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What are Traditional British Foods?

It’s no secret that Britain has a rich and varied culinary history. From the classic fish and chips to the traditional Sunday roast, British food has been enjoyed by many for generations. But what exactly are traditional British foods?

Classic Fish And Chips

The Classics: Fish and Chips

No list of traditional British foods would be complete without mentioning fish and chips. This classic dish is a staple in many households across the country and is often served with a side of mushy peas or curry sauce. Fish and chips have been around since the 19th century when it was first served as a cheap meal for working-class families. Today, it remains one of the nation’s favourite dishes. Torquay is infamous for some of the best fish and chips in the region.

The National Dish: Roast Dinner

The roast dinner is often referred to as Britain’s national dish, and it’s easy to see why. This hearty meal usually consists of roasted meat (most commonly beef or lamb), potatoes, vegetables, gravy, Yorkshire pudding (a savory side dish made from a batter of eggs, flour, and milk or water), stuffing and other accompaniments such as horseradish sauce or apple sauce. It’s traditionally served on Sundays but can be enjoyed any day of the week! Many families have created traditions around this delicious dish.

Roast Dinner
Lancashire Hotpot

Regional Specialities

Britain is home to many regional specialities that have become popular over time. For example, Lancashire hotpot is a slow-cooked stew made with mutton or lamb, potatoes and vegetables – it originated in Lancashire in the 19th century but can now be found all over Britain. Another regional favourite is Cornish pasties – these savoury pastries are filled with beef, potatoes and onions and were traditionally eaten by miners in Cornwall during their lunch breaks.

Sweets & Treats

Last but not least, let’s not forget about all the delicious sweet treats that make up traditional British cuisine! From sticky toffee pudding to scones with jam and cream – there are plenty of desserts to choose from! And don’t forget about classic British biscuits such as digestives or shortbread – they’re perfect for dunking into your cup of tea!


As you can see, there are so many delicious dishes that make up traditional British cuisine! So why not try out some of these dishes when you visit Torquay? You won’t regret it!

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