to me. American food may at times be very unhealthy, but life is short, as long as I stay healthy, I should enjoy what food I like. Plus, I can’t stand eating animal organs. So now I’m off to eat some cotton candy ice cream and fried chicken. :P

    • devilcake

      You say British food is bland and boring… clearly you’ve never tried it. Mince pies, Marmite and kippers – all British foodstuffs – are, quite simply, full of flavour. Maybe you don’t like mince pies, or you entirely loathe kippers, but if you’ve never tried them, don’t make judgements. Also, we don’t boil all our food. One of the most famous British dishes is a Sunday ROAST. I repeat, ROAST. As in, not boiled? Oh, by the way. Those hamburgers America’s so famous for? They originate in Hamburg, Germany.

      • Kenzie

        I didn’t say British food is bland and boring, just that that’s generally what I’ve heard. People who are from around where I live say that, so I don’t have an intense desire to try it. When someone tells me they don’t like American food, I don’t take it as a personal insult, and neither should you. Everyone has different tastes. :)

  • Sylar

    The only thing that is missing from this list is Steak Pies. I can’t go a week without eating one!

  • qwertzman

    In (northern) Germany we boil meat, too. Usually it’s pickled or smoked beforehand.

  • British food is actually really good, or it is to me at least. As an American I was very reluctant to try haggis but it is absolutely amazing.

    I’m glad it’s finally cool enough for me to cook up some shepherd’s pie =)

  • David Hopkins

    My grandmother was British. Some of these are pretty good. Others, I’d pass.

  • J

    Very nice list. You make me want to try Haggis.

    Didn’t think it was possible to have the word “British” in the title without the children rushing in to whine about America. Bit sad really. They remind me of the people who must say “first” on lists. Taking up posts with banality.

    Wonder if it is possible to have any nationality in the title without the people that identify themselves through how they feel about America not chiming in with their tired drivel.

    • andres

      I didn’t think it was possible to have the word “list” in the Web site without the children rushing in to whine about America.

    • J

      Interesting that the word ba and nality is censored because it contains a and nal. Sad that this either is considered offensive enough to cause censorship.

      • bigski

        an al too……hahaha.

    • Mr right

      its not unreasonable for people to whine about americans when 90% of these comments are of americans clearly basing their facts on a stereotype.

      • Mr right

        saying that, stereotypes usually start from somewhere… imo british food is great but when it comes to taste, americans you are the experts in making food tasty! but not healthy lol, i like to think we british have struck a compromise

  • dotmatrix

    We can at least be grateful Marmite isn’t mentioned here.

    • Metalwrath

      True that! :D

      Marmite is probably one of the most repulsive things I’ve tried ^^

  • Metalwrath

    It’s not that British food is bad, it’s that British people tend to not be too picky. As a Frenchman, I have had huge difficulties finding decent food when I went to London (big cities in the US and Canada show the same problem). Junk food everywhere, rarely anything decent… or you have to go on a quest to find them. It’s terrifying.

    Otherwise, surely the British do have nice traditional dishes, like every people in the world. I tend to believe the British are best at making good breakfasts and deserts. For central meals, they’re not so good. I do like roast beef with that sauce of yours though! :)

  • Steve

    Wonderfully written. As a bit of an Anglophile, I’m inspired.

  • Swapie

    I had Haggis in Portree, Scotland the first time and really enjoyed it.
    In South- Africa we call it tribe/offal but it is not made the same way.

  • KBlay

    So, where’s the Marmite?

  • Bella

    I’d like to see a list with South African foods! We have some delicious dishes on this side of the worl!!! :D This was a very informative list though! Even the waitress in Maxis took and interest in the British foods as I was reading the list (especially the custard tart)… she wanted the recipe :P

  • Bella

    I’d like to see a list with South African foods! We have some delicious dishes on this side of the world!!! :D This was a very informative list though! Even the waitress in Maxis took and interest in the British foods as I was reading the list (especially the custard tart)… she wanted the recipe :P

    • Arsnl

      If you say it again, you’ll get a tart.

