Some say British food is bland, but I beg to differ. Most of the cuisine has a history behind it and was borne out of the necessity when meat was scarce and the weather freezing. The food may not be spicy like Thai, Mexican or Indian food, but it is tasty, hearty and mostly nutritious. In this blog post I have joined with other British food lovers to expose many unique British foods. From those with interesting names to introduced favourites as Britain becomes more multicultural. So start salivating at this selection of British foods to try when visiting Britain.


Scotch Eggs

A favourite British food of Faith @ XYU and Beyond


Scotch eggs an egg surrounded by meat and deep fried.

Scotch eggs – a British snack


A Scotch egg is a traditional British snack. It’s found virtually everywhere these days from Gastro pubs to Gas station snack bars. The Scotch egg is a hard or semi-hard-boiled egg (lovely when the yolk is runny) coated in well seasoned sausage meat, rolled in breadcrumbs or oatmeal and deep-fried till golden.

A warm Scotch egg tastes like nothing else when that gorgeous orangey yolk bursts over your plate.  A cold Scotch egg is the perfect picnic treat, or midnight snack.

The Scotch egg is the perfect picnic food but with a contentious history in Britain. Some say it was invented in Yorkshire but made with a fish paste instead of sausage. Others argue it originated in India. Yet, the most famous food store in the world Fortnum & Masons claim they developed the Scotch Egg in 1738 as a travelling snack for Londoners headed to their country homes or the races at Ascot.

These days there are many variation of the Scotch Egg. There are Manchester eggs which use a pickled egg which is rolled in Black Pudding. There are vegan scotch eggs, smoked Duck, and even a Guinness World Records Scotch Egg.

British chef Leigh Evans smashed the record for the biggest Scotch egg in the world. It was 8.3 kg with a 1.7 kg ostrich egg at its centre.


Sausage Roll

A Favourite British food of Tina from Veganderlust


Sausage roll - a British favourite food.

sausage roll


One of the most popular snacks to eat on-the-go in the United Kingdom are sausage rolls. These savoury pastries are a staple in many British households and can be found in nearly every bakery, supermarket, and corner shop. 

They consist of flaky puff pastry wrapped around savoury sausage meat. Sometimes with added spices and herbs for extra flavour. You’ll often see locals enjoying a sausage roll at lunch or as a quick snack on the move.

The best place to find sausage rolls is at the popular British bakery chain, Greggs. Known for its affordable and delicious baked goods, Greggs offers a variety of sausage rolls. Since England is one of the best places for vegans in Europe, Greggs and many other bakeries also serve a vegan version of this popular snack. Of course, made with meatless sausage.

Sausage rolls are best eaten while they’re still warm. So make sure to buy your sausage roll right after it comes out of the oven. The flaky pastry and sausage filling make for a mouth-watering combination. 

So, next time you’re in the UK, be sure to grab a sausage roll from Greggs or any other local bakery. You won’t regret it!



A favourite Scottish classic of Kristin of Scotland Less Explored


Shortbread is a Scottish biscuit made from flour, sugar and butter.

shortbread – easy to make, easy to buy


Shortbread is a classic Scottish biscuit with a crumbly texture and buttery flavour. In addition to tasting delicious, shortbread has a cultural significance in Scotland. It is often served during holidays and special occasions like Hogmanay (Scottish New Year) and weddings.

Shortbread is made with three basic ingredients: butter, sugar and flour. The ingredients are combined to form a dough that is pressed into moulds before being baked in the oven.

The name “shortbread” comes from its texture rather than its ingredients. In baking “short” means that something is crumbly, which shortbreads are because of the high butter to flour ratio.

One of the most traditional shapes is “petticoat tails” or triangular wedges which are said to look like a Scottish kilt. Another popular variation is “fingers,” rectangular bars that are perfect for dipping into a cup of tea or coffee.

Shortbread is not only enjoyed on its own but also serves as an ingredient in different desserts. It can be crumbled and used as a crust for pies and tarts, added to cookie recipes, or layered in trifles and parfaits.

