Britain's Top 10 Favorite Foods and Drinks

Fish and chips, tea, Sunday roast are all British staples

Though immigration and globalization have changed British tastes somewhat over the years, there are quite a few classic British dishes (and meals) that remain top of the list. If you're thinking about visiting Great Britain anytime soon, you'll want to be sure to try at least a few of these quintessential taste treats. 

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    Roast Dinners

    Sunday Lunch. Steve Lupton - Getty

    Roast dinners are quintessentially British. The roast itself, its delicious sides, and of course gravy. British Sunday lunch is also known as a Sunday Roast and is the very heart of British food and cooking.

    If you're invited to Sunday dinner, you can expect to be served a roast meat (often lamb), along with roasted potato and/or Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, gravy, and vegetables such as parsnips, brussels sprouts, peas, carrots, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, or leeks. In addition to the traditional gravy, some families also serve cheese sauce for the veggies. 

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    Cup of Tea

    A Cup of Tea. Getty

    If you're invited to English teatime, be advised that you'll probably be getting more than just a cuppa. In addition to a strong tea, you may be offered a light snack such as bread and butter, cookies, or tea sandwiches. Another variation on English tea is the "cream tea," which is usually served in the West Country (Devon and Cornwall). Cream tea includes jam and clotted cream (similar to whipped cream) served with scones.

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    Fish and Chips

    fish and chips
    British Fish, Chips and Mushy Peas. Elaine Lemm

    England's beloved fish and chips are deep-fried in a crispy batter, and remain one of the UK's favorite quick meals. The fish is usually cod or haddock, though pollack, plaice, and even tilapia may be substituted. And chips in England are what Americans call French fries.

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    Yorkshire Pudding

    Yorkshire Pudding: Easy Yorkshire Pudding Recipe
    Yorkshire Pudding Recipe. Photo © RFB Photography

    Yorkshire pudding is often part of the traditional roast dinner and is nothing like an American pudding. In fact, Yorkshire pudding is very much like a giant popover. It's traditionally made from the drippings of a roast of mutton, which are captured as the meat cooks

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    Full English Breakfast

    Full English breakfast at Duck & Waffle
    Duck & Waffle

    The Full breakfast is famous. The perfect weekend breakfast, its ingredients vary, but usually include eggs, sausages, bacon, toast, beans, grilled tomato, fried mushrooms, fried potatoes, and black and/or white pudding.

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    Cornish Pasties

    Cornish pasty
    Cornish Pasty. Andy Stewart London / Getty Images

    A Cornish pasty is a delicious way to eat savory meats and vegetables in a beautiful shortcrust pastry.  A classic Cornish pasty includes beef, onion, and potato along with a turnip-like vegetable called a swede. 

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    Strawberries and Cream

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    Nothing is better in early summer than strawberries and cream, which are popular as a light dessert across the British Isles.

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    English Crumpets. Andrew Dernie - Getty

    Crumpets are the perfect afternoon tea treat, served warm with jam or butter. Round muffins with a distinctive texture, they are soft and crumbly. 

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    British Beer
    British Beer. Photo © Getty Images

    Britain is known for its amazing pubs, which includes its vast variety of beers. British beers are now available internationally in a variety of styles including bitter, India Pale Ale, stout, porter, and lager.

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    Jaffa cakes

    These packaged biscuits have been around since 1927, and have a sponge cake base with an orange marmalade filling and chocolate icing. There are rectangular-shaped copycats, but true Jaffa Cakes are round and sold in blue-and-yellow packaging.