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Here are the most popular traditional British foods that you should try here in the UK.

Most people will describe British foods as bland and stodgy. Alright, I’m not selling it to you, right!

Over the past few years living here in the UK, I’ve managed to adapt and acquired the taste of actually liking traditional British food.

There were some occasions that I crave for good ‘ole British pub food. Who can resist the tasty and comforting gravy!  The lovely roast potatoes! Just by writing these makes me hungry.

So let’s see if after reading this blog post will make you love English food too! I’ve listed down some of the most favourite British food according to my taste buds and friends.

The Most Popular British Food To Try in Britain

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Warning: This list will make you hungry.

These are the most popular British food on our list:

1. Cream Tea

Afternoon tea is a very British traditional meal time between 2 pm – 4 pm. Typically served with different sandwiches, mini cakes, savouries and a proper afternoon tea won’t be complete without the Cream Tea.

Cream tea is a collective name for Scone, Strawberry jam and clotted cream and best served with a cup of English tea or coffee.

British people typically say that is so regal to eat cream tea because of its historical royal origins back in the 17th century. The Royals love to serve cream tea at the palaces court while waiting for dinner time and entertain their guests.

Most Popular British Food | British Cream Tea

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2. Fish and Chips

This is probably the most popular British food known across the globe.

Fish (cod) and chips (deep fried) is one of the typical English meals that is typically served wrapped in a paper with salt and malt vinegar.

A quick call to any local chippy will be a quick fix for your fish and chips craving.

British Fish and chips

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3. Roast Dinner

A Sunday won’t be complete without this best British meal – the Sunday Roast dinner.

Roast dinner is traditionally served on a Sunday, but you can have it any time of the week. Popularly known as one of the best British pub food and typically served in a carvery.

The Sunday roast is typically comprising of different roasted meats like chicken breast, turkey, pork and beef. Served with various seasonal vegetables, roasts potatoes and gravy.

The Most Popular British Food | British Roast Dinner

4. English Breakfast

Start your day right here in the UK with an English breakfast!

Typically served with bacon, sausages, egg, baked beans, black pudding, fried toast, hash browns, mushrooms and egg. Perfect with a cuppa or coffee!

English Breakfast

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5. Faggots

One of my favourite British food made up of pork bits that shaped into a meatball.

It’s best served with mash potatoes, peas and lots of gravy.

Faggots food

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6. Cottage Pie

Cottage pie is one of the traditional British food favourites.

It is basically made up of minced beef with vegetables and gravy topped with mashed potatoes.

The other popular variation of this kind of pie is Sheppard’s pie which is made of minced lamb and fish pie.

Cottage Pie

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7. Cornish Pasty

All-time favourite snack in Cornwall, England.

Cornish pasties are made of minced beef and vegetable filling. Cornish pasty would somehow resemble the Empanada of the Philippines.

There are other favourite snacks in Britain that are worth mentioning like pork pie, sausage rolls, cheese and bacon wrap and corned beef pasty.

8. Trifle

Trifle is one of my favourite puddings (British term for desserts).  This will give you a definite sugar rush.

Trifle is commonly strawberry flavour but you can have it as well in mixed fruit flavours. Trifle is made up of cake rolls, custard, jelly, cream and the fruit toppings.

9. Spotted Dick

It might sound a little bit dodgy, but Spotted dick is awesome.

Don’t freak out; it’s not what you think it is, it’s a bloody sponge cake with sultanas that best served with custard. You got to love a good English food and humour!

10. Bread and Butter Pudding

A fantastic pudding made of old bread with butter, sultanas mixed with milk and eggs.

Perfectly served with custard!  One of the puddings I highly recommend.

bread and butter pudding

11. Strawberries and Cream

A British summer favourite! This is a perfect and traditionally accompaniment while watching the Wimbledon tennis match and a glass of Pimms.

12. Bakewell Tart

Bakewell tart is also known as Cherry Bakewell and Gloucester tart.

One of the classic British pudding. It has a crusty shortcrust pastry with almond on top and best served with whipped cream.

Bakewell Tart

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13. Toad in the hole

No actual toads are involved in this popular British food.

This is basically sausages in a massive Yorkshire pudding and it is typically served with gravy.

14. Haggis

A Scottish favourite!

It is made from sheep’s pluck mixed with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices and seasoning, typically served with mash potatoes.

When I tried Haggis in Scotland, it reminds me of a Filipino dish called Bopis.

haggis of scotland

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15. Balti

The love affair of the British people with curry is infinite.

Balti is a curry dish that originates in Birmingham.  The names come from the method of cooking in a big Balti dish.

16. Pigs in Blanket

This is nothing fancy, but so delicious! It is basically a cocktail sausage wrapped in streaky bacon.

Typically served on Christmas dinner together with the roast.

Pigs in Blankets

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17.  Bangers and Mash

One of the popular British pub food.

Bangers pertain to the sausages and typically served with mash potatoes and onion gravy.

18. Toast Medley

Toast is the next best thing you can have for breakfast and it’s very versatile too!

The Spaghetti on toast is one of the toast favourites here in the UK.

Let me get this straight, this type of spaghetti is not the Italian spaghetti. This should be the tinned spaghetti like the one in the picture.

Other variations of toasts are Cheese-on-toast with Worcestershire Sauce, this is one of my favourites!

And of course, the Baked beans on toast.

19. Beef Casserole

Stew and Casseroles are perfect for winter days!

Typically made with beef or chicken mixed with various vegetables.  Best to cook it using a slow cooker!

Beef Casserole

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20. Chip Butty

My friends absolutely love chip butty.

As what you can see in the photo, it’s chips sandwich!

Chip Butty

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Oh, in case you are wondering what sort of drink that you can partner with these foods.

They are typically paired with either anything with alcohol or a lovely cup of tea.

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If you have other delicious English food suggestion to add on to this list let me know in the comment box below.