  • RedMan

    Some of these are not strictly British. Kippers, hagiss, mince pies, and the curry rice dish are well known in many places. While hagiss is mostly known to be a British food the vikings had a version of it as do many African countries. The kippers were the next thing to bring up but I don’t think it needs explaining. Mince pies can be found in many places but go by other names it is however pretty much the same thing. Lastly thge curry dish needs no explaining but I will say from experience that it is quite tasty but eat it while hot cause when cold the fish can create an odor that I don’t care for but that doesn’t mean others wouldn’t enjoy it. Anyway keep an open mind when it comes to new food cause even though some sound gross they can be one the tastiest things ever. Not a bad read at all but for some reason I have a craving for tripe stew now.

    • bigski

      if you like tripe try some menudo….its a mexican tripe soup.very tasty!

    • Name2

      Not as familiar with the food as some, but I had the opposite feeling. I thought it was more English than British.

      I think it’s interesting that Lenny Henry played an English chef, but he liked to eat French.

  • Magnumto

    Ben, I recently quit smoking and have mysteriously begun to gain weight, and you ain’t helping. Great list, one of the best-written I can recall. Well done!

  • Lsjsj

    All the negative comments confuse me, call me ignorant. But what the he’ll can you eat for breakfast if not a full English!?!?!?

  • John B. Egan

    As a Yank with a British mother, I got a kick out of the list. Oddly I found kippers in the store here in the US this morning and bought 3 cans.

    I think you could easily have added ‘Steak and Kidney Pie’ which I still make, Cornish Pasties (sold locally in several stores here in Grass Valley, California because of the Cornish miner tradition), ‘Spotted Dick’, ‘Toad in the Hole’ and probably the most decadent desert in the world, ‘Sherry Trifle’.

    • I used to love Steak and Kidney Pie! Then my mum made a pie with bad kidney in it. The whole family got food poisoning and that was that forever!

  • Josh

    I’m English and I’ve only ever tried 3 & 6. I think I might have had a mince pie once at Christmas when I was younger. It’s funny most Americans seem to eat these more just because of the novelty. I didn’t even know what a crumpet was until I was 18.

    • Josh

      Just want to add that Haggis is definitely a Scottish thing. In England, Ireland or Wales if you asked for a Haggis you would be looked at as if mentally unstable.

    • Crumpets are lovely! I even make my own.

  • Andrea

    British complainers are the “ignorant” ones here. Just because some people don’t like something in your culture, doesn’t mean you have to trash their culture.

    There are plenty of worldwide foods many readers would turn their noses up at, from Sardinian maggot cheese to Chinese baby mice wine to Korean live baby octopus.

    Not every food is for every one. That’s called choice, people!

    • Iain

      Agreed, but I think the over-defensive Brits are responding to the comments of those simply show prejudice against British food because it’s British food.

  • Iain

    Glad to see haggis number 1, rightly so.
    But no black pudding?

  • Tracey-Lynn

    Where’s the Cornish pasty? And I don’t mean that Gingsters shit, I mean a proper Cornish pasty from Rowes, Warrens or Philps. Can’t beat a proper Oggy Oggy.

  • kpilkers

    Congress Tart!

  • Wow! This list takes me back to childhood.

    My mum was not British, she was Australian, but many of the dishes on this list are things I grew up eating (or rejecting!). I think Aussie cuisine takes a lot from British cuisine.

    Kippers were standard fare, trading off with Finnan Haddie, for Friday night supper. Curried eggs, either as a simple dish or as Kedgree, was a guaranteed Easter Monday breakfast or supper (I still love curry). Fish & Chips was always a fav! I have vivid memories of Fish & Chips, wrapped in newspaper, being a favorite beach lunch at Bondi…I was 4 or 5. Now, my husband and I often share a portion of Fish & Chips for lunch at our fav. beachside restaurant.

