British Foods

Name these traditional British dishes!
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Clue
Food
What you can buy at a chippy
Fish & Chips
Low quality sausage that might bang when fried
Banger
Salted fish served at breakfast or teatime
Kippers
Scottish sheep guts and oats encased in stomach
Haggis
Pastry filled with beef, potato, turnip and onion
Pasty
Puffy batter traditionally baked in a pan with roast beef
Yorkshire Pudding
Minced lamb with a mashed potato crust
Shepherd's Pie
Like the above, but with beef instead of lamb
Cottage Pie
Steak cooked inside a puff pastry
Beef Wellington
Cheese sauce served hot over toast
Welsh Rarebit
Eels that are boiled and then allowed to congeal
Jellied Eels
Dessert with layers of custard, fruit, sponge cake, gelatin and whipped cream
Trifle
Peas soaked overnight; sometimes flavored with mint
Mushy Peas
Last night's leftover vegetables, fried
Bubble & Squeak
Boiled oats; once a common prison food
Porridge
Pudding with dried fruit
Spotted Dick
Sugar syrup used to sweeten tarts
Treacle
Pork blood sausage
Black Pudding
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Level ∞
Apr 11, 2014
Updated and greatly improved! Note: I actually like most of these.
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Level 27
Apr 13, 2014
Wow this reminds me how much I hate british food
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Level 71
Apr 24, 2014
Ever actually tried it?
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Level 80
Apr 26, 2014
Have tried it. Hate it. The stereotypes are true; probably the worst cuisine on Earth. It at the very least gives Filipino, Ethiopian, and Keralite food a run for their money.
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Level 20
Oct 22, 2014
I'm british myself and I don't like british foods myself, except fish and chips!
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Level 80
Feb 1, 2015
I guess I don't know what to get or where to get it then. Have been to London many times and had some good food there but most of it wasn't what I would call British food. Usually some other international cuisine.
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Level 82
Jul 24, 2015
How about Kalbaha-mute for a change? Through some worldly knowledge which you do not hesitate to share on a regular basis you have clearly picked up some respect and some smaller minded fans along the way. But sometimes you let yourself down with extremely ignorant subjective statements.. This being the worst I have seen so far. I would make a bet that you probably ate breakfast at a Little Chef on route from Gatwick to London. And then lunch at the Premier Inn hotel you stayed at. And then dinner at an Angus Steakhouse. If so then your opinion is justified. The fact is that home cooked british food is amazing, recipes in family households have been used for decades from north to the south with the freshest of ingredients from local sources. Restaurants have to buy cheap ingredients to make their margins because of OTT leases, greedy landlords and multiple other monetary reasons. Tourist traps in London and every other major city always sell people short on the food they make..
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Level 70
Jan 27, 2016
I'm afraid Kalbahamut is one mixed up character, I'm not surprised that any food is too much for him as he's so full of himself already.
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Level 24
Mar 12, 2016
quite a few billion people tend to like our food so don't call it the worst cuisine on earth. also don't complain about taste just be happy your getting food to eat.
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Level 73
May 26, 2018
Hilarious when a Yank criticises others' food. Has the phrase "American Cuisine" ever actually been used?
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Level 75
Nov 29, 2018
Got to agree with Gandalf here - Ethiopian / Eritrean food is great
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Level 59
Feb 14, 2019
I've been to the US now. The best food I had there was British.
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Level 23
Mar 30, 2020
Have you ever tried a proper Cornish pasty? They are the godliest of foods.

Black pudding is also delicious.

