British Culture Guide

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Here you can find some information about the food eaten in Britain for main meals.

Sunday Roast:
The Sunday Roast, or Roast Dinner, is probably the meal England is most famous for. It is eaten in most restaurants and homes across the country every Sunday afternoon and is a meal of pure indulgence. It is basically roasted meat with all the trimmings, including roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, stuffing, and vegetables. You can choose whichever meat you want, depending on your fancy, and each comes with its own special sides:

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  • Chicken: with bread sauce or cranberry sauce;
  • Beef: with horseradish sauce or mustard;
  • Pork: with apple sauce;
  • Lamb: with mint sauce or redcurrant jelly.

The mother of all Roast Dinners for most people is usually served on Christmas Day when a huge turkey (often the size of a small child) is roasted and served with every vegetable, sauce and potato you can imagine.

british meals 2Full English Breakfast (or ‘Fry Up’):

England is (in)famous for its heart attack inducing breakfasts that prepare you for the day in a way no other breakfast can. The list of foods that can be (and often all are!) included in a ‘Full English’ is almost endless: sausages, bacon, hash browns, baked beans, toast, fried eggs, black pudding, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms, scrambled egg, fried bread…

british meals 3Pies and Pasties:

Pies are filled with every imaginable ingredient, from steak and kidney, chicken and leek, to potato, cheese and onion. Cottage   pies are also very popular home-cooked meals, and are made from minced beef, vegetables and gravy, and topped with mashed potato.
A pasty is like a pie but shaped differently and with different fillings. The most well-known is the Cornish Pasty which is usually filled with steak, onion and potato.

british meals 4Fish and Chips:

The name seems to say it all - a meal  made up (unsurprisingly) of chips and battered fish. The best place to get a good fish and chips is from your local ‘Chippy’, where you can get a takeaway wrapped in newspaper. Traditionally the fish is cod, and the chips are served with salt, vinegar and ketchup, all for around a fiver (L5).

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Bangers and Mash:

An odd name for a very simple meal, bangers and mash is simply sausages with mashed potato. Usually served with onion gravy it is great pub food, or easily cooked at home. The British love their sausages and there are loads of different varieties, including Cumberland (peppery pork sausages), Lincolnshire (herby) and more unusual combinations like apple and pork.

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Yorkshire Pudding:

Despite their name, Yorkshire puddings are actually a savory accompaniment to meat. They are made simply from batter that is then put in a special tray and cooked in a hot oven, where they (hopefully) rise and become light and fluffy. They are perfect with roast dinners, or can be made into larger puddings and cooked with sausages to make Toad in the Hole.

british meals 7Toad in the Hole:

This is another meal that is actually quite simple. Make the batter for a Yorkshire pudding, put whole sausages in it, cook it. There you have Toad in the Hole.


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Bubble and Squeak:

This meal has very little to do with bubbles or squeaks but is actually a traditional meal eaten on Boxing Day. The leftover vegetables (potatoes, cabbage, peas, carrots, Brussels sprouts) from Christmas dinner (or any Sunday Roast) are all put together and fried, and then often served with the cold meat left over from the roast.

british meals 9Haggis:

This is probably the most famous dish from Scotland, and probably also the most un-appetizing. It is made from sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, minced with onion, oatmeal, suet (beef fat), and spices and then boiled in a sheep’s stomach for 3 hours.


british meals 10Black Pudding:

Closely behind Haggis in the unappetizing sounding foods is Black Pudding. Sometimes called Blood Pudding, it is a sausage made from animal blood mixed with oatmeal or onion, which is then cooked and then left to cool down. It is similar to Blutwurst in Germany or Bousin in France.


british meals 11Takeaways

The British probably eat other cultures’ food as much as they eat their own. If you are buying it from a restaurant, a very popular way to do it is to get a takeaway. The most popular ones are Indian curries, Chinese food, Kebabs and pizzas - none of which are exactly traditional British meals!
In fact many people say that the number one British dish is now curry! The diversity of the food that the British eat can be seen in the list below.

Top 10 Most Well Known Recipes in Britain:
1.    Spaghetti Bolognese;
2.    Roast Dinner;
3.    Chilli Con Carne;
4.    Lasagne;
5.    Cottage Pie;
6.    Meat or fish stir fry;
7.    Beef Casserole;
8.    Macaroni Cheese;
9.    Toad in the Hole;
10.    Curry.