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    The 30 BEST British Recipes

    Whether you’re looking for some classics you grew up on, or are exploring British cuisine for the first time, you’ve come to the right place.

    This collection of traditional British Recipes includes thirty great dishes, from breakfast to supper, and of course some pub favorites and teatime treats.

    Cook your way through all of these great recipes, you’re sure to find some new family favorites!

    The 30 BEST British Recipes.

    The Best British Recipes:

    1. Toad in the Hole

    Lets start this British recipes with a fun one.. As if Yorkshire pudding wasn’t amazing enough, this uniquely named dish ramps up the flavor by adding in whole sausages. Serve with gravy for an amazing complete meal.

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    2. Lancashire Hotpot

    Lancashire Hotpot is a very traditional dish from Lancashire in northwest England.

    Meat and veggies in a savory broth are topped with sliced potatoes, then baked. It’s part stew, part casserole, and total comfort food.

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    3. Bubble and Squeak

    Bubble and Squeak is a classic and quintessential British dish that has its origins in 18th century England. It is a brilliant example of culinary ingenuity, transforming leftovers into a delightful and satisfying meal.

    Traditionally made with the remnants of a Sunday Roast dinner or Christmas dinner, specifically roasted potatoes and a mix of vegetables like peas, carrots, and cabbage, this dish is pan-fried until the ingredients combine into a crispy, golden delight.

    Get the Recipe: Bubble and Squeak

    4. Welsh Rarebit

    This British classic will be a staple in your kitchen. Breakfast? Snack? Dinner? You are all set if you have this pile of cheesy sauce over toast.

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    5. Bangers and Mash

    One of the most most iconic dishes on this list of British Recipes is the very famous Bangers and Mash. Simply meaning sausages with mashed potatoes and gravy, it’s the ultimate British comfort food.

    Get the Recipe @ recipetineats

    6. Fish and Chips

    Fish and Chips! This crispy combination of beer battered cod with chips is a favorite in British pubs and the world over.

    Serve it with tartar sauce, lemon and, to keep that British authenticity, malt vinegar.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecitic

    7. Shepherds Pie

    You’re going to love this cozy shepherd’s pie. Tender lamb or beef and veggies in a hearty gravy, then all is topped off with mashed potatoes. Great comfort food!

    Get the Recipe @ natashaskitchen

    8. Chicken Tikka Masala

    These aromatic chicken chunks in creamy tomatoeey sauce might remind you a little bit of butter chicken, but there are subtle differences.

    I absolutely love the recipe below and it will show how easy it is to recreate one of the very iconic dishes in your kitchen.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    9. Full English Breakfast

    The Full English Breakfast is the best way to start your day, with eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, toast and veggies.

    Bring a big appetite, this is how you do breakfast, British style.

    Get the Recipe @ culinaryginger

    10. Yorkshire Pudding

    Yorkshire Pudding is a classic British side dish, and one of the most delicious things you will ever taste.

    Only requiring 5 basic ingredients, it’s the perfect side for roast beef or lamb.

    Get the Recipe @ bakeitwithlove

    11. Cornish Pasties

    Cornish Pasties are flaky pastry pockets filled with beef and vegetables. A similar idea to empanadas or samosas, they make for a great handheld snack.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    12. Cawl

    This traditional Welsh lamb Cawl is a simple stew made from lamb shoulder and root vegetables. It’s a great cold weather food, and we love it with some crusty bread.

    Get the Recipe @ krumpli

    13. Scones

    Scones are the perfect snack to munch on during tea time. This recipe shows you how to bake them perfectly in your own home.

    It’s also a great basic recipe that allows you to add in your favorite inclusions.

    Get the Recipe @ sallysbakingaddiction

    14. Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce

    This Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce is a real crowd pleaser. It’s a great dish to serve for holidays like Easter, Christmas or New Year.

    This leg of lamb is coated in a garlic rosemary lemon crust, then roasted to perfection.

    Get the Recipe @ vikalinka

    15. Mushy Peas

    Mushy Peas are a popular British side. Peas are simply cooked, then mashed and seasoned. You can’t get much simpler than that!

    Get the Recipe @ curiouscuisiniere

    16. Beef Wellington

    Beef Wellington is a decadent meal made to impress! Beef tenderloin is covered in finely chopped mushrooms and wrapped in a flaky puff pastry, then roasted.

