9 classic dishes to try in the UK
Updated: Mar 8
Are you looking for list of classic dishes to try in the UK? Look no further because I have right here for you 9 traditional dishes in the UK that any visitors would need to try. A UK food tour won't be complete if you miss any of these delicious dishes.
Sunday roast: This is a traditional British meal that is typically served on a Sunday (hence the name). The dish consists of a roasted meat (typically beef, pork, chicken or lamb), roasted or mass potatoes, roasted vegetables (such as parsnip, cauliflowers, peas, broccoli, carrots, brussel sprouts etc). The dish is often accompanied with Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, gravy and mint sauce (if the roasted meat is lamb). Sunday Roast is one of most popular dishes in the British culture and served on Sunday in most British pubs and restaurants. My favourite roasted meat is beef, medium rare. I absolutely love it when the meat is pink in the inside, juicy and tender. It is hard to get it right so more often than not I ended up with a bit disappointment when I ordered roast beef. But when it's done right, it's amazing. I also love the crackling that comes with roasted pork. So crunchy and crispy.
Full English breakfast: this is a full cooked breakfast meal in the UK that comprises of bacon, sausages, eggs (scrambled, poached, omelette or fried) black pudding, baked beans, tomatoes and mushrooms, toast and a beverage such as coffee or tea. Yep, it's a lot, I know. I don't think I was ever able to finish the whole full breakfast and I personally don't like black pudding (it's essentially a blood sausage, NOT a dessert in case you wonder). On a normal working day, British people don't usually go for a full version of English breakfast, because it takes a lot of time to make and it's such a big meal to eat. They usually go for something quicker and lighter like bacons and eggs with toast, cereal, etc. For some reasons, most hotels in the world serve English breakfast or a variation of it. It's definitely worth a try.
Haggis: this dish is a Scottish signature dish that you will only find in Scotland. It contains sheep's heart, liver, and lungs, minced with onion, oatmeal and spices. Traditionally it is encased in the animal's stomach. I believe these days people use an artificial casing instead. Not everyone would be willing to try it because the idea of eating the inside of an animal terrifies them. I have no problem with it as where I'm from, it's normal to eat animals' organs. And I absolutely love Haggis. It's definitely my number one dish to eat the next time I visit Scotland.
Beef Wellington: it is made out of fillet steak, wrapped in puff pastry, then baked. It's not easy to make. You need to get the temperature and the time right if you want the inside to be pink, tender and warm. No surprise that it's famous in English cuisine as it's soooo delicious.
Fish and Chips: It's fried fish in batter served with chips. People often have it with salt and vinegar or some other sauces for the chips like ketchup. Fish and Chips is a very popular takeaway dish and often served in stadiums. People also tend to go for Fish and Chips on friday.
Shepherd's pie: also known as cottage pie, this classic dish originated from England and is essentially casserole with ground red meat, vegetables such as carrots, corn, and peas, topped with either crust or mashed potato. The term ‘shepherd’s pie’ is commonly used when the meat is lamb whereas cottage pie is used when the meat is beef.
Steak pie: this is also a very traditional British dish that is made from slow cooked beef stew and gravy, enclosed in a pastry shell. The filling sometimes has mixed vegetables. A well known variation of this is steak and ale pie, which as the name suggests, has ale in it. I don’t enjoy eating the pastry shell very much but I love digging in the stew inside! You can find steak pies in most British pubs so don't give this dish a miss if you are in Britain.
Bangers and mash: A favourite British dish by many, it consists of sausages and mashed potatoes, served with gravy. It sounds so simple but it's really good if you like sausages. One thing you should know is that there are a variety of flavoured sausages made of pork, beef and lamb in the UK. It may take you a while to find out your favourite.
Cream tea: A cream tea is a light afternoon tea meal which consists of tea taken with scones, clotted cream and jam. This traditional specialty comes from Devon and Cornwall, South of England. It is so simple yet tastes so good. I don't think I've ever turned down an opportunity to have cream tea. I once had it for breakfast as I craved for it so much. Don't judge me.