12 British Dishes to Make Your Mouth Water

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Beautiful Britain.  Ok, so we’re not exactly famous for our great weather and sandy beaches, and maybe sometimes we prefer to take the role of mysterious wallflower when compared to our more outgoing cousins (note, it’s mystery not awkwardness), but listen up world, there’s one thing about Britain that is hugely underrated – our food is amazing. Don’t believe me? Have look for yourself…

1. Bacon Butty

Bacon butty

Simple and delicious. All you need is a juicy rasher of British bacon, fried to perfection and a soft white roll. Brown sauce or ketchup is optional. Thanks to Opacity for the pic.

2. Yorkshire Puddings

Yorkshire Puddings

Nothings beats a couple of beautifully puffed up, doughy puds alongside your Sunday roast. Top tip: never open the oven door while the magic is happening, they’ll lose their puffiness. Thanks to ZapTheDingbat for the pic.

3. Cornish Pasty

Cornish Pasty

There are many imposters floating around out there, make sure yours is the real deal. Traditional Cornish pasties are always D-shaped, and crimped on one side. The filling has to be at least 12.5% meat (no less or your pasty will suffer) and is usually made with suede, potato and onion. Thanks to Gareth_Rodgers for the pic.

4. Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Need I say any more? Quintessentially British, and always best with a generous amount of salt and vinegar. Personally, I think soggy chips are the best…the soggier the better. Thanks to pelican for the photo.

5. Fry Up

Fry up

Sausage, bacon, mushrooms, hash brown and if you’re old school, a side of black pudding – not sure how I feel about pig’s blood with my morning coffee though. Thanks to Ewan- M for the photo.

6. Marmite


Love it or hate it, it’s an emblem of British yumminess. There are several wannabe Marmites that have sprung up from various corners of the globe – including an Australian hopeful named ‘Vegemite’ and a Swiss spread going by ‘Vegex’ – but as far I’m concerned, Marmite came first so it reigns supreme because it came first. Sorry Switzerland and Australia. Thanks to hodgers for the pic.

7. Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky toffee pudding

Sticky and sweet and perfect with ice cream, the sticky toffee pudding can be found in most good British pubs. And if it’s not on the menu? Well, by Jove, it ought to be. Thanks to Annie mole for the pic.

8. Roast Dinner

Roast Dinner

Whether your personal preference is lamb, beef or chicken, the result is the same – hearty Britishness to be enjoyed on a Sunday afternoon with friends and family… delicious. Thanks to diongillard for the pic.

9. Cream Tea

Cream tea;

Cornish clotted cream is quite possibly the most heavenly product to have emerged from the southwest, and when it’s melting over warm scones with jam you’d be a fool to resist. Do you prefer jam first or cream? Thanks to cowbite for the pic.

10. Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherds pie

Meat, vegetables and creamy mashed potato – the best way to keep your belly warm through the cold winter blues. Try a little red wine in the mincemeat mixture before you bake for a little extra tastiness. Thanks to  avylxyz for the pic.

11. Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble

There’s no going wrong here, crumble is extremely easy to make and always best with custard. Or you can mix it up and try it with ice cream…Thanks to jeffreyw for the pic.

12. Scotch Eggs

Scotch eggs

A hardboiled egg, smothered with sausage meat and baked in breadcrumbs – what’s not to like? Scotch eggs can be enjoyed warm or cold or, as pictured, drizzled with warm mustard sauce…divine. Thanks to Sodanie Chea for the pic.

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