We might not have the culinary prowess of the Med or the sumptuous sauces of the French, but here are 15 gastronomic reasons why England deserves recognition as a mecca for foodies.
Scones have long been a bone of contention with respect to the manner in which we dress their buttery biscuit base. For the record, it's clotted cream and then jam - not the other way round.
Fish and chips
A classic, Friday night comfort food, upon asking someone for an example of a quintessentially British dish, you would often glean the answer of fish and chips. It essentially consists of battered white fish (normally cod or haddock), chip shop style chips, and an obligatory dousing of vinegar. Served in newspaper, of course.
Boiled eggs enrobed in sausage meat comprise scotch eggs. Although they are claimed to be the brainchild of London department store Fortnum & Mason, it is entirely possible that they were originally inspired by the Mughlai dish nargisi kofta. Either way, they're sold nationwide.
Buttery pastry cradling pork sums up the humble pork pie. The dish has origins stemming from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, and in the 18th century, pork pies became popular among local fox hunters. A dish steeped in history, you could say.
First created in the 18th century at the Bun House in Chelsea, the Chelsea bun is made of a rich yeast dough infused with lemon peel, cinnamon or mixed spices. Its physical appears bears resemblance to a French pain au raisin or a cinnamon swirl.