British Desserts – The Best UK Puddings

British Desserts

British desserts (or ‘puddings’) really are one of the wonders of the world!

If you’re not from the UK, when it comes to puddings you may have only heard of the Yorkshire pudding.

But, despite its name, this is not actually a dessert.

Instead, here are the best traditional British desserts I’d suggest you choose to finish your meal off in style…

Hot British desserts

Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble

Maybe the most famous British dessert, a good old apple crumble simply can’t fail to satisfy. Sweet, soft spiced apples finished with a crisp ‘crumble’ topping of flour, butter, sugar and oats.

Best served with hot custard, although cream or ice cream are also good choices. The apples can be swapped for other fruit – also popular are plums, pears and berries.

Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread and butter pudding

Now this is a proper retro British dessert!

Custard and sultanas are added to a tray of… you guessed it, bread and butter, before baking into a golden after-dinner delight.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

You could say this cheeky devil puts the ‘Great’ into Great British cuisine!

You could also say I’m overreacting, but I’d suggest you try for yourself first.

The name says it all really. STICKY. TOFFEE. PUDDING! It’s just bound to be good.

Jam Roly Poly

Jam Roly Poly

While it’s name suggests a sticky gymnastics move, a Jam Roly Poly is in fact a fun and tasty British dessert!

Jam spread over a flat suet pudding which is then rolled up and baked or steamed, is a description that probably doesn’t do the this pudding dish justice!

Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick - British desserts

As far as weird British food names go, this is clearly the least appetising!! Back in the 1800s, ‘Dick’ was simply another term used for pudding (naturally!)

But, the addition of custard to this suet and dried fruit bad boy makes it all the more delectable! A real quintessential British dessert!

Treacle Sponge Pudding

Treacle sponge pudding

This is a proper traditional British dessert that’ll warm you up in winter. It’s pretty much what the name tells you and with custard it’s just ridiculously good.

Eve’s Pudding

Eve's Pudding
Image courtesy of Yeo Valley

Not dissimilar to an apple crumble, but Eve’s Pudding has a nice light vanilla sponge covering the amazing stewed apples. Yet another brilliant dessert, particularly when served with custard, cream or ice cream!

Bakewell Tart

Bakewell tart - British desserts

Some may not agree, but for me this is in my top three British desserts!

There’s just something about this almond and jam sponge that gets me every time!

Cold British desserts

Eton Mess

Eton Mess

Eton Mess is one of many fantastic traditional English desserts that’ll just light your face right up!

Strawberries, meringue and whipped cream thrown together is all that’s needed to create this epic pudding.

Custard Tart

Custard tart

The chances are you’ve seen this beauty being made on The Great British Bake Off. Whilst it could be eaten hot, it’s best served cold.

An absolute classic, involving pastry filled with the silky vanilla, egg, sugar, milk and cream mixture otherwise known as custard!

Arctic Roll

Arctic Roll

The Arctic Roll in particular is a proper old fashioned school pudding that isn’t so common these days (well, it was served a lot at my school!)

Not sure why it’s not seen much nowadays really. Ice cream wrapped in sponge. An absolute triumph if you ask me!



A Trifle (pronounced “try-full”) can come in an array of flavours, but the traditional Trifle is a layered, strawberry based dessert and is constructed as follows:

  • Base layer – Victoria sponge fingers encased within strawberry flavoured jelly.
  • Second layer – custard.
  • Third layer – whipped cream, topped with fresh strawberries.

Jelly and Ice-cream

Jelly and ice cream
Image courtesy of Great British Chefs

An absolute favourite at children’s birthday parties in the UK (Jelly being Jell-O in other parts of the world)!

Strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant, orange, lime and more. Oh the jelly options! Added to a few scoops of ice cream, this British dessert just can’t fail to make you feel young again.

Queen of Puddings

Queen of Puddings
Image courtesy of BBC Food

As far as British puddings go, this is the Queen bee! Eating this sweet, buttery, breadcrumb based treat, complete with jam and a meringue topping, will almost make you feel part of the Royal Family.

Ok, I might be getting slightly carried away!

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie

I’ll level with you, this is my favourite dessert…


Bananas, cream and toffee on a buttery biscuit base. Erm, yes please. What’s more, the first ingredient is banana, so it’s super healthy. Ok, maybe not. Best British dessert for me though, hands down.

Gypsy Tart

Gypsy Tart
Image courtesy of Sainsbury’s

A Gypsy Tart probably doesn’t sound very appetising, but it is a very sweet dessert that goes great with some cream or creme fraiche. It’s basically made from evaporated milk, muscovado sugar and pastry.

Rhubarb Desserts

Rhubarb - British desserts

Rhubarb is a great fruit and very popular in the UK, particularly in Summer. The most common pudding to make with rhubarb is a Crumble, but other amazing cold options are a Rhubarb Fool or a Rhubarb Trifle, just to name a couple!

Summer Pudding

Summer pudding

A British Summer Pudding is a real looker of a dessert! Berries are the star of the show, sitting inside a casing of white bread which has been allowed to soak up all the beautiful fruit juices. Just amazing.

Cheese Board

Cheese board

Not got a sweet tooth? The Cheese Board is for you! The best Cheese Boards mix a variety of cheese types, textures and flavours.

Normally served with crackers, chutneys / pickles and fruit, such as grapes or figs.

I told you British desserts are amazing!

Surely now you just want to find a place to eat in the UK!

British Food Dude