7 traditional British dishes you need to try (2023)

Are you looking to try some local cuisine whilst you are studying English in the UK? After all, you need brain food to fuel your learning and you want to experience everything the British culture has to offer, so check out these 7 most loved British meals and what ingredients are in each dish.

Warning: These delicious 7 traditional British dishes will make you very hungry.

1. Fish and Chips

This dish is a must try whilst you are in the UK, no matter where you are, you’ll be able to find a delicious plate of fish and chips. The very best place to eat fish and chips is in the open air, by the sea (just watch out for the seagulls), so if you are studying English at our Eastbourne school make sure you buy some and take them to the beach.

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2. Bangers and Mash

Also known as sausages and mash, this traditional dish consists of sausages and mashed potato, and is often accompanied with peas and gravy. This dish can usually be found on a menu in most pubs across the country, or can be made very easily at home.

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3. Full English Breakfast

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is why if you are doing something physically or mentally demanding, such as the IELTs exam, you need to have a full English breakfast! This breakfast usually includes: bacon, sausages, eggs, baked beans, toast, mushrooms, tomatoes, hash browns and black puddings.

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4. Sunday Roast

The Brits love their Sunday Roast dinners. This dish is made up of: roasted meat (beef, chicken, lamb or pork), roast potato, Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables (usually a selection of: roast parsnips, Brussels sprouts, peas, carrots, beans, broccoli and cauliflower, not necessarily all) and gravy.

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5. Toad in the Hole

This hearty dish is another easy recipe you can make at home; it includes sausages in Yorkshire pudding batter and is often served with gravy and vegetables. Yes, you’ve probably guessed British people love Yorkshire puddings.

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6. Shepherd’s Pie/Cottage Pie

These are two dishes are very similar; the only difference is the choice of meat used in the dish; in shepherd’s pie you use lamb whilst in cottage pie you use beef. And to confuse you even more, neither of these dishes are pies in the usual sense with pastry. Shepherd’s pie and cottage pie consists of: mince (lamb or beef), vegetables (such as; carrots, tomatoes, and onions), and potatoes which are on top of the meaty pie like filling.

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7. Steak and Kidney Pie

This much loved British pie is definitely a dish you must try whilst you are in the UK. The ingredients include: beef, kidney, fried onion and gravy all wrapped up in pastry, so what’s not to love?

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