There are a lot of foods in the world, and some of them are British. We’re not saying you should try all of them, but these 30 British foods are definitely worth giving a shot.
Have you ever wondered what British food tastes like?
I mean, really?
How does it taste?
You might think that the answer is a resounding “um…meat pie?”
But in fact, Britain has a rich culinary heritage that spans centuries and includes everything from ancient cuisine to modern-day fusion.
And if you’re a British food enthusiast (or even just an enthusiast), then this is your lucky day!
Because today, we’ll uncover a British culinary trove!
And guess what?
They are absolutely delicious!
We’ve got everything from traditional favorites like Fish & Chips and Bangers & Mash to new-and-improved versions of classic dishes like Vanilla Scones and English Trifle.
We even have some more exotic options like Scotch Eggs and Steak & Kidney Pudding!
So, whether you’re on a search for something as simple as a good old-fashioned afternoon tea or as exciting as trying every single one of these foods at once—we’ve got it covered.
But wait until your try #27!
It’s tender with savory notes that are oh so good.
Let’s get going!
Steak & Kidney Pudding is a mouthwatering and traditional English dish that’s hearty, meaty, and comforting—everything you want in a dish that will warm you up from the inside out.
We also love the rich flavor of British Steak and Kidney Pudding, which comes from using only fresh ingredients.
The meat is tender and flavorful, while the sauce has just enough bite to make your taste buds pay attention.
Victoria Sponge Cake is a classic cake that’s been around since Queen Victoria’s reign.
It’s got layers of sponge cake, jam, and whipped cream.
Plus, it’s so popular because it’s so versatile!
You can make it any flavor you want—chocolate cake with strawberry filling, lemon pound cake with raspberry filling, or even just plain vanilla cake with strawberry jam.
The possibilities are endless!
Crumpets are the perfect companion to a cup of tea.
You can find them in most grocery stores, and they’re really easy to make at home.
They’re also soft and fluffy, with a texture that makes them easy to bite through.
And although this recipe calls for baking powder, you can omit it if you want.
Sometimes, people want crumpets without baking powder because they like the texture better without it!
Who can resist the pull of a Traditional English Loaf?
The comforting smell of freshly baked bread, the satisfying crunch when you bite into it—it’s just irresistible!
So, if you love traditional English loaves as much as we do, then you’re going to want to try this
With its hearty texture and rich flavor, this bread is sure to become your new favorite.
When you’re craving something sweet, sometimes you just want something that’s going to hit the spot.
That’s why we’ve included this recipe for Vanilla Scones: a simple, classic flavor that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Plus, Vanilla Scones are just what they sound like vanilla scones!
Light and fluffy, these treats have a crispy exterior and a soft interior that melts in your mouth.
They’re great with jam or butter (or both!), but we’d suggest trying them as they are first.
6. Scotch Eggs
Scotch Eggs are a treat for the mouth and the eyes.
The golden-brown exterior is crispy and crunchy, but the inside is soft and warm.
It’s like a crumpet… but not!
They’re usually eaten at breakfast time, which makes sense because they really do taste like a crumpet!
(They also usually come with some sort of dipping sauce, which is always delicious.)
But the best part about Scotch Eggs is that they’re portable!
So, if you want to eat them on the go or take them with you on a trip somewhere, it’s no problem.
7. Cullen Skink
Cullen Skink is a traditional Scottish soup made with smoked haddock, potato, onions, and milk.
It’s got a rich, creamy texture and an earthy flavor that’s counteracted by the sharpness of the onions.
Some people describe it as tasting like fishy cheese or a cross between clam chowder and béchamel sauce.
Plus, it’s commonly served with oatcakes or soda farls (a kind of oat bread), which are often dipped into the soup before eating.
Bangers & Mash may not be the most sophisticated dish in the world, but it’s definitely one of the tastiest.
It is a traditional British dish made from sausages (or “bangers”) and mashed potatoes.
The sausages are usually either seasoned with herbs or covered in breadcrumbs before they are fried, then served with mashed potatoes.
Also, this recipe is easier than you might think!
You can use a lot of different kinds of sausages for this recipe, but we recommend using a spicy sausage.
The spiciness really pairs well with the sweetness of the mashed potatoes.
British Sausage Rolls are a delicacy that can be found in any pub, corner store, or high-class restaurant.
This is because British Sausage Rolls are never out of style.
The light, flaky dough surrounds the savory meat filling and is then baked to perfection.
It’s a delectable combination that is sure to please even the pickiest eater.
10. Fish & Chips
Fish & Chips, arguably the most popular meal in Britain, is a favorite of many.
The reason for this is simple: fish and chips are delicious!
The batter around the fish makes it crispy on the outside and soft on the inside while also allowing it to soak up all that delicious saltiness from the fries, which themselves are cooked in oil until they’re a golden brown color (and almost crispy) with just enough grease to make them taste like heaven.
11. Shepherd’s Pie
If you think Shepherd’s Pie is just a dish you see on menus in pub dishes, think again.
