The Ultimate British Food List

British Food List

Looking for a British food list? 

Well, look no further.

I’ve put together a mammoth A-Z list including many of our famous dishes and delicacies (and maybe not-so-famous).

Brace yourself. Here is THE ULTIMATE British Food List…

Afternoon Tea

A famous British food tradition, Afternoon Tea is a special meal involving sandwiches and baked goods, accompanied by cups of tea.

Angel Delight

A famous flavoured powder mixed with milk to give a mousse type dessert. Most common flavours are strawberry, chocolate and butterscotch. 

Apple Crumble

Possibly the most famous of the British desserts.

Arbroath Smokie

Smoked haddock from the town of Arbroath in Scotland.

Arctic Roll

An amazing ice cream and sponge based dessert.

Bacon Butty

A.k.a. the bacon sandwich. Most popular at breakfast time, with red or brown sauce. 

Bakewell Tart

One of the British Food Dude’s favourite desserts!

Banbury Cake

A spiced pastry from Oxfordshire, filled with currants, not dissimilar to an Eccles cake.

Bangers and Mash

A.k.a. Sausages and mash. One of the most popular British meals.

Banoffee Pie

Another top notch dessert. Also a personal fave!

Bara Brith 

A Welsh fruit bread. 

Barmbrack

An Irish fruit bread. 

Battenberg Cake 

A traditional, creatively designed cake of a marzipan flavour. 

Beans on Toast

A true British food staple. Homemade beans are a thing, but Heinz baked beans from a tin (can) are certainly most common. 

Bedfordshire Clanger

A meat filled pastry snack, like a cross between a Sausage Roll and Cornish Pasty. 

Beef Stew and Dumplings

A hearty main dish eaten for dinner, particularly in winter.

Beef Wellington

A retro but classy main meal. Beef steak wrapped in mushroom duxelle and pastry. 

Blackburn Cake

Another pastry item, this time with a filling of stewed apples, from Blackburn in Lancashire. 

Black Pudding

A pork blood sausage usually eaten as part of a British breakfast.

Boxty

An Irish potato cake.

Brandy Snaps

A crispy and brittle dessert or snack made from golden syrup (not brandy). Usually served with cream (which can be flavoured with brandy).

Bread and Butter Pudding

A traditional British dessert comprising bread and butter cooked amongst custard and dried fruit. 

Bridie

A Scottish pastry dish with meat filling. 

Bubble and Squeak

A potato and cabbage side dish, or a feature of the Fry Up.

Casserole

A meat and vegetable dinner course. 

Cauliflower Cheese

A side dish usually served with a Roast Dinner.

Champ

A simple and delicious mashed potato and scallion dish from Ireland. 

Cheddar

A type of cheese, probably the most common in England. 

Cheese Board

A savoury dessert option.

Chicken Tikka Masala

A curry dish adopted from India. So popular it’s  widely considered to be one of the British national dishes.

Chip Butty

A chip (French fries) sandwich. 

Chorley Cake

A shortcrust pastry treat from Lancashire.  

Christmas Cake

A fruit cake, eaten at Christmas. 

Christmas Pudding

A traditional spiced fruit dessert served at Christmas. Also known as ‘Figgy Pudding.’

Clapshot

A mashed vegetable dish from Scotland, the vegetables being swede, turnip and potato. 

Cockles

A shellfish delicacy. 

Colcannon

Similar to bubble and squeak, colcannon is an Irish dish of potato and kale or cabbage.

Cornish Hevva Cake

A traditional cake from Cornwall (also known as ‘heavy cake’).

Cornish Pasty

One of the most popular British delicacies; a meat filled pastry dish / snack from Cornwall.

Coronation Chicken

A curried chicken dish. Popular as a cold sandwich filling. 

Cottage Pie

A main course of minced beef and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes. 

Cranachan

A Scottish dessert made of fruit, cream and whisky.

Crempog

This is a thick pancake from Wales, also known as ‘Ffroes.’

Crumpets

A breakfast alternative to toast. 

Cumberland Sausage

A pork sausage originating in Cumberland, traditionally rolled up into a spiral. 

Cullen Skink

A haddock, potato and onion soup from Scotland. 

Custard

An egg, sugar and cream based dessert food (a.k.a in France as Creme Anglaise). Used as a filling for pies and tarts, or as an accompaniment with various desserts. 

Custard Tart

A quintessentially British dessert / sweet treat.

Deep Fried Mars Bar

A genius Scottish invention involving the battering and deep frying of our beloved Mars bar (candy bar).

Devilled Kidneys

A spiced lamb kidney dish dating to the Victorian era, most commonly eaten for breakfast. 

Dripping Cake

A bread similar to Lardy cake made from animal fat. Also called a ‘dripper.’

Drisheen

A sausage made from cow, pig or sheep blood from Ireland. Similar to black pudding.

