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Must-try traditional British food

By BaxterStorey 17 Jul 2023

You should taste at least once!

Coming to the UK for the first time means there's so many new things to explore. One of the best ways to immerse yourself in British culture is by taking yourself on a culinary adventure. From hearty classics to quirky delicacies, here are some must-try British foods that'll either have you questioning our tastebuds or coming back for more - we'll let you decide...

    Full English breakfast: the morning feast

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    Behold, the Godzilla of breakfasts! From sausage and bacon to eggs and beans, this plate has everything. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, it's a great way to start a lazy weekend morning or fuel you through even the most demanding study sessions. If you're feeling daring, don't skimp out on the black pudding. As a true British staple, you'll definitely be able to find one of these on the menu in almost every café.

    Fish and chips: the deep fried duo

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    Living in the UK would be incomplete without indulging in some so-fish-ticated fish and chips. This classic combination will have you hooked, choose from cod or haddock in a crispy, golden batter served with chunky, homemade chips. For the authentic experience, head to a traditional fish and chip shop in your city and don't forget to ask for some vinegar and tartar sauce. Choose to visit the best fish and chip spots in London or find this traditional dish in our canteens every Friday! 

      Cornish pasty: the handheld hero

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      Originating from Cornwall,  the Cornish pasty can be traced back as far as the 1200's! A handheld pastry filled with beef, potatoes, onion and swede, it's distinctive D-shaped fold makes it a perfect eat-on-the-go meal. Grab one from your local bakery and you'll understand why it has been a British favourite for centuries. 

      Scotch eggs: eggcellent snacks

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      Speaking of grab and go food, it's time to introduce the Scotch egg. A picnic favourite and popular pub snacks, if you like eggs and sausage you're sure to get eggcited over these. Hard-boiled eggs are encased in sausage meat, coated with breadcrumbs and deep-fried to perfection. A unique mix of textures and flavours, this is one you can't miss out on. 

      Afternoon tea: party like a royal

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      As you could probably tell by its name, this time-honoured food tradition is best enjoyed with a steaming cup of Earl Grey tea. Enjoyed even by royals, treat yourself to a selection of dainty finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and delicate pastries. Sip your tea with pinkies raised and don't forget to engage in deep conversations about the weather. It's the British way!

      Roast dinner: the Sunday highlight

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      Sundays are meant for roast dinners, a cherished British tradition. Picture succulent slices of roast beef, lamb or chicken served with fluffy Yorkshire puddings, roasted potatoes, seasonal veggies and lashings of rich gravy. Find a cosy pub and eat like the weekend locals to really make the most of this wholesome meal. 

      For more inspiration, check out the best British food at Borough Market below 


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