The UK has its own traditional food, such as fish and chips, meat pies, or sweet puddings, but nowadays you can eat almost anything in the UK. British people eat dishes from all around the world, and Italian, Indian and Chinese are especially popular. Nevertheless, international students often find UK food different to what they are used to. We asked our students how they feel about British food and the answers were VERY varied. Here are some of the comments we heard:
Good … Too sweet, too salty, too oily … Tasteless … Amazing … Expensive … Best breakfast … Cold … Delicious … Just OK … Boring … Needs more vegetables …What is British food?
Some international students are surprised by how many sandwiches British people eat, especially at lunch time. Brits really like them and an average Brit eats 18,304 in his/her lifetime according to this Guardian article. You’ll see a lot of the triangle-shaped sandwiches (also called ‘sarnies’) using sliced white or brown bread. If you don’t like cold sandwiches, try a panini or toasted cheese. There are many other different types – what’s your favourite?
Students recommend Bagelman on campus and Pret A Manger in town.
Have you heard about the full English breakfast (also known as a fry up)? It’s an English tradition and includes bacon, eggs, sausage, tomatoes, and toast. There might also be baked beans, and/or mushrooms. English people often vote it their favourite breakfast, but they don’t eat it every day. Many people just eat cereal or toast, or even skip breakfast.
Here are some easy breakfast ideas from the Food Network.
More about British food
Here are some more popular British foods. Some of the names can be confusing at first.
- Sunday roast: roast meat (beef, pork, chicken, lamb) with potatoes and vegetables, often eaten for Sunday lunch.
- Bangers and mash: sausages with mashed potatoes.
- Sausage roll: puff pastry wrapped around sausage meat, eaten hot or cold. Greggs sells 145 million sausage rolls per year.
- Cornish pasty: a baked pastry filled with chunks of meat, potato and gravy.
- Cottage pie: minced beef and gravy topped with mashed potatoes (or shepherd’s pie if it’s minced lamb).
- Jacket potatoes: roasted potatoes in their skin, usually with a filling such as baked beans or chilli.
Please suggest more in the comments below.