Travelers and expats, don’t believe the persistent stereotype that British food is the pits! After spending four years in the country, I developed a few favorites that always bring back good food memories. Here are some of the best things I ever ate in the UK.
Although originally Turkish, you’re bound to find a kebab shop on any high street in the UK. These delicious shavings of roasted meat tucked in a soft flatbread, similar to the Middle Eastern shawarma or Greek gyro, is often the perfect end to a night out to soak up all that excess grog.
Sunday roast dinner
Roasted veggies, roasted potatoes, roast beef, crispy Yorkshire puddings, all smothered in gravy. Can Sundays get any better?
Think about the easiest way you can make a granola bar. English flapjacks are simple but so good: rolled oats, golden syrup, butter, brown sugar, and raisins cooked on the stovetop, baked, and then cut into chewy bars! Warning: they are addictive.
These babies are thinner than Scotch or American pancakes and resemble the French crepe. They’re also traditionally served with lemon and sugar and especially enjoyed on Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday).
Don’t be fooled by the name. These little Christmas pastries are filled with minced dried fruit rather than minced animal meat.
These are made with lightly seasoned pork rather than frankfurters.
The combination of chocolate, a sponge cake-like cookie, and orange jam is pure heaven.
Fish and chips
Battered fish and thick-cut fries never tasted better!
Fry up/Full English breakfast
Fried egg, fried tomato, fried mushroom, bacon, sausage, baked beans, toast. This is often recommended as the best way to get over a long night at the pub.
Did you know that the UK’s favorite curry, chicken tikka masala, was invented there, not in India? Also, my favorite thing about some curry restaurants in the UK is BYO (bring your own alcohol). If you like it spicy, my top picks are lamb rogan josh and chicken jalfrezi.
This one-pot dish really hits the spot especially when it’s wet and cold outside. The gooey combination of minced beef, cheese, and mashed potato also makes the perfect pub lunch.
Bangers and mash
Great name for such a simple dish of sausages and mashed potatoes.
Sticky toffee pudding
It’s a rich sponge cake made with chopped dates and smothered in a toffee sauce.
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Ooey gooey combination of bananas, toffee, and cream in a pie shell.
Remember when Rachel from Friends made a trifle with peas, onion, minced beef, jam, custard, and bananas? She almost got it right but not quite. The trifle recipe varies from family to family but is a layered dessert with ladyfingers/sponge cake pieces, jam/jelly, custard (made from scratch), whipped cream, and chocolate shavings.
Some Brits don’t really like this but I loved it because it reminded me of Trini black cake. It’s a dense cake made with minced fruit, soaked in brandy, lit on fire, then doused with custard!
This pie filled with meat and veggies is usually a great way to have lunch on the run. You can pick it up in any supermarket or convenience store.
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Pickles and chutneys
Think beyond the dill pickle! Branston’s (made with a host of pickled vegetables) is usually found in any British pantry and really livens up a regular Cheddar cheese sandwich. One of my favorite chutneys is also fruity tomato chutney which pairs well with cold sandwiches.
You cannot beat this afternoon delight which includes fresh pots of tea and baked scones served with real clotted cream, butter, and strawberry/raspberry jam. The best I had was in a conservatory tea room in St David’s, Wales.
It’s a vanilla ice cream cone served with a stick of Cadbury Flake, a crumbly chocolate bar. This is only served in summer from those eponymous ice cream vans.
Have you ever tried British food? How was it?