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Level 64
Sep 9, 2020
Of those I have read, this is your crassest and most ignorant comment so far, and let's face it, it has some pretty stiff competition. You just make it up as you go along.
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Level 39
Aug 5, 2018
...worst descriptions of british food i've ever heard...cheese sauce served hot over toast?...wtf!...boiled oats once served in prisons?...ho hum, never mind...it's only food...
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Level 71
Apr 23, 2014
Just the description of most of those kind of turn my stomach :-/
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Level 77
Aug 27, 2015
Just don't think about what exactly it is you're eating; the most horrid-sounding of them (eg haggis and black pudding) are often the best.
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Level 70
Aug 24, 2018
Black pudding sliced and fried with Bacon & Eggs & Toast ....... yummy!
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Level 80
Apr 23, 2014
Gross.
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Level 51
Apr 23, 2014
Unfortunately, this quiz perpetuates the myth that British food is rubbish which certainly is not the case. I'm vegetarian so don't eat most of these things but I enjoy a very nice vegetarian haggis made with lentils!
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Level 39
Aug 5, 2018
...i'm a vegan and i eat better food than most omnivores and nothing gets tortured and murdered to provide it...
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Level 74
Oct 26, 2018
And I'm a fruitarian and only eat things when nature drops them corpses. Not butchering any feeling plants that even tie their roots with family, as proven by science. I'm so much better than any one of you! *tear and funny clumsy run away* ;)
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Level 72
Jan 4, 2019
What about the insects that you cruelly kill in your vegie patch? or is it only "cute and cuddly" animals that matter
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Level 45
Apr 23, 2014
American = this foods crap, lets have another burger... again
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Level 34
Apr 23, 2014
^^ Brilliant
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Level 66
Apr 23, 2014
do you want fries with that?
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Level 39
Aug 5, 2018
...and a gallon of sugared soda pop...
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Level 54
Apr 24, 2014
It's like American food..........only much smaller portions. #supersizeyanks
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Level 85
Apr 25, 2014
I disagree. American = Italian, Mexican, British, French, Chinese, seafood, steak, salads, and fried everything... all in the same restaurant. American food is a jack of all trades, master of none.
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Level 50
Jun 20, 2014
It's a Jack Sparrow of all trades!
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Level 69
Dec 17, 2017
Does that even make sense?
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Level 67
Aug 12, 2019
so... it has no cuisine of their own? The Uk was just bashed because the only good food there wasnt british, but the US is great because Nothing is american?
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Level 80
Apr 26, 2014
American food is great if you actually know what you are talking about and aren't just referring to McDonald's. McDonald's, while terrible, is still better than most British food.
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Level 65
Oct 25, 2014
At least we can use real meat, bread and fresh vegetables, even if it ends up looking like a mess.
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Level 80
Feb 1, 2015
Were you under the impression that McDonald's used artificial meat?
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Level 24
Mar 12, 2016
if you've had british food from a good british restaurant then your will know that american food is fatty and basically horrible compared to our food
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Level 50
Jun 2, 2018
At least we don't have chlorinated chicken and at least our food labeling actually has to say what's in the food.
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Level 39
Aug 5, 2018
...kalbahamut you are a sad little commentator, bet you have no clue about the cuisine of the british isles...
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Level 80
Apr 26, 2014
and your statement doesn't demonstrate the limitations of American food so much as the limitations of your knowledge of it. If hamburgers are really the only thing you can think of when trying to come up with examples of American cuisine then, this is like someone saying "I hate all of the art in The Louvre, let's look at the Mona Lisa... again." It shows profound ignorance.
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Level 26
Jun 10, 2014
I agree with dunkinggandalf, talk about being hypocritical.
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Level 80
Feb 1, 2015
There's nothing vaguely hypocritical about my posts. Between American and British cuisine there's not really any contest. Those being critical of British food here don't seem to be speaking from a position of ignorance while those who don't know anything about American food other than hamburgers, needless to say, are.
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Level 44
Nov 30, 2016
not sure what American food you like so much besides from fast food and food from other countries
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Level 79
Feb 2, 2017
The US covers a lot of territory and each region has its own cuisine. The northeast is known for lobsters, clam chowder, yankee red flannel hash; the south has fried chicken, blackeyed peas, grits, pork barbecue; the southwest has beef barbecue, Tex-Mex, Sonorran; Alaska is known for king crab and salmon, etc. Locals know where to go for the best meals, but there are bad restaurants here as everywhere and visitors gamble on the quality when eating away from home. With fast food one can pick up something while traveling and know it will pretty much taste the same, nationwide, even though it may not be great.
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Level 50
Jun 2, 2018
Well, why don't you actually try some proper British food (and also bear in mind that much of the food eaten in America has its roots in British food)
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Level 39
Aug 5, 2018
...give us a list of 'american cuisine'...
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Level 59
Oct 23, 2018
@kalbahamut, if you cannot see why your posts are at least vaguely hypocritical I suggest you consider this: on the one hand you say "your statement doesn't demonstrate the limitations of American food", suggesting that people who don't like American food have a narrow view of what American food is. But then of British food you say "the stereotypes are true; probably the worst cuisine on Earth". You go on to say that "most of it [the food in London] wasn't what I would call British food". You have hit the nail on the head. Just because a food didn't originate in Britain (to the best of your knowledge) it is discounted from Britishness, while any food that is associated with America (including pizza from some of your other comments, somewhat oddly) is counted as part of American cuisine. It is a double standard. Chicken tikka masala was even invented in Britain, and presumably doesn't fit your definition of "British".
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Level 59
Oct 23, 2018
Also fish and chips are considered British even though battered fish was brought over by Jewish immigrants from Spain and Portugal. 150 years ago it would have been considered Spanish or Jewish food, and it hasn't changed at all.
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Level 66
Apr 23, 2014
The only reason I knew kippers was from Fawlty Towers. God bless Basil Fawlty, who puts the "hostile" in "hostelry".
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Level 47
Apr 25, 2014
These should've been eaten by the 6th! Do you know when the 6th was?
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Level 62
Apr 23, 2014
Man, I did awful. I only got 5 right! I do have to say, though, I've eaten haggis in Scotland, and it was delicious. :)

