The British are famous for a lot of things. But despite what the mainstream media shows you, there are a lot of weird little quirks about them that are absolutely delightful, especially when it comes to their food. The rustic farmyard vegetables, grass-fed livestock and the never-ending supply of cheese makes you wonder about the handsome British dishes. But before coming to the UK make sure you know what is what is in the UK food world. Bangers are sausages, rashers are slices of bacon, crisps are chips and chips are fries. (yes, really!) British puddings can be either savory or sweet and is also another term for dessert. Tea is a hot drink but also slang for a light evening meal. And don’t forget the pies! It is traditionally savory, and sometimes topped with mashed potatoes instead of pastry.
But right now, we have listed 7 beautifully delightful British dishes that you should definitely try once you reach the UK.
The Classic Full English Breakfast
Eggs, sausages, back bacon, mushrooms, hash browns, baked beans, half a tomato, toast, usually served with ketchup or brown sauce – a delightful sight. The ingredients may differ depending on the region, probably with additions like white and black pudding, bubble and speak and potato cakes.
Hold on! No! This is not a “pudding” pudding. It is actually a blood sausage, usually boiled, fried or grilled. Served with breakfast, the black pudding’s savory salty flavor complements the eggs and potatoes perfectly. It has been rising in popularity in the last few years and you might find yourself eating one in one of those posh restaurants and cafes in London.
Bubble and Squeak
It’s not like the British are short of adorable names. But that is just it. Despite the cute name, it is one of the most unattractive (but tasty) dishes in the UK. Shallow-fried vegetable leftovers, carrots, cabbage, brussels sprouts and usually served with mashed potatoes – popularly served after a beautiful Christmas day or a big Sunday roast and most commonly served as part of a full breakfast. (By the way, in Scotland, it is called Rumpledethumps – adorable name plus they add cheese)
Honestly, I wasn’t really sure of the dish the first time I heard it. But honestly, it is one of the tastiest of them all. If you go to Fish and Chips, they serve you sandwiches with fresh fries added in but have you seen one where a sandwich is filled with only fries? That is right! I present to you, UK’s charming Chip Butty, one of the best comfort foods in Britain. It is basically two pieces of white bread, butter and a handful of thick-cut fries (chips, as the British call them).
Remember back then when seasonal treats actually meant having meat mixed in with the dried fruits and spices. But today, it is strictly the sweet mini pies. It is usually served warm or at room temperature with tea or mulled wine. Don’t forget to try it out!
Let me repeat that for you! British puddings are savory in general. Although named like a dessert, it isn’t one at all. Originating in the Yorkshire region of England, these popovers are tastiest when made with beef drippings, and covered in gravy. Pop in a couple of these after a good Sunday roast.
These are exactly what they sound like – smashed or cooked down peas made into a paste. Add a little salt and pepper and eat it with some better-battered cod and that’s what you call British food. And also, a well-known accompaniment to fish and chips.