    If anyone hasn’t had the pleasure of enjoying Yorkshire pudding then you have a real treat in store. Mum used to make it, now my husband does. No roast beef meal is complete without Yorkshire pudding.

    In my experience Bakewell tart and custard pudding – both fantastic as breakfast if there are the rare leftovers – are among the nicest of *simple* desserts. However, for me, Mince Pie is not a treat. It was something we had every Christmas but I didn’t eat it, instead I went for the Plum pudding with hard sauce…whiskey sauce…and whipped cream. Mum’s recipe had the traditional 13 ingredients, and was usually made the year past, with the pudding made that year going into hibernation until the following year. Even as quite a young child the Plum pudding and hard sauce was a favorite.

    Haggis is something, I am ashamed to admit, which I have never had the nerve to try. The entire idea of it just makes me shiver. Mutton is something we *never* had. In our house only Spring lamb was served.

    This list has my mouth watering.

  • Simms

    I remember in the early years of this site when there wasn’t such blatant prejudice. I don’t mean to be preachy, but within the last year-and-a-half or so, the amount of anti American, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, European, etc. comments have skyrocketed, and it seems as if more lists are being published that foster this. I don’t know, I just think that the old “feel” of Listverse has disappeared.

  • Emily

    I love this list, so original I wish I had thought of it

  • Patricia

    I’d like to add Jam Donuts and Cornish Pasties

  • lilkty

    I didn’t know fish and chips were British! thats nice to know.

    I’ve known that German doesn’t have a very good reputation outside of schnitzel and bretzels but I learned to like it a lot when I lived there, I guess its just a matter of trying everything before giving your opinion.

  • mogadored

    I think it’s unfair that Britain gets the reputation of providing horrible food – I say this as somebody who was brought up with Polish food! That is an acquired taste! There are definitely more startling dishes out there for those who aren’t used to them.

    It’s basic and can seem stodgy, but that doesn’t make it bad. Cold weather can make you desire rich and warming food! In regards to it being sometimes quite basic – use good ingredients, and sometimes you wouldn’t want to overcomplicate it.

    None of these would be my top 10, however. Mine would be:

    10: Tika Masala

    9: Sticky Toffee Pudding

    8: Cornish Pasty

    7: Christmas Pudding

    6: The Sponge Cake (I’d give this a mention, because you can do so much with a bit of sponge cake!)

    5: Stargazey Pie (never had it, I’m veggie, but it just seems so fabulous :D)

    4: The Fry Up

    3: British Cheeses (there are a hell of a lot of them, with many different flavours and strengths and textures)

    2: Umm, ok I’ll have fish and chips there

    1: Condiments! Relishes, pickles, chutneys, horseradish, piccalillis … I give these the top spot because you can make anything wonderful if you have the right condiments, and we have an inordinate amount of them.

    • bigski

      i got the munchies and all this stuff sounds effin good….

    • Tracey-Lynn

      Stargazey Pie! I grew up near Mousehole in Cornwall where it comes from! Loved going down there near Christmas and soaking up the atmosphere! The Mousehole Cat is such a lovely young childrens book too, with its Stargazey Pie, always makes me feel homesick when I hear about it!

  • Joe

    They didn’t mention spotted dick. Yes that’s a real food.

  • Techstyles

    Mmmm – cheese and haggis toastie, woo hoo…

  • Susie

    I’m English and I wouldn’t eat half the stuff on that list, bleurgh. Thank god for the cuisines of other countries! Give me a salad any day!

  • Liina

    I’m not British but have lived in the UK for 2ish years as a student.
    I must say I’m not a big fan of the food in the UK but this list is very good. Haven’t tried haggis yet, but willing to totally try it once I get the chance.

    I don’t like the fact that the pubs for example never serve good tasting salads or other healthy food – it’s always burgers/pies (which I do like but god, the amount of calories..)/grills/pasta/sandwiches etc – kinda junk food-ish.

    However, I usually cook my own food anyways so when I want something healthy with lots of vegetables/fruit, I will just make it without worrying about my student finances. I couldn’t do that e.g. in Japan where everything fresh is expensive!!

