The Best Recipes for Traditional British and Irish Food

Both British and Irish food has a long history and heritage as well as a unique modern face. There are many delicious recipes to choose from but this list extensively covers the most traditional food from these regions. Everything is so delicious, you won't be able to choose which to cook first.

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    Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding

    Sunday lunch

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    Probably one of the best known of all British recipes and loved around the world is the famous Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding as known as a Sunday roast.

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    Famous Fish and Chips

    British Fish and Chips
    The Spruce

    Deep-fried fish in a crispy batter with fat golden chips is still one of Britain's and Ireland's favorite meals.

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    A Full English Breakfast

    A Full Breakfast

    The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

    Ever wondered what is in the classic full English breakfast? Here is the answer. These breakfasts can be Scottish, Welsh or Irish, too.

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    Cornish Pasty

    Traditional Cornish Pasty Recipe
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    The Cornish pasty is known and loved throughout Britain and Ireland. The pasty evolved from Cornish tin miners' lunch as it is hearty, easy to hold, and easy to eat.

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    Irish Stew

    Traditional Irish stew
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    Irish stew warms the cockles every time. No wonder this dish is loved so very much. 

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    Welsh Lamb

    Stuffed Leg of Lamb

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    The best Welsh lamb is early spring lamb. What better way to serve it than slow roasted with pungent garlic and a good sauce?

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    Haggis for a Burns Night Supper

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    Burns Night, Hogmanay, and a good Scottish breakfast are never complete without Haggis.

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    Cock-A-Leekie Soup

    Cock-a-Leekie Soup Recipe

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    Cock-a-leekie soup is a peasant dish with many regional variations, some of which go back as far as the 16th century.

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    Irish Soda Bread

    Irish Soda Bread

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni 

    Irish soda bread is a classic quick bread. The recipes vary, though buttermilk and baking soda are always included, and whole wheat flour typically makes up a portion of the dough. This recipe includes dried currants for a tasty twist.

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    Irish Colcannon

    Traditional Irish Colcannon

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    Traditionally, this Irish dish is served at Halloween with coins wrapped up in silver foil hidden in the mash but it is suitable for any day of the year.

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    Afternoon Tea Scones

    British scone recipe

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    Homemade scones, both sweet and savory, are made quickly and easily as in this scones recipe. They are delicious hot or cold and a must for afternoon​ tea.

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    Rhubarb Crumble

    British Rhubarb Crumble

    The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

    From the nursery to the most sophisticated restaurant, you cannot escape the British classic and the most traditional of British foods—a rhubarb crumble. Just what it is that excites about this recipe is hard to pinpoint; the astringent rhubarb alongside the crunch and bite of buttery crumble? Who knows, except everyone loves it.

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    Traditional British Flapjack

    British Flapjack Bars
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    Traditional British flapjack is absolutely one of the easiest of all tray bakes. 

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    Bakewell Tart

    Traditional Bakewell Tart

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    Bakewell tart is the famous British tart made in the picturesque town of Bakewell; a delicious dessert and a delightful afternoon treat.

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    Eton Mess

    English Eton Mess

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    Eton Mess is an all-time classic British dessert which was traditionally served at Eton College. How it came to have the name is not clear, but it is believed to be when a Labrador dog sat on a picnic basket and squashed the contents.

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    Yorkshire Curd Tart

    Yorkshire Curd Tart

    The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

    Yorkshire curd tart is a special tart from the beautiful county of Yorkshire in Northern England. 

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    Bread and Butter Pudding

    Bread and Butter Pudding
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    Bread and butter puddings are one of the easiest to make and an excellent way to use up leftover white or brown bread.

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    Lemon Meringue Pie

    Lemon meringue pie is a famous traditional British dish. Sadly, the Lemon Meringue Pie fell out of fashion in recent years, but it is now back on the menu and loved. 

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    Traditional Hot Cross Buns

    Easter Recipes Hot Cross Buns and Butter

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    A hot cross bun is always in any list of Easter recipes, as it is customary to eat the buns on Good Friday.

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    Classic Summer Pudding

    Traditional Summer Pudding
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    When there is an abundance of summer berry fruits, one of the best ways of serving them is in English summer pudding.

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    Spotted Dick Pudding

    Spotted Dick Recipe

     The Spruce

    The name of this classic English pudding usually will raise a smile or look of abject horror, which is why some prefer the lesser-known title of "spotted dog."

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    Traditional pimms
    The Spruce

    A hot English summer's day watching Wimbledon, the cricket or simply lazing in the back garden, one essential drink must be a glass of Pimm's.

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    Best Ever Marmalade

    Marmalade in jars

    The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

    A dish of golden, shining marmalade always takes center stage at any breakfast table.

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    Steamed Date and Walnut Pudding

    Date and Walnut Sponge

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    Date and walnut pudding is a classic British pudding. A steamed sponge pudding is the same for all flavors, so let your imagination run loose.

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    Making a Cup of Tea

    A Cup of Tea

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    Here are the needed guidelines to make a proper cup of English tea.

    Everyone has an opinion on how to make a proper cup of tea. The first ingredient must be leaf tea, not tea bags, and certainly not powder. Only black tea is "real" tea in Britain.

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    Christmas Roast Turkey

    Thanksgiving roast turkey recipe

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    No British Christmas lunch is complete without a roast turkey.

    Traditionally Roast Goose was the preferred Christmas roast in Britain and Ireland until the new-fangled bird arrived from America in the 16th century. Now, no British or Irish Christmas dinner would be complete without a Roast Turkey.

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    Traditional Christmas Pudding

    Traditional Christmas Pudding

    The Spruce

    No British Christmas is ever complete without a traditional Christmas pudding. Do not be daunted by the number of ingredients; a little organization, some time and you will have the quintessential Christmas pudding.

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    Traditional Christmas Mince Pies

    Tipsy Laird Trifle recipe

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    No Christmas is complete without a plate or two of traditional mince pies.

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    Traditional British Christmas Cake

    Traditional British Christmas Cake

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    A dense rich fruit Christmas cake is an essential part of a traditional British Christmas.