It’s basically meat and vegetables in a pie, but it’s so scrumptious.
So, what makes Shepherd’s Pie special?
It’s simple, but it’s also not simple at all.
It’s a little bit like a cross between a meat pot pie and mac n’ cheese, but lighter.
It also got a rustic feel to it—it tastes like home to us.
And if we could, we’d eat it every day!
This recipe is the kind of thing you want to keep on hand when you want to impress someone.
It’s not complicated, but it requires a little bit of planning (and some advance prep), so it’s perfect for date night or when you’re hosting a dinner party.
Plus, the flavors are so rich and deep, but at the same time, they’re light and refreshing.
If you’ve never tried this dish before, now’s the perfect time to do it!
13. Toad In The Hole
OK, we have another favorite dish!
This time its Toad In The Hole with Red Onion Gravy flavor.
Toad in the Hole is a British dish that consists of sausages that are cooked in a hole in a piece of bread.
And the gravy is made from onions and usually served with the dish.
But what sets this one apart from all others?
The red onion gravy!
It’s sweet and savory, and it sticks to your fingers as you eat it.
You can dip your fingers in the gravy and then lick them clean—it’s that good!
14. Black Pudding
The British Black Pudding is a delicious sausage that is made from congealed blood.
It also has a strong taste.
It can be salty, sweet, or spicy, depending on its preparation.
Plus, you may notice that it has a slightly metallic flavor to it as well—that’s because it is made from blood!
The Traditional Spotted Dick is a very British dish.
It’s basically a suet pudding with currants mixed into the flour before adding to the suet.
The first time we tried it, we thought it would be too strange for us, but then we started to figure out how much we loved it, right away!
The texture is kind of like a crumble or pie filling; it has both a soft and crunchy feeling from the currants in each bite.
And the taste is incredible!
It’s sweet but not too sweet like any good fruit-based dessert should be!
16. Rice Pudding
Creamy Baked Rice Pudding is a dessert that’s creamy, rich, and sweet.
It also has a hint of nutmeg, which makes it unique.
This delectable treat is perfect for anyone who likes to eat sweet foods.
Plus, it’s great for kids who are learning to eat solid foods because it’s not too hard on their teeth yet still sweet enough to satisfy them.
17. English Trifle
You’re about to have a trifle for the ages!
It’s no secret that the English are known for their love of tea and their love of trifles.
But what you may not realize is that this recipe has taken those two loves and combined them into one great big delicious mess of flavors.
This English Trifle flavor is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before, with layers upon layers of sweet and sour, crunchy and soft, smooth and creamy—and each bite is better than the last!
It’s a taste explosion!
If you’ve ever been told that you could use some bread and butter, then this dessert is for you.
It is the perfect blend of sweet and salty, with the taste of nutmeg, brown sugar, and vanilla on top of buttered bread cubes that soak up the custard below.
Each spoonful is a little slice of heaven.
19. Eton Mess
Eton Mess is a classic British dessert that’s not to be missed.
The name comes from the word “mess,” which in this context means a mixture of sweet and savory ingredients, and it’s what you’ll find in this dish: strawberries, raspberries, whipped cream, and meringue.
The meringue gives it a little bit of crunchiness and texture, while the berries are bright and fresh.
And the whipped cream, which is super light and fluffy, gives this goodie a soft velvety texture, as well as flavor.
If you’ve ever had a berry pie or cobbler before, this dish might remind you of those flavors, too… except sweeter!
Christmas Pudding is a traditional British dessert that’s been around for a long time.
It’s also a special treat that you can’t find anywhere else in the world, and it’s really quite unique!
The pudding itself is a dense fruit cake that’s so flavorful that you can almost taste the history behind it.
It’s made with raisins, currants, mixed spices, and candied fruits.
Plus, it has a small amount of brandy in it.
But just enough to remind you that, yes, this is also meant to be enjoyed after dinner with a glass of brandy too.
21. Irish Stew
It’s probably fair to say that Irish Stew is the most quintessentially “Irish” dish on the planet.
Plus, it has its own unique flavor profile that sets it apart from other stews.
That flavor comes from using beef as well as Irish stout beer and potatoes (some versions call for other vegetables).
The beef gives it a rich taste, while the potatoes give it substance and added sweetness.
And then there’s just something about Irish Stew that makes it taste like Ireland itself as if somehow all the history and legends behind this country have been distilled down into one pot of food!
22. Welsh Rarebit
Few things in this world can taste as good as a Welsh Rarebit.
And for those who don’t know, it is a delicious, savory blend of sharp cheddar, creamy sauce, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce.
Plus, it’s got just enough kick to give it a little extra zing—but not so much that it’ll burn your tongue (unless you want it to).
The Welsh Rarebit has also been around for centuries, and it’s so good that it’s still going strong.
In fact, it’s one of the most popular dishes in Wales today!