    Some of the British food is very nice though, big fan of tarts, chips (not the fish though, never enjoyed cooked fish as much), English breakfasts, scones, roasts with yorkshire pudding, bangers and mash and all those meaty pies.

    I must say indeed though, some of it might not look very appetizing once you see it for the first time. But it’s simple food.

    In the end, everything will be mixed in your stomach anyways and who the hell cares what it looked like before. :)

    What I’m trying to say in the end is that people who go to other countries and claim they can’t eat ANYTHING while there, cause the food is gross, are just making excuses to go to MacDonalds. There’s good food in every developed (and in most developing) country so stop being lazy and go find it.

  • Bella

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  • glutton

    beef wellington , cornish pasties , bubble and squeek , angus beef , fruit cake , plum puddig , brighton rock , spotted dick , herring , oysters and guinness , soda bread , love my pommie foods

  • Amber

    I’m English and having lived abroad in two different countries I have to say English cuisine wins. The best thing about English cuisine is a lot of it isn’t even English – you can get an amazing Chinese, Indian, Thai, or Italian (etc) better than I’ve ever found in any other country (except maybe the countries themselves).
    Yorkshire puddings are amazing. My sister likes them crispy and dry. I fill mine up with gravy and let them go soggy before I eat them.
    Gammon is delicious with mustard, or just on its own. It’s got a much more pleasant texture than otherwise cooked pork, I find.
    And fish and chips is the national icon I’m most proud of – you can walk past a chippy not having thought about food all day and suddenly find yourself totally ravenous. And to me, chips aren’t chips unless they’re covered in salt and drowned in malt vinegar.

    Don’t knock these things until you’ve tried them. It’s very ignorant and unfair of people to call this food “disgusting” when they’ve never been to England/Britain or even tried their own versions of this food.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, after reading this I’m starving hungry, think I’ll go and get some lunch. :)

  • Andy J

    “Yorkshire pudding is not a pudding”

    I beg to differ! As children, we always had the choice of eating it with the meal or for ‘afters’ with either golden syrup, jam or lemon curd. Delicious!

  • Handrejka

    Good list but I don’t think the photos chosen do the food justice. Port pies, especially the mini ones, are yummy and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Yorkshires. Personally, I don’t like custard tart or bakewell tart because I don’t like custard of any sort or almods but I can confirm everything else on the list is very tasty.
    I think there are enough delights to make a follow up list. Cornish pasties, black pudding, christmas pudding, ulster fry, Welsh rarebit, sticky toffee pudding, lancashire hot, scouse etc.

  • Vixk

    Melton’s not a village (at all)! It’s a town, large-ish, in North-east Leicestershire :)

  • Portuguese do it better

    There are 10 British Culinary Delights? WOW!!!

  • matt

    Alright, you’ve got my curiosity…

  • squidmilker

    everything besides fish and chips on this list looks revolting to me. to each his own I guess.

  • Thomas Clarke

    Only the British would claim such as kedgeree and haggis and then make these their own. I was surprised to Vegamite not claimed. These do not make a cuisine except as examples of the best of the British. When you think haggis I used to think Scotland, cold, grey and damp. Now I think of haggis and I wonder what else the English will coopt. Most likely it will be boiled peanuts.

    • Handrejka

      The title of the list is British delights, not English, and Scotland, whether the Scots like it or not, is part of Great Britain.

  • GiGi

    Everything on this list is so nasty, I threw up in the back of my throat a little bit. I have been to Wales & England & the only things edible were fish & chips, cheshire cheese, & triffle.

  • iggystar71

    I’m not going to lie, that picture of the haggis looks horrifying! Still, I’d probably try it. Most of what’s on the list looks pretty interesting and the fish and chip looks just delicious.

  • Lifeschool

    Some really good entries and a few daft ones. Never heard of #8 or #5 – and the lack of the full English breakfast or the Sunday Roast is a bit silly.