Although shortbread is very much associated with Scotland you can buy it all over the UK. Whether you are in a newsagent in central London or stopping at a small shop whilst driving to Skye from Glasgow, you will be able to buy shortbread.


Egg and Soldiers

A unique British Food of Sam of Showcasing the Globe 


Boiled egg with soldiers - toast cut into to small slices to dip in the egg.

great for breakfast – egg & soldiers


Egg and Soldiers, also known as “dippy egg”, is a famous dish across Britain, often served for breakfast or a light meal. You will find it in many local cafes across the nation, with it holding a top spot on their breakfast menu.

The dish consists of a soft-boiled egg, boiled only for a few minutes to produce a nice runny egg yolk inside, accompanied by sliced toast strips to dip in the yolk. These toast strips play the “soldiers” of the dish. They gained their name through their resemblance to soldiers standing in battle in a formation. Although a few like to say the name originated from the children’s story Humpty Dumpty, where the soldiers came to his rescue during the fall.

For those looking to make egg and soldiers, it is straightforward to put together. All you need is an egg, egg cup, bread, a toaster, and a spread for the toast, and you’re good to make this delicious British staple.

Just to put into perspective how much the dish is loved, there is a massive market for the design of the egg cup. You’ll find many cute designs in local shops, like this bunny holding the cup. And, of course, there is an unspoken rule across the nation , no kitchen in Britain can have a basic egg cup. They are secretly judged for it.


Cornish Ice cream

A favourite British Food of Goya @ goyaGaleotta


Cornish ice cream is ice cream made in Cornwall from a special recipe.

tub of ice cream – yum, anytime!


Have you ever tasted a scoop of pure bliss? If not, then let’s take a journey to Cornwall, England, home of the creamy, dreamy Cornish ice cream.

Cornish ice cream is a traditional British dessert, made distinct by its star ingredient — Cornish clotted cream. This rich, buttery cream, along with fresh whole milk, gives the ice cream its unique, velvety texture.

What makes Cornish ice cream even more special is its deep-rooted connection to the region. The best versions of this treat are made using locally sourced ingredients, including cream from cows that graze in Cornwall’s lush pastures. So when you enjoy a scoop of Cornish ice cream, you’re not just indulging in a dessert, you’re tasting the essence of Cornwall itself.

Now, let’s talk flavours. From classic vanilla to indulgent salted caramel, there is something for every taste bud in Cornish ice cream. But it’s the local specialities that really steal the show. Think creamy clotted cream with chunks of fudge, or tangy lemon curd swirled into velvety vanilla. And don’t forget about the honeycomb!

But there is more to the Cornish ice cream than its ingredients — like love and tradition poured into each batch. Brands such as Kelly’s of Cornwall have been perfecting their craft since the 19th century. While Roskilly’s has been using their family farm’s own milk and cream since the 1950s. Each scoop of their ice cream is a testament to generations of expertise and passion for creating the perfect ice cream… And of course, to generations who have enjoyed it! For Brits, Cornish ice cream is more than just a dessert — it’s a sweet reminder of childhood and a celebration of simple joys. Each spoonful brings back memories of sunny days spent at the beaches in Falmouth and elsewhere in Cornwall, laughter echoing as waves crashed against the shore.

So, next time you’re craving something sweet, why not reach for a tub of this British classic? You’ll be indulging in a treat that’s not only delicious but also a piece of Britain’s culinary history. Enjoy!


Haggis in Scotland

A unique Scottish food by Allan of It’s Sometimes Sunny in Bangor


Haggis, neeps and tatties are a Scottish traditional food.

Haggis, neeps & tatties


Haggis is like the culinary emblem of Scottish cuisine, but it is also quite divisive both with locals and visitors where many people either love or loathe it. This is partly due to some unconventional ingredients where this savoury pudding is made from the liver, heart, and lungs of the sheep. Traditionally haggis was also cooked inside a sheep’s stomach. But this is rarely found these days except from on Burn’s Night which celebrates the Scottish poet Rabbie Burns and his love for the great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race (Haggis).  

