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British Traditional Foods

Please note: We have mainly written about England, as that is the country within the UK where our students live. We would be very happy for schools and visitors to send us information we can add to our website on Wales and Scotland.

Food and Festivals in Britain

You may already have several ideas about typical British food, but the most popular dish in England at the moment is… curry!

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 cornish 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.

Traditional Food
Plate of food What is typical British food? ( Food)
What is ‘bangers and mash’ or ‘black pudding’?
What is ‘spotted Dick’?
What is a Ploughman's Lunch ?

Puddings / Desserts
pudding What food do you eat for pudding?(desserts)
What cakes and biscuits do you eat?

meal When do you eat your meals ? (Meal Times)
What is the difference between supper, dinner and tea?
What are your meals called?
What would you eat for a typical English breakfast?

Afternoon Tea and High Tea
tea cup and tea pot What do you eat and drink during Afternoon Tea ?
What does High Tea consist of?
What is the difference between a High Tea and an Afternoon Tea?

cup of tea What do you drink in the UK? (Tea)
What is the national drink of England?

cheese icon What cheeses do you eat in the UK?

pie What pies do you eat in Britain and what are pies?

Eating Etiquette
etiquette icon What are the rules for Eating in the UK? (Manners)

National Foods
UK icon What are the traditional foods of Wales and Scotland?
What is the National Food of England ? (National Food)
What Take-Away (Take Out) food do you have?
What is Fish and Chips? (Fish and Chips)

Foods and Festivals
calendar icon What special foods do you eat during your festivals?

Foods discovered in England
England icon What food was "invented" or discovered in England?(History)
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Events and special days in the UK
British Life
Pooh down the River Thames

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Mandy is the creator of the Woodlands Resources section of the Woodlands Junior website. 
The two websites and are the new homes for the Woodlands Resources.

Mandy left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consulatant. 
She now teaches computers at The Granville School and St. John's Primary School in Sevenoaks Kent.