The Most Famous British Food (And Where To Eat Yours)

Famous British food

Famous British food is famous for a reason: because it’s delicious. Scrumptious. Appetising. Delectable. You get the picture.

Alright, alright, we would say that. But it’s just the truth that we at the British Grub Hub know the real reasons why British food is famous (and infamous).

The most famous British food is of course the traditional dishes from the UK, like the Full English Breakfast, Fish & Chips, Pie & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie; as well as desserts such as Apple Crumble and Trifle; and not to mention delicacies like Haggis and Welsh Rarebit.

In case you hadn’t heard, British food also used to be famous for being the worst food in the world, but these days modern British food is a thing, and that’s pretty famous too.

But enough of all that. What you’re no doubt here for is a list of the most famous British dishes to try when you visit the UK. And that’s exactly what you’ll find below, followed by a link to some great places to eat in Blighty.

Britain’s Most Famous Food

Great Britain is famous for loads of native ingredients, dishes and delicacies. And what better way to go through the most famous British meals than by comparing them to famous British faces.

So, here’s a list of Britain’s famous food:

Full English Breakfast

Famous British Food - Full English Breakfast

Starting with the most important meal of the day, the Full English Breakfast is perhaps the most famous British food.

If you were to compare the Full English Breakfast to a British celebrity (because why wouldn’t you?) then it’d have to be James Bond, a.k.a. Daniel Craig, purely for its licence to thrill (oh stop it!)

Fish and Chips

Famous British Food - Fish and Chips

Another very famous British food dish is Fish and Chips, a meal that’s synonymous with seaside towns across the UK.

Famously linked to one these towns (Southend-on-sea in Essex) is one of Britain’s most famous celebrity chefs, Jamie Oliver. As Jamie would say, Fish and Chips is just “pukka.”

Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash

Bangers and mash is famously served on your typical British pub food menu, as well as enjoyed in most homes around Blighty.

It might sound like something our world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua would make of you if you upset him, but it’s really just one of the true classics when it comes to traditional British dinners.

Toad in the hole

Toad in the hole

Toad in the hole is a retro British meal made from sausages and one of the most famous British delicacies, that is Yorkshire Pudding. 

Britain’s lovable golfer Rory Mcillroy is often putting balls into holes, but we bet you he enjoys a nice toad in the hole just as much.

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie is another particularly famous British food. This minced lamb and potato dish is extra tasty when cooked with Welsh lamb.

This simply must mean that Charles, the Prince of Wales, loves a cheeky Shepherd’s Pie.

Pie and Mash

Pie and Mash

Pie & Mash is without doubt one of the best British dishes to try when visiting the UK, as well as one of the most famous. 

It’s also well known that England’s mega-famous ex-footballer David Beckham loves visiting one of the best Pie & Mash shops when in East London.

Ploughman’s Lunch

Ploughamn's Lunch

The Ploughman’s Lunch is mainly a famous British food for being such a simple dish, consisting of bread, ham, cheese, salad and pickles most typically. 

This traditional British lunch dish is perhaps best compared to the UK’s superstar musician Ed Sheeran, for the simple reason that both are super famous but also super humble.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea is probably the pinnacle of British food traditions and we’d like to think, famous around the world.

Britain’s queen of baking Mary Berry and this ultra traditional sandwich and cake fest just go hand in hand.

Welsh Cawl

Welsh Cawl

When we think about Wales, we think of a Welsh Cawl. This meat and vegetable broth is proper traditional Welsh food. While it’s not exactly the most famous British food, it perhaps ought to be.

It might well be less famous than Welsh actor Michael Sheen, but Welsh Cawl sure is great.



When we think about something famous, strong, meaty and tasty from Scotland, we think about Haggis, another one of Britain’s national dishes.

Then again, we also think of the actor Gerrard Butler.

Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington is famous in England for being one of the ultimate special occasion dinners.

It’s also famous for being on the menu in the restaurant of celebrity Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay.

Irish Stew

Famous British Food - Irish Stew

A famous and tasty dish from Ireland is the Irish Stew. 

Another is Liam Neeson.

Roast Dinner

Famous British food

Not only is it probably the most famous British food, but the classic roast dinner is undoubtedly the most prestigious.

If the roast dinner were a famous Brit, it’d have to be Queen Liz (yes, we just compared a roast dinner with the British monarch.

Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble

Probably the most famous of the classic British desserts, apple crumble is the pudding of all puddings.

Call us crazy, but we’re likening the Apple Crumble to legendary actress Dame Judi Dench. Just like her character ‘M’ in the James Bond films, this incredible pudding has a hard, crunchy exterior, but you just know there’s a soft, gooey layer somewhere underneath.

Eton Mess

Eton Mess

Eton Mess is an incredibly famous strawberry, meringue and cream dessert from a posh part of England.

And as we’ve chosen to write this silly article linking famous British foods to our famous people, the fact that Prince Harry went to Eton College has helped us out massively.

Strawberry Trifle


If you’re looking for famous English class and beauty, look no further than the classic strawberry trifle.

Actress Emma Watson (a.k.a Hermoine in Harry Potter) is another example.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Famous British Food - Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding is one of the most famous and magical British desserts, no doubt about it.

Possibly even more so than the UK’s most famous wizard, Harry Potter himself, a.k.a. Daniel Radcliffe.

So, that’s the most famous British food. Now you just need to find a place to eat yours…

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