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A foodie's guide to England
Posted on 26/05/2017

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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.

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  • Scones

    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
    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.

  • Scotch eggs
    Scotch eggs

    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.

  • Pork pie
    Pork pie

    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.

  • Chelsea buns
    Chelsea buns

    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.


British culture boasts an eclectic mix of culinary influences, and although England's traditional dishes crouch in the shadows of the likes of Mediterranean and Asian delicacies, in some respects we can stand tall against our gastronomic rivals.

Beige in colour they may be; beige in flavour they most certainly are not. From a hearty Sunday roast dripping in gravy to nearly overdosing on butter-doused crumpets, here are 15 examples of England's traditional culinary feats. A bit of stodge never hurt anyone, did it?

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