Also, the only reason I got "trifle" was from that episode of "Friends" where Rachel tries to make a trifle and messes it all up.

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Level 85
Apr 25, 2014
Ditto on the trifle. Custard, good. Jam, good. Beef, good.
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Level 24
Mar 12, 2016
you are one of the best kinds of people
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Level 39
Aug 5, 2018
...beef trifle, interesting concept...
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Level 52
Apr 23, 2014
It would be spiteful to put jellyfish in a trifle

Thanks Karl Pilkington aka Little Round Headed Twonk

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Level 22
Apr 23, 2014
Most British people will have never tried some of these, the others were cheap war time meals. What a loads of...
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Level 58
Apr 24, 2014
I'd rather eat some of these than American food. I'm Australian and lets just say when we go to the States it is NOT for the food!
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Level 79
Apr 25, 2014
You don't come to the USA for the food. You come for the FREEDOM!!!!

And the barbecue.

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Level 50
May 27, 2019
The USA may like to claim it is the world's free-est country, but on the Global Freedom Index, it is 17. This is, of course, still high, but you're not at the top, even though you may like to believe you are.
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Level 67
Aug 12, 2019
I think barbeque is the worst example you could have given in this argument ;) Cause barbeque=australia. Maybe hotdog would be better america is famous for hotdog
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Level 80
Apr 26, 2014
Then you're eating at the wrong places. Or you're visiting the wrong states. You can get anything you want in the US, and usually among the best versions of it. London is the same way; you're not limited to local food. Tons of great food there. But in the US you've got local and international cuisine that are both first rate. One of the main reasons I like going to the States is the excellent food.
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Level 50
Jun 20, 2014
Well. I don't have to pay extra. I LIVE HERE!

HAHAHAHAHA!