Haggis is also a bit spicier than most local staples with a blend of oatmeal, onion, suet, salt, pepper and other spices to create a savory, slightly peppery pudding. Traditionally it is most served alongside neeps and tatties, the ‘neeps’ being mashed turnip, and ‘tatties’ are mashed potatoes. The three are served side-by-side. While maybe not the most elegant looking of meals the flavours make for the perfect combination.

However for visitors to Scotland haggis maybe easier found battered in a deep fried crispy coating at Scotland’s famous chip shops. Ask for a “haggis supper” and it comes with chips. Occasionally, while not traditional, haggis may also come as part of a “Scottish Breakfast”. Alongside other unique fry-up staples including black pudding (blood pudding), Lorne sausage (square sausage), and tattie Scones (potato scones). Also keep an eye out for haggis bonbons and haggis scotch eggs. They all go well with a wee dram of whisky.



A favourite British food by Steph from Book It Let’s Go


Scones with jam and cream - a favourite British food.

Scones with cream and jam or is it jam and cream!


A must try unique British food on any visit has got to be scones. A scone is usually slightly sweetened baked product and can be plain or have raisins, currents, cherries or cheese in it.

All varieties of scones can be found up and down Britain but it is thought they originated from Scotland in the 1500’s. Scones became a popular feature of an Afternoon Tea from 1840 when the Duchess of Bedford, a close friend of Queen Victoria, made it fashionable. It is thought the name Scone comes from the Dutch word ‘Sconbrot’ which means fine or beautiful bread.

There is a longstanding debate on the correct way to eat a scone depending on where you are in Britain. Scones are incredibly popular in the coastal towns of Devon and Cornwall and they each think they have the correct method of preparing and eating a scone. In Devon the clotted cream is applied to the scone first in lieu of butter and then a generous dollop of jam is placed on top. Whereas in Cornwall the jam goes first to soak into the scone and then the cream is slathered on top. It is agreed though that the jam must be either strawberry or raspberry and no other kind will suffice.

Whichever way you choose to eat your scone, it will be delicious.


Welsh Cakes

A favourite British Food of Lowri of Many Other Roads


Welsh cakes. Smallish biscuits.

Try a Welsh delicacy


Welsh cakes stand out as one of the best British delicacies visitors need to try when visiting the UK. These small cakes are one of the traditional dishes of Wales so as you can guess, you will only find them in Wales. 

Welsh cakes, or “picau ar y maen” in Welsh, have a rich history deeply intertwined with Wales’ culinary heritage. Originating from the country’s mining and baking traditions, Welsh cakes date back to the 19th century and were initially known as miner’s cakes or bakestones. These round, flat, griddle-cooked treats gained popularity due to their affordability and simplicity, making them a staple among Welsh families.

Combining the sweetness of currants, the richness of butter, and a hint of spice, these griddled delights offer an amazing treat for any palate. What makes Welsh cakes truly exceptional is their versatility. Equally delightful as a breakfast snack or afternoon tea accompaniment.

While supermarkets offer convenient access to Welsh cakes, they taste so much better when freshly made. They usually work out a lot cheaper too! Cardiff Market in the heart of the Welsh capital, stands as one of the best places to get them. However, there are many places near Cardiff where you can get them but local Markets are always your best bet.

If you don’t have time to visit a local market during your trip and need to buy them from a supermarket, the best brand to get is Tan Y Castell. You will get around 6 cakes for roughly £1.50.


Cullen Skink 

Favourite British dish of Alison of Everything Arisaig


Cullen Skink is a Scottish soup.

Soup anyone!


Cullen Skink is a delicious Scottish soup bursting with flavour. Its main ingredients are smoked haddock, potatoes, onions and milk. Thick like a chowder, what sets it apart is its smokey taste. Cullen Skink is often made with Finnan haddock, slowly cold-smoked over peat but it can be made with any good quality smoked haddock. However, it shouldn’t be dyed.

The dish originated in the town of Cullen in northeast Scotland which explains the first part of its name. The second part is a Gaelic word that was used to describe a certain type of soup made with meat but eventually just became a word for soup.

