The United Kingdom has become a multicultural society with loads of different foods being introduced by different nationalities. Walking down the high street of any suburb you will encounter a variety of restaurants including Indian, Asian, Caribbean and loads more. There are however, a number of quintessential British Foods that you will hear about and enjoy during your travels.  Here are my top 5 quintessential British foods that I believe everyone should try.

Full English Breakfast


This is my favourite of all the British foods. There is nothing like a good hearty Full English Breakfast to start the day with. Traditionally it is a mighty meal consisting of sausages, bacon, eggs and toast but many add baked beans, tomato, mushrooms and sometimes black pudding (which is a sausage made from pigs blood and leftover pig bits). A Full English Breakfast can also be known as a ‘fry up’ because the quickest way to make this meal is to fry everything.

Roast dinner with Yorkshire Pudding


Having a Sunday roast is a true British classic. Traditionally this meal is eaten any time from 12noon to 5pm on a Sunday but some people, such as myself, enjoy them on other days also. I also like washing them down with a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc or a cold pint. The meal consists of sliced beef (I often do a roast lamb leg) served with vegetables, roasted potatoes and of course Yorkshire Pudding. All of this is covered in gravy. Nowadays you can have your roast with roast turkey, pork, chicken or lamb, yum.

Fish and chips


Fish and Chips are known the world over. Preferably eaten by the seaside but if not, London has some wonderful fish and chipperies. Pop in and experience traditional fish and chips with lots of salt. Or perhaps having them with mushy peas and garnished with salt and vinegar is more to your liking. May be just a piece of lemon would be nice.

Bacon Butty


A bacon butty is another name for a bacon sandwich. So simple to make yourself. Just fry as much bacon as you like. Then put it between two pieces of fresh bread – yum. Some add a smothering of tomato sauce (ketchup).

Afternoon tea (High tea)


The ultimate British tradition, an afternoon tea or high tea is a fabulous way to while away the afternoon and enjoy true British delicacies with friends. Traditionally it comprises of finger sandwiches with the crusts cut off and with a variety of fillings such as cucumber, cheese and pickle and tuna and mayo to name a few. Scones with jam and fresh cream are also on the menu along with pastries and small cakes that you can wash down with a great cup of tea, and sometimes with a glass of champaign.

  • About the Author

    Sharyn McCullum has travelled most of her life thanks to her dad who worked at Sydney Airport. In her 20’s she left Australia on her own and spent 4 years on a working holiday in London and the UK. This inspired her guide LiveWork&Play in London & the UK. She regularly visits London to ensure her guide is relevant and current. She also maintains a number of websites/blogs including She currently calls Melbourne home.


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