Expat Life Travel

Foods to Try in England

Happy Friday! These are the foods and snacks I would recommend NOT leaving England without trying first!

1. A Cider.  I want a cider as I type this. About 300 years ago it was known as “English champagne.”  It still is in my mind.  Thatchers, Scrumpy Jack or Westons Organic

2. Cadbury. You’ll never go back to Hershey’s. I also love Crunchies and Twirl bars.

3. Yorkshire Puddings (I can eat them like they are going out of fashion.) It’s a delicious bread for sopping other delicious things up. The closest American food would be a popover, I suppose, but I’m not 100% happy with that comparison.

Delicious Yorkshires!*

4. Any Sunday Roast Dinner. (Probably because it comes with Yorkshire puddings.) Any roasted meat, roasted potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, gravy and a vegetable. (Like turnips, carrots, peas, etc.)

5. Pimm’s Cup. Pimm’s liqueur mixed with English lemonade (in England lemonade is a lemon flavored, carbonated drink, similar to Sprite or 7-Up ) and mint, oranges, cucumber and strawberries.

6. Bubble and Squeak. The first time Sam made it for me I was like, “What the eff are you doing to my food?!” And then I ate 4 helpings. Basically you smash leftover vegetables and potatoes together and fry it lightly. It’s magnificent.

7. A curry. Enough said.

8. Sausage and Mash. aka “Bangers and mash” but no one I’ve lived with has actually called it that…

Sausage and Mash. Excellently delicious *

9. A fry up. Also known as a full English. An English breakfast that includes bacon, beans, potatoes, sausage, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms and toast or fried bread. (Sometimes black pudding which I promptly give to someone else). It’s best at “greasy spoon” type places.

And last but not least:

10. Fish and chips. Except that I don’t eat fish. So me aside, this is probably the mothership of English food for tourists and Brits alike. (Since I’ve been out of town Sam has had at least 5. I fear for his arteries!)

Traditional fare that does not sit well with me?

Pasties. (Of any variety.) It’s kind of like a homemade hotpocket but with thicker pastry. I’m just not really a meat inside a pastry girl.
Scotch Eggs. A hard-boiled egg, wrapped in sausage meat and coated in breadcrumbs and baked.
Black Pudding. It’s sausage made of congealed blood.

Those black round things? Black puddings.*

*All images in this post are from Wikipedia

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  • Like your list, but I must say I absolutely love pasties! Yum! Yorkshire puds are my absolute fave!

  • Cocalores

    Yay for Indian food and Yorkshire pudding! =) I always get a lot of Indian food whenever I am in England, there’s so much more choice then here in Germany.

    Worst thing ever has to be mushy peas and black pudding – brrrrr!

  • I really shouldn’t have read this at 10 in the morning. I’m starving now!

  • LindsaySarah

    Another must-have…cream tea! Tea with scones, clotted cream and jam. Every time I’m in London I have it and there are three or four places in Oxford that serve the best I’ve ever had. Yum! (Though I must say, I am a super huge fan of pasties, scotch eggs and black pudding. But I definitely wouldn’t recommend them lightly to any Americans visiting because they’re just foods you need to ease into.)

  • what a fun post! Thanks for sharing! P.S. thanks for linking up with Anything & Everything this week!


    xoxo Tori

  • Amy @ The Tide That Left

    You appear to have a Scottish brekkie in the bottom picture – I’m pretty certain that’s square sausage on the plate next to the black pudding (which I love, by the way – with fried egg on fried bread)

    This is a great post. I’m hungry now!

  • Emma C

    Oh, curry!
    I love your list, but you have to try Whittakers chocolate if you have any Kiwi mates – it will knock Cadbury’s out of the park (not that I’m biased :))

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  • Jess

    I love this! I’m visiting from the collective, and England has my heart, so I’m so glad I found your blog! 🙂 Hopefully I’ll get to take another trip over and try some more of these (I managed to get an English breakfast and fish & chips last time!).

  • I had 1, 3, and 4 today. Hope you are back soon so you can too! Would love to schedule a Blate sometime. 🙂

    Bonnie Rose | a Compass Rose

  • Sally

    The day before the latest royal wedding, my younger daughter and I drove to spend the night with my college-age girl (six hours away) in a hotel so we could watch the wedding together in the wee hours of the morning.

    We wore tiaras, boas, and feasted on bangers and mash that I made in a little hot water pot!

  • SweetMarie83

    I’ve always said that whenever I finally get to visit England I’ll probably gain ten pounds because there are so many foods I want to try. I love Yorkshire puddings but they’re really hard to find here (Canada), and I haven’t been brave enough to try making them myself (even though I saw how it was done once on the Food Network and it was crazy simple…still…). Also I love fish and chips, so that’s something I’ve always said I’d eat a ton of when I visit England. Great post! 🙂

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    ~Marie @ Lost and Found ~ Reflections of a Daydreamer

  • Tearsa Roberts

    Ahh cadburys: the curly wurlys for sure! Yorkshire pudding-love! Especially toad in the hole when they throw in some sausage. English roast dinners are the absolute best! I also fell in love with rice pudding and throw in some cadburys chocolate buttons. Mmm I’m missing England!!! Have you ever had christmas cracknel?