23. Cornish Pasty
The Cornish Pasty is a traditional baked meat pie that originated in Cornwall, England.
It’s an iconic food that has been around for years, and it’s still popular today.
There are also many different versions of this hearty snack, but all are made with two main ingredients: pastry dough and beef or lamb filling.
The pastry can be sweet or savory (sweet pasties tend to have apples or raisins in them), but it must always be sturdy enough to hold up against the filling.
And the fillings can vary widely according to what meats are available in your area, but they’re almost always seasoned with salt and pepper and sometimes onion powder or other spices as well.
The Full English Breakfast!
You know it.
You love it.
It’s a must-have breakfast plate, and it’s got everything you could ever want in breakfast—eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, and beans.
It’s also full of savory goodness and a little kick of spice.
And if that weren’t enough to make your mouth water, you can also add some toast and jam!
If you’re new to the scene, Haggis Neeps & Tatties with Whiskey Butter Cream Sauce might sound like an odd combination.
But if you’ve tried it, then you know just how delicious these three ingredients together can be.
Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish made from sheep’s stomach stuffed with minced meat and oats—it’s delicious!
Neeps are mashed turnips, which may sound strange, but they’re actually pretty good when paired with tatties (potatoes).
And finally, there’s the whiskey buttercream sauce: made from butter, whiskey, and cream—it’s rich but not overly heavy.
So, if you want a hearty meal that’ll give you a warm cozy feeling, give this recipe a try!
26. Bubble & Squeak
Bubble & Squeak is a common British dish that has stood the test of time.
It’s made from the leftovers from your roast dinner: potatoes, cabbage, and onion.
It’s also a simple dish—almost too simple to be a meal on its own.
And it’s very earthy and hearty.
Plus, the texture is similar to hash browns or fried rice: a little crispy around the edges but soft in the middle.
27. Sunday’s Roast
Sunday’s Roast will have you feeling like you’re at home, sitting around the table with your family and friends.
It also embodies the warmth and comfort of a Sunday meal, with all the deliciousness you’d expect from your favorite dish.
Plus, it’s one of the most popular flavors for its rich, savory taste, and it doesn’t matter if you’re having a full roast dinner on a Sunday or just want to treat yourself to something special.
This dish will make everything else on the table taste better.
Beef Wellington with Red Wine Sauce is the perfect meal to serve at a dinner party or special occasion.
It’s elegant but not too fancy, and it’s pretty easy to make.
The secret is the combination of beef and mushrooms, which are both hearty and earthy flavors that complement each other perfectly.
It’s a good thing the mushroom filling can be made ahead of time, so all you have to do is cook it before serving.
The red wine sauce also keeps well in the fridge, so you can prepare it in advance too!
Yorkshire Pudding is a classic British dish that is usually served with roast beef.
Its flavor is similar to cornbread but with an airier consistency.
And the taste is mild and pleasant but not overpowering, so it pairs well with other British foods.
Plus, Yorkshire Pudding has a chewy texture because it’s made from batter instead of dough like some other bread or cakes would be.
This gives it an interesting bite that makes it stand out from other foods on your plate!
Ploughman’s Lunch is one of those perfect, simple British foods that’s just packed with flavor—the kind of thing you can put together on a whim and then sit back and enjoy as you watch the sunset.
It’s got everything: meat, cheese, bread.
And it’s hearty but not too heavy.
The combination of flavors—the saltiness of the cheese, the freshness of the cucumber, and the crunchiness of the pickles—is perfectly balanced with each bite.
The flavor is also similar to the traditional British plowman’s lunch: cheese, pickled vegetables, and crusty bread (though this version doesn’t require any actual plowing).
The bottom line
If you’re one of those people who haven’t tried British foods before, then this article is for you.
Whether you’re in the states or abroad, these unmissable British foods are sure to impress.
You can try such classics as fish & chips or steak and kidney pie, or if you want to go for something a little adventurous, give bubble & squeak a try – it’s made with vegetable leftovers from other meals.
One thing’s for sure: your taste buds are in for a wild ride with this list!
- Steak & Kidney Pudding
- Victoria Sponge Cake
- Traditional English Loaf
- Vanilla Scones
- Scotch Eggs
- Cullen Skink
- Bangers & Mash
- British Sausage Rolls
- Fish & Chips
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Slow Cooker Welsh Lamb Hotpot
- Toad In The Hole
- Black Pudding
- Traditional Spotted Dick
- Rice Pudding
- English Trifle
- Bread & Butter Pudding
- Eton Mess
- British Christmas Pudding
- Irish Stew
- Welsh Rarebit
- Cornish Pasty
- Full English Breakfast
- Haggis Neeps & Tatties
- Bubble & Squeak
- Sunday’s Roast
- Beef Wellington With Red Wine Sauce
- Yorkshire Pudding
- Ploughman’s Lunch
- Scroll for your favorite recipe from our list of British Foods.
- Pick out the ingredients needed for the dish.
- Cook then enjoy immediately!