Eccles Cake

A fruit filled pastry.

English Muffin

A soft baked breakfast item, used in the popular Eggs Benedict dish. 

Eton Mess

A classy English dessert of meringue, strawberries and cream.

Eve’s Pudding

Basically a combination of the apple crumble and Victoria sponge – what more could you want!? 

Faggots

Minced pork meat and offal meatballs.

Fish and Chips

Maybe the most popular British food outside the UK. Battered cod with chunky chips and mushy peas is just the best.

Fisherman’s Pie

A famous seafood dish with a mashed potatoes topping (not pastry).

Fool

A refreshing puréed fruit and cream based dessert.

Full Breakfast 

The ultimate way to start your day in Britain! Different variations available in each country, i.e. Full English Breakfast, Full Scottish Breakfast, etc. 

Game (Pie)

Britain is home to some awesome game and there’s no better way to enjoy it than in a pie.

Garibaldi Biscuits

A fruit filled biscuit. Basically a biscuit sandwich – incredible! 

Gypsy Tart

A very sweet dessert from Kent in England, made from evaporated or condensed milk and sugar.

Haggis

One of the British national dishes (Scotland). Minced pig heart, liver and lung mixed with spices, suet and oatmeal, traditionally cooked in the pig’s stomach casing. Tastier than it sounds!

Ham, Egg and Chips

A simple and humble meal commonly found on a pub menu.

Hog’s Pudding

Confusingly, this is not a pudding as you would expect. It’s a sausage from Cornwall and Devon in England. 

Hot Cross Buns

An incredible traditional baked treat, most commonly eaten at Easter time.

Irish Soda Bread

A quick bread particularly popular in Ireland, made with baking soda rather than yeast.

Irish Stew

A stewed meat and root vegetables main dish, from Ireland.

Jam Roly-Poly

An awesome dessert consisting of jam rolled up in sponge cake.

Jellied Eels

One of the true British delicacies, being eels cooked in a spiced stock which is left to set and form a jelly. Originated from East London.

Jugged Hare

One of our famous pub dishes, being a rabbit stew.

Kedgeree

A spiced rice, fish and egg dish adopted from India. Traditionally eaten for breakfast. 

King Rib

A deep fried minced pork patty found in Scotland and Ireland. Normally served with chips. 

Kippers

Kippers are a famous fish and forms one of Britain’s old-school breakfast dishes. The fish is also known as Herring.

Knickerbocker Glory

A show-stopper of a dessert, similar to an ice cream Sundae.

Lancashire Hotpot

A delicious slow-cooked dish from guess where? Yep, Lancashire. Made with mutton or lamb and topped with sliced potatoes. 

Lardy Cake

A classic spiced bread from the south of England, made from lard (rendered animal fat). Similar to Dripping cake.

Laverbread

A Welsh delicacy made from seaweed (not bread!)

Lincolnshire Sausage

A sausage. From Lincolnshire!

Liver and Bacon

Animal livers and bacon is a common winter pub dish, usually served with fried onions, vegetables and gravy. 

Madeira Cake

A soft sponge cake usually eaten with a cup of tea.

Maids of Honour Tart

A traditional sweet tart made with puff pastry and cheese curds.

Mince Pies

A fruit filled (not meat) pastry eaten at Christmas. 

British food list… half-way mark!!

Loads more awesome British foods coming up…

Neeps and Tatties

Mashed swede (needs) and potatoes (tatties) eaten with Haggis.

Omelette Arnold Bennett 

Named after the famous author, an omelette containing smoked haddock and topped with melted cheese. 

Panackelty

A northern England casserole dish.

Pan Haggerty

Yet another great one-pot dish from northern England. Made from potato, onion and cheese mainly. 

Parkin

Another delicacy from northern England, being an oatmeal and black treacle gingerbread cake. 

Parmo

A cheese-topped breaded chicken or pork dish created in Teeside, Middlesbrough (north-east England). 

Pease Pudding

A savoury boiled legume dish, also known as pease pottage. 

Pie and Mash

One of the British food staples. A meat (and usually vegetable) filled pastry, with mashed potatoes. Served with gravy. 

Pigs in Blankets

Chipolata sausages wrapped in bacon. A traditional Christmas side, served with the Roast Turkey and all the other ‘trimmings.’

Ploughman’s Lunch

It doesn’t get much simpler than a Ploughman’s Lunch, which is a cold meal of cheese, meat and bread, accompanied by pickles and delicacies like the pork pie and scotch egg.

Pork Pie

Never mind the British food list, we can make a list of just awesome British pastry goods!

The pork pie is maybe the most famous of our pies, being a creation from Melton Mowbray in the north of England.

Pork Scratchings

Way more appetising than they sound, pork scratchings are usually eaten as a pub snack. 

