Traditional food in Great Britain

Traditional food in Great Britain



English food has traditionally been based on beef, lamb, pork, chicken and fish and generally served with potatoes and one other vegetable.

The most common and typical food eaten in England include sandwiches, fish and chips, pies, trifle and roast dinners.



What food was "invented" or discovered in England ?

1762: The sandwich was invented in England.

We have a town named Sandwich in the south of England.

John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich invented a small meal that could be eaten with one hand while he continued his non-stop gambling.



1902: Marmite was invented in England.

Marmite is dark brown-colored savory spread made from the yeast that
 is a by-product of the brewing industry.
It has a very strong, slightly salty flavor.
It is definitely a love-it-or-hate-it type of food.


End of the 19th century, HP Sauce was invented
in England by Mr FG Garton, a Nottingham grocer.

The HP stood for Houses of Parliament,
as it was rumoured that the sauce had been seen gracing the tables
of one of the dining rooms there.



Pies are very popular in England.

Pies are a baked dish consisting of a filling such as chopped meat or fruit enclosed in or covered with pastry ( a mixture of flour and butter).

Favourite meat (savoury) pies include: beef, kidneys, onions, mushrooms and beef stock or pork. This mixture is placed in a pie or casserole dish, covered with a pastry crust and baked until crisp and brown.

Favourite fruit (sweet) pies include: apple , rhubarb, blackberry




Trifle is an English dessert  dish made from custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or, more recently, gelatin dessert  and whipped cream, usually arranged in layers with fruit and sponge on the bottom, custard and cream on top.




English people have a great love for cheese and over 400 varieties of cheese are produced in England. They all have have unique flavours and textures.

The most common are the harder varieties such as Cheddar, Stilton, Red Leicester, Cheshire and Double Gloucester.



Take away food  
( eat out food)

Take away meals are very popular in England and most  towns have a selection of Indians, Greeks, Italian and Chinese restaurants.

Fish and chips is the classic English  take-away food and is the traditional national food of England.

It became popular in the 1860s when railways began to bring fresh fish straight from the East coast.

The fish ( haddock, cod, huss, plaice ) is deep fried in flour batter and is eaten with chips.

Traditionally,  fish and chips are sprinkled  with salt and using your fingers, eaten straight out  of the newspaper which they were wrapped in.

Nowadays, small wooden forks are provided and the fish and chips are wrapped in more hygienic paper.


Typical breakfast in  England

It consists of eggs, bacon, sausages, fried bread and mushrooms.

Even though not many people will eat  this for breakfast today, it is always served in hotels and guest houses around Britain.


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