    • Iain

      How does the fact that you haven’t heard of something make its inclusion daft?

  • Bec

    All of this looks pretty damn tasty! I for one appreciate this list, as I’ve often heard the names of these foods and had no idea what they were. What they are, and what to eat it with, is awesome. Although the pork pie looks off-putting, I would love to try it.

  • Zig, a Scot Abroad

    Just reading this list makes me homesick, and Haggis made it to #1? Yay. For those of you too “sassenach” to try it, may I suggest the Americanized or even vegetarian versions? They are fairly passable imitations of the real McCoy, if the seasoning is accurate. (Recipes abound on the net.)

    A few additions I’d like to suggest:

    Shepherd’s Pie (made with lamb) or its beefy counterpart, Cottage Pie (almost as good on a cold winter’s eve).

    Stovies – made in a cast iron skillet. Absolutely divine.

    Cornish Pasties, a staple of Cornish tin miners of yesteryear: Cholesterol-packed pastry parcels of scrumminess. Sausage rolls – ditto! Bridies, a Scottish variation of the Cornish Pasty. All FAR superior to the pork or Gala pies, imho, which, due to the gelatinous nature of the cold, cooked pork and the heavily larded pastry leave me nonplussed.

    Cock-a-Leekie Soup: Chicken broth with leeks and carrots. Poetry in a spoon. Often served as a starter on Burns’ Night.

    Cullen Skink. Another robust northern soup made from Finnan Haddie (smoked haddock) with potatoes and onions. The creamy version, with the right amount of seasoning, gives Lobster Bisque a run for its money any day.

    Clootie Dumpling: The stoutest of puddings, mixed up with assorted dried fruits, a handful of suet and a sixpence (5p coin in the modern version) for luck, wrapped up lovingly in a floured cloth and simmered for hours in a deep pot of water over a low flame… Words fail me. Leftovers can be sliced, fried gently and dusted with fine sugar as an accompaniment to the Great British Breakfast. Which consists of:

    A couple of fried eggs (over easy)
    Rashers of BACK bacon (not the nasty streaky variety)
    Black Pudding. (Don’t ask what the principal ingredient is. Trust me on that one!)
    White Pudding. (a paler version of ye olde Clootie Dumpling)
    Lorne Sausage. A traditonally square variety, found north o’ the border.
    Cumberland Sausage. The King of English sausage.
    Potato or “tatty” scones, gently fried alongside the bacon and sausage.
    Sauteed button mushrooms.
    Fried tomatoes.
    Crisply fried bread, cut into small triangles. Delish.
    Baked beans. (They HAVE to be Heinz!)

    Seriously great list, all the more so because the bad reputation that British food has acquired over the years is largely undeserved.

  • joebecca

    Yorkshire pudding is so freaking good…

  • Mrs Marvel

    I thought this list was going to help people want to eat English cuisine. Haggis, augh! Better to have listed Christmas pudding, Shepherds Pie, pasties, anything!

  • James

    Best egg custards are from Portugal called pastel de natas.

  • Conan

    A lot of countries are fast food orientated. But in any country you can find good food, so i dont believe half the people when they say they couldn’t find a good meal in London. Being that they have restaurants serving food from many different countries. A lot on the list are more what you would eat at home than in a restaurant, or would be part of another meal. Like pork pie you would have with chips and salad etc

    This list turned into the usual “my country has better than yours” bullshit as usual. When in fact all countries have regional delicacies that most wouldnt know about unless you went to certain places. Mostly small quiet family owed restaurants.

    Only food i hate is those that are posh or pretentious. I like good food that tastes good and that feels you up.

  • Jim

    What about black pudding..mmmmmm

  • Peter

    Some interesting stuff there, never heard of the Restitt Mutton!

    But I think there’s plenty their you missed…which may not have resulted in the general sniping and back biting that seems to be going on…

    Shepherd’s pie
    Cheddar cheese/Stilton (any British cheese really)
    Real ale/cider
    Glazed ham
    Champ/colcannon
    Irish Stew
    Lancashire hotpot
    Tea (in all its varied forms)
    Cumberland sausages
    Puddings (which we’re generally famous for!)
    Chicken Tikka Masala
    Game pie

    I could go on….