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Level 50
Jun 2, 2018
And at least our labeling says what is in the food, rather than in the States where manufacturers can hide dangerous ingredients in food.
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Level 64
Sep 9, 2020
Mmmm chlorinated chicken. Yes please Mr Trump. Please sir, can I have some more?
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Level 34
Apr 24, 2014
All of these foods, if cooked properly and with quality ingredients are delicious, British grub gets a bad press, usually from people who have never tried it. (The best dinner I have ever had is a Sunday roast, with pork.)
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Level 34
Apr 25, 2014
Another good one! Should accept "Bubble and squeak" without the ampersand.
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Level 57
Apr 26, 2014
How can scones not be on this?
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Level 75
Apr 28, 2014
Good stuff. Might want to add potted hare.
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Level 39
Aug 5, 2018
...then again might not!...and it's jugged hare...
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Level 45
Apr 30, 2014
100% and now I'm hungry!!
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Level 60
Aug 14, 2014
kippers are smoked fish, not salted, and are delicious.
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Level 74
Jun 25, 2015
I agree. Kippers can be salted, but not always. The distinguishing feature of the kipper is that it is always smoked.
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Level 74
Aug 22, 2014
Golden syrup is also used to sweeten tarts.
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Level 39
Aug 5, 2018
...why would you use treacle or syrup to sweeten tarts...
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Level 43
Aug 26, 2014
A country without pasty's and Yorkshire puddings, is a country I wouldn't want to live in.
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Level 59
Nov 16, 2014
I'm a Brit, and I have to say you describe most of these in a very unappetising way! True, some are less than healthy, but I'd still rather have roast beef and Yorkshire pudding than a burger or a hotdog! And what are grits, for heaven's sake!! No offense....
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Level 79
Jan 27, 2016
Grits are very similar to polenta or corn meal mush. Hominy grits are fantastic made with cheese, butter, and bacon bits.
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Level 48
Feb 11, 2015
Two of of these clues are WAY too ambiguous -

What you buy at a chippy - sausage, hamburger, white pudding, black pudding, haggis, chicken, chips, deep fried Mars Bars, etc etc

Pudding with dried fruit - bread and butter pudding, christmas pudding, plum duff etc

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Level 57
Apr 2, 2015
Is it true that the National Dish of the US is a 28oz steak? haha

As good as most of these dishes are, none are as good as Northern Irish favourite, The Ulster Fry. Sausages, bacon, soda bread, potato bread, fried egg, bakes beans and basically any other optional extras you want as long as its fried.

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Level 27
Aug 30, 2015
Bubble n' Squeak should be accepted as well. People from different areas of England spell it differently.
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Level 75
Jan 14, 2016
Pastry filled with beef, potato, turnip and onion is specifically a Cornish party - you can get other pasties with all sorts of different fillings
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Level 75
Jan 14, 2016
*Cornish pasty (not party)
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Level 67
Aug 12, 2019
No party?! *disappointed...*
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Level 48
Mar 12, 2016
This was hard for me. I'm vegan. I don't pay attention to dead animal dishes.
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Level 14
Jul 24, 2016
I hate that people generalise British food saying it is all terrible. You've probably only had 1 or 2 dishes yet say it's all terrible. Half of us don't even eat most of the traditional foods anyway and some of our most common foods are actually not ours but other countries adapted to our cuisine such as Indian or Chinese restaurants/take-outs.
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Level 38
Jan 25, 2017
Stereotypical nonsense mostly.
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Level 58
Apr 5, 2017
If you're going to have Spotted Dick in the quiz, at least call it a "Steamed Pudding with dried fruits, often served with custard". 'Pudding with dried fruit' is far too vague. Tried Christmas Pudding followed by suet pudding and neither were right
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Level 38
May 17, 2017
Most countries have excellent food and crap. It depends on the grower and on the chef. And there are various ways to make most dishes, varied by region and by chef's preference. For instance, I have been given a recipe for mushy peas from a friend in Birmingham, UK, and it uses fresh peas. I've read recipes that use dried peas. How about we all cut one another some slack?
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Level 67
Oct 11, 2017
For all those lambasting British food, its reputation for being bad is about 40 years out of date. Sure, you can get the usual rubbish you get anywhere in the world - pizza's, burgers and the like, but UK chefs have upped their game considerably. As of today (11 Oct 2017), the two best restaurants in the entire world are British - according to TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Favourite Fine Dining Restaurants Worldwide poll. That's an international poll of international people, by the way. Just saying.
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Level 26
Oct 20, 2017
Pudding with dried fruit is a wee bit too vague
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Level 69
Dec 17, 2017
What about scones?
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Level 52
Jan 11, 2018
Kippers don't have to be salted, they can be pickled too. What makes a kipper a kipper is that it is split and cold smoked over wood chips.
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Level 81
Feb 11, 2019
And that pickled or salted trash fish really sounds delicious for breakfast or with hot tea.....
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Level 67
Aug 12, 2019
tea means, weirdly I know, dinner or supper in some places. I ve only known this for about 10 years. It is very endearing I think. "Teatime!" :)
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Level 67
Aug 12, 2019
I agree though, salted fish for breakfish does not sound appetizing and after that reading all the other food (with which was nothing wrong) didnt sound so great haha. But well, I dont eat fish so it wouldnt have gone down well either way haha
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Level 51
May 13, 2018
Trifle contains jelly, not gelatine (although that it a constituent of jelly). Jelly is not the same as jam, incidentally.

