• British 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 foods eaten in Britain
include the sandwich, fish and chips, pies like the
cornice pasty, trifle and roasts dinners. Some of
our main dishes have strange names like Bubble
& Squeak and Toad-in-the-Hole.
• The staple foods of Britain are meat, fish,
potatoes, flour, butter and eggs. Many of our
dishes are based on these foods.
• Breakfast - between 7:00 and 9:00,
• Lunch - between 12:00 and 1:30 p.m.
• Dinner (sometimes called Supper) - The main
meal. Eaten anytime between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m.
• Tea - anywhere from 5:30 at night to 6:30 p.m.
What is typical English food?
Roast Beef Yorkshire Pudding Toad-in-the-Hole
Roast Meats Fish and Chips Ploughman's Lunch
Cottage Pie Shepherd's Pie Gammon Steak with egg
Lancashire Hotpot Bubble and Squeak English Breakfast
Bangers and Mash Black Pudding Bacon Roly-Poly
Cumberland Sausage Pie and Mash with parsley liquor
Yorkshire pudding, made from flour, eggs and milk, is a sort of batter
baked in the oven and usually moistened with gravy.
The traditional way to eat a Yorkshire pudding is to have a large, flat
one filled with gravy and vegetables as a starter of the meal. Then
when the meal is over, any unused puddings should be served with
jam or ice-cream as a dessert.
Toad-in-the-Hole (sausages covered in batter and roasted.)
Similar to Yorkshire Pudding but with sausages placed in the batter before
Roast Meats ( cooked in the oven for about two
Typical meats for roasting are joints of beef, pork,
lamb or a whole chicken. More rarely duck,
goose, gammon, turkey or game are eaten.
Fish and chips
Fish (cod, haddock, plaice) deep fried in flour batter with chips (fried potatoes) dressed in
malt vinegar. This is England's traditional take-away food or as US would say "to go". Fish
and chips are not normally home cooked but bought at a fish and chip shop ("chippie" ) to
eat on premises or as a "take away"
Cottage Pie Made with minced beef and vegetables topped with
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Eggs, bacon, sausages, fried bread,
mushrooms, baked beans
A Full English Breakfast
Pie and Mash with parsley liquor
The traditional pie and mash doesn't come without its famous sauce known
as liquor which is a curious shade of green and definitely non-alcoholic. The
liquor tastes much nicer than it looks (it's bright green!).
Jellied eels are also an East End delicacy often sold with pie and mash
Bangers and Mash (mashed potatoes and sausages).
Cornish Pastie with chips, baked
beans and salad
Bangers are sausages in England. (The reason sausages were
nicknamed bangers is that during wartime rationing they were
so filled with water they often exploded when they were
Favourite Children Meals
Three favourite meals with children are fish fingers and chips, pizza and baked
beans on toast.
Puddings / Desserts
What food do you eat for pudding?(desserts)
What cakes and biscuits do you eat?
What do you drink in the UK? (Tea)
Traditional Drinks in Britain
Learn about Christmas in England from the children who live in Britain
Christmas traditions why do what we do at chrsitmas time
Britain is a tea-drinking nation. Every day we drink 165 million cups of
the stuff and each year around 144 thousand tons of tea are imported. Tea in
Britain is traditionally brewed in a warmed china teapot, adding one spoonful of
tea per person and one for the pot. Most Britons like their tea strong and dark, but
with a lot of milk.
Tea Words and phrases
Tea break, High tea, tea time, tea party, tea towel and many more terms have derived
from the tradition of drinking tea.
Tea breaks are when tea and biscuits are served. The traditional time for
tea breaks are at 11:00 am (Eleven see) and 4 pm in the afternoon.
If something is not quite to your taste, it’s probably 'not your cup of tea'.
e.g. Windsurfing is not my cup of tea.
Coffee is now as popular in Britain as tea is. People either drink it with
milk or have it black and either have freshly- made coffee or instant
Britain is also well known for its ale which tends to
be dark in appearance and heavier than lager. It is
known as "bitter"
Britain's wine industry is growing from strength to strength and we
now have over 300 wine producers. A growing number of British
vineyards are now producing sparkling white wine as well as full
bodied red wine. There are over 100 vineyard in Kent.
In Lancashire the tradition was to accompany the simnel cake with ale which was heated by
having a red-hot poker plunged into it.
Foods and Festivals
Hot cross buns
Lamb is considered to be the traditional
meat for Easter due to its religious
connections. Many different religions
throughout the ages have ritually sacrificed
lambs in honour of their respective gods.
Chicken has long been a modern favourite for
Easter Sunday dinner mainly due to the baby
(spring) chicken being associated with birth
and new life. Chicken is also less expensive
than lamb these days, which helps to explain
Maids of Honour cakes (recipe)
Small round puff pastry cheesecakes sometimes
flavoured with almonds and rose water.
Special bread, made to look like
sheaves of wheat.
All Souls Day
A traditional sticky cake containing a mix of
oatmeal, ginger, treacle and syrup.
Jacket potatoes etc. cooked in foil in
Turkey, vegetables, stuffing, bread sauce, cranberry sauce and gravy.