  • John

    No Cornish Pastie?

  • p1t1o

    Ooh ooh! I’ve got one! Gin! Gin should be on this list :)

    Whats that? I didn’t phrase that properly? Oh ok, right, here goes:

    The author is a liberal hippy spouting this list only as a means to convey his propaganda and “opinions”, Kipper makes the list but Gin gets thrown on the rubbish heap?

    Keep your bias, Communist.

  • KenfromBaltimore

    Ok, what exactly is mutton?

    • Max

      Its a old sheep, like lamb but tougher and more like rubber :L ha

  • Rochelle

    Great list. I’ve never had Haggis however. what is that? Thanks for posting this.

  • skies

    This really isn’t a fair representation of British food, not many of these dishes are eaten all that frequently any more and a couple are practically unheard of.

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  • hardcoremilk

    I thought Haggis originated in Scandinavia and was introduced by invading Vikings.

  • alowishusfive

    It’s very funny how defensive most of you are about this!

  • CHURCHILL

    People of the world please don’t get the wrong idea. This is a bit of a tongue in cheek list. I live in England and I eat everything you do in the U.S. Alot of people don’t actually eat most of the crap on the list. Yorkshire puddings with gravy are soo nice though..

  • Drac

    What the heck is the “Parson’s Nose?”

  • samuel welsh

    its up to you to whats tasty, i like fish and the deserts

  • LookyLoo

    Ugh, my mom, who is from Ireland, used to make us eat herring for breakfast every Christmas, until we mutinied. Not a delight by any means, especially not first thing in the morning.

  • Adam

    That haggis looks big.

  • Toonie

    I must be the only person here to have tried Reestit mutton, I can honestly say, it may be the most tasty thing I’ve ever eaten. It’s the most flavorsome piece of meat I have ever experience.

    When its made into soup it’s even better. Don’t judge it by that picture. I reckon you could sell Reestit mutton soup in any top restaurant in the world and it would be a hit.

    Now I’m feeling homesick, the chances of me ever having Reestit mutton in England is a big fat 0%

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  • Liss

    I’ve seen loads of comments on here saying “stop being ignorant, American food is great” when the original comment was something cruel, arrogant and badly worded like “uuurghh britishh foooood suckss its sooo gross yuckyy”. What right do you have to call that person ignorant when you’ve most likely not tried every item on this list? Why can you say someone defending their own cuisine is ignorant, yet if they defend yours, it’s simply patriotic?

  • Anonymous

    THE BRITISH INVENTED THE SANDWICH and roasted turkey, scones (or biscuits to Americans) and I believe also the modern-day pie!

    So, only Continental Europe and Asia (not Americans) can make fun out of British Cuisine – but some of their stuff are no less worse.

    • p1t1o

      I thought turkey came from the americas?

  • girl

    what parts of a sheep is haggis made from?

    • dizit

      You don’t want to know.

    • Heart, lungs and liver, all mashed up with oats and barley and spices and boiled in the sheeps stomach. Although today most haggis’s (especially from the supermarket shelves) will come in plastic and not a stomach.

      Its delicious really, it looks just like mince when its on your plate so don’t worry about what part it is.

  • Charlotte

    God, what I would give for a mince pie right now! Why, oh why, are they a Christmas delicacy!! And no, there is no meat in it.
    I love all things on this list.. except Haggis, which I have never tried. But how about the Steak and Kidney pie??
    Shame on anyone dissing gammon without tasting it!

  • V

    Why is everything meat, puddings, and pies? I am sure there are more colourful and delicious English dishes…

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    Yorkshire pudding is pudding, it’s just that pudding isn’t necessarily dessert.

  • Mr Fallout

    “Neeps” were originally a nickname for parsnips. But somehow it now refers to swedes as well, dunno how though!

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