Let's talk about British Food! What's your favorite?

A user requested a new category dedicated to all things British food - so here it is!

Let's get the ball rolling - what's your favorite British food?



  • I'm obsessed with the savory British pie and am determined to make them at home, but the water crust is a beast to wrangle. Any success stories or good recipes out there? My favorite place to eat them is The Pie Room in the Holborn Dining Room in Rosewood London.

  • Ever tried Yorkshire Pie and Peas ..?

    It's a bowl of mushy peas with a pork pie hidden underneath ... :)

    Here is a recipe :


  • My husband, who now lives in the US, totally misses his British favorites (pork pie, steak & kidney, crumpets, steak & ale, etc). I have tried making steak & kidney, but the ingredients here aren’t exactly right, so he keeps looking for somewhere he can buy them. Recently he discovered Parkers, an on-line British food maker in the US. He’s totally delighted! Loves the pork pies! That’s his favorite. Orders the rest from them as well and hasn’t been disappointed yet. The only thing of mine he likes best is sausage rolls (thank you Delia Smith) 😊

  • Parkers are great! So are the Pie Society out of Georgia!

  • I agree! We went on a road trip there last year. Drove down from PA, thoroughly enjoyed Savannah, then packed a cooler full of goodies to bring home 👍

  • Thanks for the recipe, Britbunny!

  • I don't think I can narrow it down to just one thing. I love fresh fish'n chips near the sea... Steak and ale pie. Mushy peas. The freshness and genuine "taste" of vegetables and fruits - often sourced locally. Strawberries in Ireland and England are so much better than here in the States. I love a good curry. I guess if I have to choose a favorite - and if it qualifies as food - my favorite is sticky toffee pudding. That says a lot about me, I know! But it's just so delicious! Oh, I can't forget scones. I don't think I've ever had a proper meal in Britain that wasn't delicious. On the few occasions when I've gone for a quick American meal (McDonalds or Five Guys) it's been so-so. Pizza Express has amazing salads and pizzas though!

  • Cornish pasties! I adore Cornish pasties. Yeah, I go to West Cornwall Pasties usually to get my fix, but on one gloriously memorable occasion, I had a Cornish pasty IN Cornwall--Tintagel, to be precise. I've made them at home, but even though I'm using an authentic recipe (or so it tells me), they never seem to taste quite as good.

    Also, there's really nothing like a good cream tea. Best one I've ever had was in a tea shop in the arcade at Bognor Regis: the scones were fresh out of the oven, came to the table piping hot. Oh, dear, I think I'm going to drool at the memory...


  • Steak and kidney pie and all the variants, also the many different desserts. in N America they seem to consist of cake and pie and ice cream. Thank goodness we can now get a decent cup of tea.

  • Hmm, fish and chips (depends on the chippy tho), meat pies from Battersea Pies in Covent Garden, and steak and kidney pie. Not in that order, but would never turn down!

  • If you are in Covent Garden, walk round to the Rock and Sole Plaice (geddit) in Endell Street for some decent fish and chips. Or the otherside of Tottenham Court Road, a restaurant called Gigs.

  • I go for full comfort food- beans on toast, scones with jam and cream...and of course cups of tea!

  • edited January 2021

    Has anyone mentioned Marmite ..?


  • Anything with chips.

  • Yorkshire Pudding! Serve with anything- a roast,leftover with jam, toad in the hole, put your entire meal in one. Best made with roast drippings. Been eating it most of my 72 yrs!

  • Have tried Marmite Peanut Butter yet. It is very addictive.

  • Sticky Toffee Pudding! We tried it in England, Scotland and Wales : )

  • Nothing like a good a toad-in-the-hole, a fresh batch of bubble and squeak, a sausage roll or two, a plate of yorkies, and bangers and mash with proper onion gravy. Not all at once, of course. Lastly, a proper bacon butty. Nom nom nom.

  • Crumpets.

  • Scones w/ clotted cream & strawberry jam.

  • Or bangers & mash

  • Where do I start? Old Spot Sausages on toast with brown sauce, Melton Mowbrys, Yorkies, Walkers salt and vinegar, sticky toffee pudding, proper fish and chips too!!

    Aaaaand now I'm hungry again!!

  • Cream tea. Scones, clotted cream, strawberry jam... it doesn't get any better!

    edited November 2021

    Cornish pasties, yes! Traditional (and TASTY!) British fish and chips (haven’t yet been so lucky to find the same / similar flavor here in US). Warm scones with clotted cream or butter. Earl Grey with a bit of milk (British milk. The milk here in US contributes to my dairy intolerance, not the case for me in the UK. Can have dairy there ‘til the cows come home - pun intended. Sorry if that was TMI). Shepherd’s pie. A refreshing Pimm’s. Sigh…

  • i just remember my auntie J making custard when i was little, loving it and never being able to taste anything like it since.

  • Fish and chips with mushy peas and covered in curry sauce in a newspaper. I also love Cornish pasties, Heinz tomato soup, meat paste to put on a sarnie, Fray Bentos pies, Ovaltine.

  • favorite foods are pasties and sticky toffee pudding

  • edited June 2022

    In terms of savoury I'm usually keen on a pie (as long as it's not stargazer pie) with a bowl of chips, and for sweets I think I'd go for a box of Celebrations :)

  • cornish pasties, cream tea, getting a half pint of Guinness :) in grocery stores, I love crisps - especially prawn cocktail and cheese & onion.

    and here's an odd one probably no one else will mention - marshmallows! specifically the white and pink ones found at places like Tesco's. I remember on my first trip to the UK I had bought some to go with my hot chocolate and my friend and I were amazed that the white and pink ones tasted different and that they were so soft (the British friend we were staying with thought we were nuts lol). Since then I've always bought a bag or two to bring back with me - my brother went in 2018 and when I told him to make sure he tried them, he was very kind and mailed me a bag he bought there. I didn't have the heart to tell him the Haribo ones aren't the same as the Tesco (or Waitrose or other store brand) ones, they tasted the same and were the same consistency as US marshmallows.

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