8 UK Food Classics to Try
The UK, specifically London, is a multicultural city where you can relish any cuisine from any part of the world. Whether it is Indian, American, or even Japanese cuisines like naked rice katsu curry, they are all available in London. It can be hard to get a taste of the original British classic cuisine if you are new and have so many options to choose from. While you are in the UK, you have to sample several traditional foods just to get a taste of the traditional culture of the local people. If you are on a quest of sampling the best Uk classic meals, then you are in the right place. We have compiled a list of the classic British dishes that you ought to try while you are here in the UK. Tag along to find out more!
Fish and Chips
If you are planning to visit the UK, then you have to start with the traditional battered fish and chunky chips. There is nothing that screams “British” than this age-old combination. While the origin of this dish is not certain, one thing we cannot dispute for sure is that Brits love this classic dish. This traditional British dish should be at the top of the list for anyone who wants to experience the original British cuisine. While you are at it, enjoy this meal the same way the locals love it, doused in vinegar and with a gentle sprinkle of salt with mushy peas on the side.
Bangers and mash
If you are in the UK and are looking for the ultimate comfort food, then bangers and mash should be at the top of your priority list. The warm and succulent sausages sitting in a pool of onion gravy with some battered mashed potatoes will leave you feeling full and happy. Bangers referees to sausages of whatever variety. This traditional meal is quite common across London and other cities, especially in pubs.
Sunday Roast with Yorkshire pudding
This meal is the hallmark of a traditional family meal here in the UK. The story behind how this delicacy came about is rather interesting. Word is that as people were getting ready to head to church, they put meat in the oven to start cooking and add vegetables and potatoes before leaving. After church, they would come home to a well-cooked meal waiting for them. So that is where the term ‘Sunday roast’ was coined from. Essentially it is roasted meat that is served with potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, and blanched veggies with some gravy on the side. Others choose to enjoy this meal with a sauce of their choice.
The classic Eton Mess is a traditional dessert that has been part of the UK traditions since the 19th century. It has been a regular dessert served in the annual cricket games at the prestigious Eton College. This sweet dessert is a mix of strawberries, cream, and pieces of meringue. The reason as to why the dessert got the name Eton Mess is still a mystery however, what remains as a fact is that this classic UK dessert has stood the ultimate test of time.
Tip: some people insist on keeping the originality of the dessert by not adding any other ingredients to it. However, you can enjoy it however you want.
The full English Breakfast
Here in the UK, the only way to start your morning properly is with a full English breakfast. This classic UK breakfast consists of bacon, hash browns, bakes beans, potatoes, mushrooms, and black pudding all laid out on a big flat plate. If you look at the serving, it is quite substantial and very filling. An English breakfast cannot be complete without buttered toast on the side and a cup of tea as well. Remember, if you are not a big eater, a full plate will be too much for you, half the serving should be ideal. Today, for most restaurants, it is possible to customize your plate depending on what you would want to have. There are vegan options for anyone who doesn’t consume animal products.
Sticky Toffee Pudding
If you have a sweet tooth, then you have something in common with the Brits. One of the common traditional desserts that are loved by many is the sticky toffee pudding. You will find this staple in most bars and restaurants across London. The discussion on where this dessert hails from can go on forever, but it is a must-try anytime you are in the UK. It is essentially sponge cake with dates and raisins in toffee sauce with some vanilla or custard ice cream on the side.
If you have watched the famous Gordon Ramsey shows, then it is no news that the beef wellington is one of his favourite dishes. It is made up of filet steak wrapped in pastry then cooked. It is not only delicious but also filling which is reason enough why it is a favourite among most Brits. Similar to most traditional dishes here in the UK, the origin of the dish and where the name came from is up for debate but it remains a classic, traditional British dish.
Are you even a Brit if you don’t enjoy your afternoon tea? This tradition was started by Queen Elizabeth the second and has rubbed off on Londoners. Enjoy your afternoon tea with any pastry of your choice. The afternoon tea is all about the experience, so spare enough time to enjoy your cup of tea.
There you have it, a few of the well-loved traditional dishes here in the UK. Remember the best way to experience the traditional UK classic dishes is to get a taste for yourself. There are plenty of options to choose from and could seem overwhelming for any visitor looking to experience the traditional UK dishes. However, it is our hope that this list points you in the right direction as you continue to explore other options.