The potatoes are usually in chunks but cooked to be very soft. The haddock may be in chunks or flaked and together with the onions, milk and seasoning blend to produce a distinct flavour, which is not too delicate but not too strong.

Cullen Skink is usually served with a crusty roll or bread as a starter but I often have it as a meal for lunch as it’s quite filling. Although originally a Morayshire dish, Cullen Skink is well-established as Scottish cuisine, and you will find it served all over Scotland. I had this particular one at a cafe in Arisaig on the West Coast. It’s one of those foods I crave when I’m not in Scotland and definitely one to try on your visit.


Afternoon Tea – a British Tradition

A favourite British past time of Linda of Linda on the Run


Typical London afternoon tea is made up of many cakes, sandwiches and tea.

a quintessential afternoon tea


One of the iconic British foods of all time is afternoon tea. It traditionally consists of three courses. The savory course features an array of tea or finger sandwiches that include classic flavors like cucumber and cream cheese, egg salad, cheese and chutney, etc. 

The next course is the scones course. It features warm scones that are served with clotted cream and raspberry jam. They are typically served on the side. So, you will need to open the scone and then spread the clotted cream and jam atop the scone.

Finally, there is the sweet course that consists of a variety of sweet pastries like cakes, pies, trifles, puddings, and more. Also, be sure to pair your tea with a strong black tea like a Darjeeling. 

Historically, afternoon tea was served between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. It was created by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. She got hungry around 4:00 pm and wanted something to eat since dinner wasn’t until 8:00 pm. Thus, afternoon tea was born. 

For the best afternoon tea in London, stop by The Savoy, The Goring, The Ritz, Fortnum and Mason, and Aqua Shard for a fun Peter Pan-themed experience. Just be prepared to spend a great deal of money on such luxurious experiences since many afternoon teas cost between 35 GBP and 80 GBP per person.”


Curry – an adopted British favourite

Contributed by Ada of Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: A Travel Blog


curry chicken is an adopted British favourite food.



Have you ever heard that chicken tikka masala is the most British food you can eat in England? When the British colonised India in the 19th century, many Brits living in India developed a taste for flavorful Indian food. As those Brits returned from their time abroad, they tried to imitate the rich stews, savory flat breads, and rice dishes. Sometimes with their own unique spin, resulting in chicken tikka masala. 

As Indian, Bangladeshi, and Pakistani immigrants began to settle in the United Kingdom, curry houses became a staple of every English high street. While you can find a delicious curry in almost any British town, the best place to sample curry is the northern city of Bradford. 

This industrial West Yorkshire city has been declared the “Curry Capital of Britian” six times. This is more than another UK city. Some of Bradford’s most famous curry houses include the Sweet Centre Restaurant, Aagrah, and Jinnah. However, the area is home to more than 200 curry houses. So you never have to go far if you get a taste for curry while you’re in town.

While the British often refer to all Indian dishes as “a curry,” you’ll find many different styles available. Favorite curries in England include biryani, madras, korma, saag, and vindaloo.


Full English Breakfast

A favourite British Brekki of Sharyn of DiscoverAustraliaNow


English Breakfast Fry Up Includes Fried Sausage, Bacon, Egg, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Baked Bakes Served With Toast.

English breakfast


Mostly due to the cold mornings in Britain a hot breakfast is on the menu. One such hot breakfast is the full English Breakfast. Consisting of bacon, eggs, sausage, baked beans, tomato, mushroom and served with toast – it is a class British dish.

Many Brits make the dish themselves however, as you travel around Britain staying in B&Bs, this breakfast is usually served as part of the cost of your accommodation. 

It may seem a mish mash of foods to have for breakfast, but the British were good at putting dishes together due to lack of ingredients at various times throughout its history. Even though most Brits would have this dish for breakfast, some indulge it for dinner. For dinner, they often replace some of the ingredients with chips. It is not unknown for Brits, particularly as a money saving meal, would have sausage, egg and chips.

However and whenever you like to have a British breakfast, it is a hearty breakfast that will give you much energy to get you through your travels in Britain.