    This is a great centerpiece for a holiday or special occasion.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    17. Beans on Toast

    Beans on Toast is a super simple dish, that can be a breakfast, lunch or snack. It requires exactly two ingredients: toasts and Heinz baked beans.

    Get the Recipe @ yummymummykitchen

    18. Banoffee Pie

    Here is one of England’s most beloved desserts… Banoffee Pie. Gooey caramel, sliced banana and homemade whipped cream make for a delicious combination!

    Get the Recipe @ sallysbakingaddiction

    19. Ploughman’s Lunch

    The Ploughman’s Lunch is a pub favorite all over Britain. It’s a spread of cold meats, cheeses, bread and pickle. Make sure to serve it with cellar temperature beer.

    Get the Recipe @ culinaryginger

    20. Cauliflower Cheese

    Cauliflower Cheese is a decadent dish of roasted cauliflower in a creamy, cheesy sauce, then baked. Think mac and cheese, but with cauliflower in place of the pasta.

    Get the Recipe @ recipetineats

    21. Singing Hinnies

    Hailing from the North East, Singing Hinnies are griddle cakes with a texture similar to scones.

    They’re great with afternoon tea, topped with a dab of butter.

    Get the Recipe @ littlesunnykitchen

    22. Steak and Ale Pie

    This steak and ale pie is creative, tasty, and melts in your mouth. It’s inspired by the best British pubs, and it’s sure to impress, regardless of whether you’re in the UK, the US, or somewhere else in the world.

    Get the Recipe @ properfoodie

    23. Homemade Worcestershire Sauce

    Worcestershire sauce is one of the best flavor enhancers or of Britain. As with most things, homemade is so much better. You can refrigerate it for up to a month.

    Get the Recipe @ thekitchn

    24. Liver and Onions

    Liver and Onions is a very popular dish in the UK. Beef liver is sautéed in olive oil and served with plenty of onions.

    Serve this dish alone, or with mashed potatoes.

    Get the Recipe @ healthyrecipesblogs

    25. Spotted Dick

    The name might sound funny, but spotted dick is one of the most popular desserts in Britain.

    It’s an English steamed pudding with plenty of dried currants (which make it “spotted”).

    Get the Recipe @ daringgourmet

    26. Hot Cross Buns

    Hot Cross Buns are sweet spiced buns that are studded with dried fruits. A cross is marked on the top of the bun, hence the name. They are a popular treat during Easter season.

    Get the Recipe @ recipetineats

    27. Potted Shrimps

    Potted Shrimps are a fantastic seafood dish. The cooked shrimp are soaked in butter, then left in the fridge overnight to marinate. Served over crusty bread, they’re a great lunch or appetizer.

    Get the Recipe @ bbcgoodfood

    28. Deviled Kidneys

    Deviled Kidneys are a traditional British breakfast recipe. This kidney is cooked in various sauces and spices, then served with buttered toast.

    Get the Recipe @ honestfood

    29. Clotted Cream

    Clotted Cream is the best spread for your scones, and goes great on a variety of other bread products as well.

    You don’t have to go to England to enjoy your tea time treat though, because clotted cream is easy to make at home. It’s easy to make, and requires exactly one ingredient!

    Get the Recipe @ theviewfromgreatisland

    30. Gypsy Tart

    Wrapping up our list of British Recipes, this Gypsy Tart is a sweet treat from Kent made from evaporated milk and muscovado sugar. It’s so easy, anyone can make it!

    Get the Recipe @ olivemagazine

    We hope you enjoy these classic British Recipes as much as we do. There’s just so many tasty dishes to choose from!

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    The 30 BEST British Foods

    This collection of easy to make British Foods includes hearty dinners and teatime treats. For a quick lunch or light dinner, try this Welsh Rarebit:


    • 8oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
    • 2 Tbsp Butter
    • 2 Tbsp Flour
    • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
    • 1 tsp Mustard powder
    • 1/2 cup Beer
    • 1/2 cup Milk
    • 1/2 tsp Paprika
    • 1/2 tsp Salt
    • 1/2 tsp Pepper
    • 4 slices of bread


      1. Over medium heat, melt butter in a sauce pan.
      2. Slowly stir in flour to create a smooth roux. Stir in paprika, salt, pepper, mustard powder.
      3. Slowly stir in milk followed by beer.
      4. Once you have smooth consistency, add in cheese and Worcestershire sauce.
      5. Toast bread and serve covered in cheese sauce.

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