Porridge

An oat breakfast cereal cooked with milk or water and finished with toppings of your choice, such as jam, fruit or nuts.

Potted Shrimps

Shrimps are cooked and preserved in butter to give potted shrimps, which are normally served with bread or toast as a pub starter. 

Pound Cake

A sponge cake made with a pound (measurement) each of butter, flour, sugar and eggs. 

Prawn Cocktail

A classic British dish, usually a starter course consisting of prawns and salad, topped with Marie-rose sauce.

Queen of Puddings

One of the classic British desserts made from breadcrumbs, jam and meringue.

Rag Pudding

A minced meat, onion and suet pastry dish. It’s name comes from rag cloths being used in the preparation method.

Red Pudding

A takeaway meat dish historically popular in Scotland.

Rhubarb Crumble

A fruit dessert similar to the apple crumble.

Rice Pudding

This sweet and creamy rice-based dessert will warm you up in winter! 

Rumbledethumps

This is an incredible cheesy potato dish, despite the odd name. If only there were a list of weird British food names!!

Sausage Roll 

One of the GREAT British delicacies. Sausage meat wrapped in puff pastry – an amazing snack or part of a Ploughman’s Lunch.

Saveloy 

A popular pork based sausage eaten from takeaway fish and chip shops (as an alternative to fish.

Scampi and chips 

A seafood (crustacean) dish. A great alternative to fish and chips.

Scones 

A popular baked treat forming part of the Afternoon Tea. Sweet scones served with jam and cream are most common, but savoury is also an option.

Scotch Broth

A chunky and rich Scottish soup.

Scotch Egg

A stunning British food creation. It’s a hard boiled egg inside sausage meat and breadcrumbs, deep fried. Enough said! 

Scotch Pie

A savoury Scottish pie traditionally made with minced mutton inside a hot water crust pastry casing.

Scottish Shortbread

A lovely, buttery biscuit (not bread) from Scotland. 

Scouse

A lamb or beef stew popular in Liverpool, northern England. 

Shepherds Pie

One of THE classic British dishes. A lovely meal of minced lamb and vegetables, topped with mashed potato and melted cheese.

Smoked Salmon

A popular breakfast food, Scottish smoked salmon in particular.

Spotted Dick 

A retro UK dessert made with suet and dried fruit, best with custard.

Stargazy Pie

A Cornish fish pie with peculiar but show-stopping presentation! 

Steak Pies

A traditional and popular option of pie choice eaten with mashed potatoes (pie and mash). Variations include the steak and kidney pie, steak and mushroom pie, or steak and oyster pie. 

Sticky Toffee Pudding

A decadent, mouth-watering sponge dessert oozing with toffee sauce. 

Stilton 

A popular strong type of blue cheese from England. White Stilton is also a thing but lesser known.

Stottie Cake

Also called a ‘stotty,’ this is a bread product from northern England. 

Stovies

A Scottish potato dish.

Strawberries and Cream

A simple dish needing no explanation! Most popular for being eaten at the Wimbledon tennis championships in summer.

Suet Pudding

A suet-based pudding which can be savoury or sweet, depending on your filling choice (examples include steak and kidney pudding and treacle pudding). 

Summer Pudding

The Summer Pudding is a gorgeous bread and fruit (berries) based dessert. 

Sussex Pond Pudding

A suet based dessert from the county of Sussex, England. These days it’s usually cooked with a whole lemon inside. 

Syllabub 

A cream and fruit based dessert, originally a drink.

Tea Cakes

A traditional bread and current ‘cake’ eaten with butter and a cup of tea. 

Toad in the Hole

Yep, we have some weird names for our food, but this sausage and Yorkshire pudding batter dish is simply incredible!

Treacle Tart / Treacle Sponge Pudding

Two amazing British desserts made from treacle.

Trifle

A sophisticated English layered dessert, mainly involving fruit, jelly, custard and cream.

Victoria Sponge Cake

Also known as the Victoria Sandwich, (although not a sandwich). This is a simple but amazing sponge cake with a cream and strawberry filling. 

Welsh Cakes

A flat fruit cake from Wales.

Welsh Cawl

A proper chunky meat and vegetable soup from Wales. 

Welsh Rarebit

This is an amazing dish of melted cheese on toast. 

White Pudding

A British breakfast delicacy, being a sausage made from oatmeal and pork. Like black pudding without the blood.

Winkles

A shellfish delicacy.

Yorkshire Brack

A fruit cake from Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Pudding

A popular savoury batter delicacy served with a Roast Dinner and Toad-in-the-hole. Worthy of being at the top of the British food list really!

Yule Log

A chocolate sponge cake shaped like a wooden log, eaten at Christmas. 

…and there’s your British food list!

Obviously, we have so many awesome foods, I may have forgotten some!

If you think I’ve missed something, just let me know.

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