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Top 10 Traditional British Foods

International students absolutely love coming to study in England for a variety of reasons – but one clear one is the great British food that we offer! Take a look at our favourite Top 10 Traditional British Foods chosen by Southbourne School of English:

1. Fish and Chips (savoury)

Fish and chips is one of Britain’s most famous/popular hot takeaway foods – with battered fish and freshly fried chips served typically in newspaper. Delicious!

fish and chips

2. Bangers and Mash (savoury)

Bangers and Mash is a family favourite hot dinner food – consisting of yummy sausages and buttery mashed potatoes, often served with onions to add some extra flavour!

bangers and mash

3. Full English Breakfast (savoury)

Full English Breakfast is a morning feast that can fill any  hungry person’s stomach! These often vary depending on where you are living but the overall basics are the same: sausages, eggs, toast, bacon, tomato and beans – with tasty additions to suit your preferences. (personally I love mushrooms and fried French toast!)

Englishbreakfast

4. Roast Dinner (savoury)

On Sunday’s us Brits have a traditional meal that can compete with any! Our traditional roast dinner! These normally include either beef, chicken or nut roast (vegetarian), roast potatoes, carrots, green beans, other vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, covered in yummy gravy sauce!

roast dinner

5. Toad in the hole (savoury)

‘Toad in the hole’ origins suggest that the name comes from the similarity the dish looks to a toad sticking its head out of a hole! Usually, Toad in the hole comprises of sausages cooked in Yorkshire pudding batter, typically served with onion gravy and vegetables!

toad in the hole

6. Bread and butter pudding (sweet)

Bread and butter pudding is made by scattering slices of buttered bread across a dish and topped with raisins, lemon and other garnishes, then baked in the oven! This is then cut up and served with hot custard…mmm this is making me hungry!

lemon bread and butter pudding

7. Scones and clotted cream (Cream Tea)

A Cream Tea consists of buttermilk scones and a thick cream (clotted cream), usually eaten with strawberry jam! Also, what would a proper British dessert be without a traditional English Breakfast tea!

scones and clotted cream

8. Spotted dick and custard (sweet)

Spotted dick is made with suet pastry and dried fruit, which is then rolled up and cooked in the oven. It is then served with delicious hot custard – we love our custard!

spotted dick and custard

9. Eton Mess (sweet)

Eton Mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries or bananas with meringue and cream!

eton mess

10. Sticky Toffee pudding (sweet)

Sticky Toffee pudding is a very moist steamed sponge cake, covered in toffee sauce and served with vanilla custard or ice cream – a personal favourite of mine!

sticky toffee pudding

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