Fish & Chips

A favourite British dish of Sharyn @ Live Work Play Travel


Fish and Chips is a classic British food.

Great anytime – at home or by the seaside!


Classic fish and chips are a British institution and a national dish that you must try while visiting Britain. There are literally thousands of fish and chipperies all around Britain. Usually a piece of thick white fish is best. It is then dipped in a batter and then deep fried until the batter is golden. It is then served with hot salted chips (fries) with a piece of lemon to squeeze on the fish. Or tomato sauce (ketchup) if you are like me! But sometimes tartare sauce.

Although you can eat fish and chips anytime, for lunch or dinner on any day, many keep it for a Friday – fish on Friday! And the batter is often a traditional flour and milk mixture though some like to replace the milk with beer as it makes the batter light and airy, yet crispy. Some people, instead of chips, like to have a potato cake served with their fish. A potato cake is a slice of potato, dipped in the same batter and deep fried until the batter is golden and the potato soft.

As well as being a classic British dish, other countries have adopted it, including Australia. Australians love their fish and chips by the ocean!


Sunday Roast with Yorkshire Pudding

A favourite Sunday past time of Sharyn @ Travellers-Fare


Sunday roast with Yorkshire Pudding is a classic British meal.

My mouth is watering now looking at this roast dinner!


Roast dinners, of a roast with delicious sides and of course, gravy, is a quintessential British meal. Its origins are believed to be dated back to medieval times when serfs served their squire six days a week. Then on the Sunday, serfs got together to enjoy their own feast. And this tradition exists today, however, anyone can enjoy a Sunday roast.

You can expect in your Sunday roast some sort of roasted meat. Mostly beef and lamb along with roasted potatoes and/or Yorkshire pudding, with vegetables such as parsnips, brussel spouts, carrots and peas with a generous serving of gravy over the top. Almost any vegetable can be included and I have enjoyed a Sunday roast with broccoli, beans and cauliflower also. And many vegetarians enjoy a good Sunday roast of roasted vegetables.

One ingredient that makes a Sunday roast is the addition of Yorkshire pudding. This is a common British side dish, and is made from a batter of eggs, flour and milk or water. This is another classic example of how the British over the years, used the ingredients available to them.

You can make your own Sunday roast if you have a couple of hours to spare. It is really the meat that takes a couple of hours to cook or enjoy a Sunday roast at a pub in London and all around Britain. Most pubs in Britain have a restaurant area with the Sunday roast being one of the most popular dishes ordered.


Fat Rascal

Favourite British food of Sinead from York Travel Expert


Fat Rascal - a favourite British food.

Fat Rascal


Most visitors to the historic, northern England city of York have a Yorkshire Pudding high on their must-eat list but for something unique to York, add a Fat Rascal to the list.

A Fat Rascal is the signature bun of Betty’s, a 100-year-old traditional tearoom in the heart of the city centre. It’s a much loved York institution and its delicious Fat Rascals are a Yorkie favourite.

A Fat Rascal is a large, lightly spiced fruit bun, and tastes somewhere between a scone and a harder rock cake. In addition to the usual flour, egg and milk, the bun is made using cinnamon, nutmeg, currants, raisins, sultanas and the grated zest of an orange and lemon. It is topped with glacé cherries and blanched almonds arranged in the shape of a face. Variations include a Gooey Rascal (with a chocolate centre) and Cheeky Little Rascals (a small sized bun).

Fat Rasals have been sold in the north of England since the 1800’s though it is thought they date back as far as Elizabethan times. Despite their unusual name, no-one is certain how the name was adopted.

A Fat Rascal is big enough to share or devour it on your own. It can be eaten dry but is best served cut in half, slightly warmed and slathered with butter, ideally served alongside a cup of Yorkshire Tea.


Are You Ready to Enjoy a Classic British Meal?


Are reading the selection of British meals in this post, I hope you are ready to discover many of them on your next visit to Britain. Do you have a favourite British dish? I’d love to hear.


British Dishes of Sunday Roast, Shortbread, English Breakfast and Afternoon Tea PIN.

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