Yorkshire pudding is cooked in an oven, not in a pan. Pans go on the hob, and you generally don't cook things you want to rise on the hob.

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Level 56
Jun 6, 2018
Typing "fish and chips" in didn't work...
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Level 38
Jun 6, 2018
I love Shepherds Pie. I had no idea it was British.....
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Level 70
Aug 24, 2018
Beef Wellington is originally a Beef Fillet covered in a pastry coat and cooked. Steak is a slice of some beef cut.
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Level 52
Oct 24, 2018
dont forget the mushrooms...
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Level 45
Aug 24, 2018
with those ingrediants its a CORNISH Pasty not just a pasty as pasty is a generic term for any savory pastry
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Level 81
Feb 11, 2019
Do English people go into shock or convulsions if they're ever forced to eat tasty food?
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Level 59
Feb 14, 2019
There is tasty food on this list. But that's kind of irrelevant anyway as a very low percentage of what English people actually eat is on this list, and it is still quite a low percentage that is anything like this.
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Level 67
Aug 12, 2019
Most things on the list are normal. I would say the congealed eals are not... Haggis and blackpudding might sound disgusting but I dont see how it would be different from a sausage ( of which the casing is also animal gut) or a rare steak (which is also bloody). The rest is just dessert, meat and or vegetables.
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Level 67
Aug 12, 2019
The comment is way out of line I think by the way..
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Level 75
Mar 13, 2019
The clue for Yorkshire pudding is misleading - it makes it sound like they are cooked with beef in the same pan (they are actually usually made in their own baking tray and just commonly served with a roast dinner of any kind)

https://www.google.co.uk/search?biw=1305&bih=718&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=APiIXLLaBvCHjLsPjv2gyA8&q=yorkshire+pudding&oq=yorkshire+pudding&gs_l=img.3..0j0i67j0l8.6324.8223..8303...0.0..0.63.806.17......1....1..gws-wiz-img.......35i39.fabfJxbYW4A

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Level 81
Jan 10, 2020
Shouldn't gruel be accepted for porridge, particularly given the prisoner clue? Gruel's just porridge with more water to spread it thin.
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Level 77
Jan 26, 2020
"Sugar syrup used to sweeten tarts": 'tarts' is specific, probably implying treacle tarts. They are sweetened with golden syrup. g-o-l-d-e-n-s-y-r-u-p. Why did that not work. Oh wait, over thought it again...
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Level 23
Jul 8, 2020
Can you please accept "cheese on toast" for Welsh Rarebit. I know it's not the same but most people would just call it cheese on toast.
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Level 64
Sep 9, 2020
QM, to be fair, the selection is not representative of modern British Food - these are all very old fashioned dishes - just what you might find in a CNN article about it. Whoops, have I revealed your source? https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/classic-british-food/index.html
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Level 43
Nov 18, 2020
Heated over some food.