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Cuisine in the UK has emerged as genuinely upscale in the past two decades. It wasn’t too long ago that the culinary scene in Great Britain was given less than stellar reviews. Classic British dishes are undergoing a makeover by some incredible emerging chefs and are worth trying. Here are 6 British foods that you must try. 

Scotch Eggs

The Scotch egg is a popular breakfast food that is unique to the UK. This is a tasty dish that you can take on the road with you. It is believed that the Scotch egg originated in 1738 at the department store Fortnum & Mason.

A Scotch egg is a boiled egg that is encased in sausage meat. This neat little package is dipped in a coating of bread crumbs and deep-fried until the exterior is crunchy. If having this at home or in a restaurant, the eggs will be soft-boiled, so the yolk oozes when you slice into it. If taking the Scotch egg on the road, a hard-boiled egg works best.


British style kedgeree has its roots in Indian cuisine. Asian cultures make a similar dish with rice and lentils called khichdi. The British reworked the recipe to include animal protein. This is a traditional English breakfast dish of leftover rice that is cooked with smoked fish, such as gravlax or smoked haddock, and curry spices. It is served with boiled eggs. This is a filling breakfast that will keep you sated for hours.

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips are a staple in the British diet. It is akin to burger and fries in the USA. When prepared correctly, this is a dish that you will want over and over again. The fish needs to be super fresh, and the batter has to be crunchy.

Fish and chip shops, and even upscale restaurants, are vying for the best accolades for their versions of this meal. Cod, and some other flaky white fishes, are dipped in a flour and beer batter and fried in scalding oil. This is seasoned with salt and pepper and served with crispy fried potatoes and malt vinegar or tartar sauce. The best are rolled in paper to absorb some of the frying oil. This is a fantastic and quick lunch.

Cornish Pasty

Every countryside pub seems to be serving Cornish pasties, and it’s the only sustenance offered to accompany your pint. These are semi-circular shaped pastries filled with cubed or minced meat, potatoes, onion, and rutabaga. They are baked until steaming in the centre and golden brown on the exterior. You can eat a pasty with your hands and some napkins. It would be best if you had an ale or stout with a Cornish pasty. This is a great afternoon snack after walking the trails in the local hills.

Beef Wellington

There is nothing more British than a perfectly cooked beef Wellington. The dish is a beef tenderloin portion coated with a creamy layer of mushroom duxelles and liver pâté. This is then wrapped in puff pastry and baked until the pastry is flaky and the beef is medium-rare and moist.

The dish is often served for dinner with roasted root vegetables and a light beef jus or gravy. Beef Wellington is an elegant dining staple in Great Britain.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

There might not be a more classic British dessert than a steaming sticky toffee pudding. This comforting dish is more of a cupcake than a pudding. The date infused sponge cake is moist and sweet. It is served with a lovely sticky toffee sauce that the cake is soaked in and often includes a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This dish was first introduced on the menu of the Sharrow Bay Country House in the 1970s.