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The 10 Best British Recipes to Try
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While British food often gets a reputation for being bland and boring, that’s really not the truth! From hearty, traditional English dishes and classic British food like Bangers & Mash to decadent, delicious desserts fit for royalty, there’s a lot to explore — and some of it is quite unexpected! In fact, British recipes have a lot more variety than you may think. Cooking classic British food in your own kitchen is a great way to explore English dishes and learn more about British cuisine, so we've rounded up 10 of our favorite British recipes for you to try at home! Ready to begin your culinary tour of the best British food? Check out our top picks below and get cooking!

#1 Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash

This famous British recipe is surprisingly easy to make. Sausages are cooked in a skillet and then smothered in a flavorful onion gravy. We recommend plating yours up with some mashed potatoes and peas for an authentic British meal!

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#2 Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Flaky and hearty, this traditional British dish relies on cooking techniques first pioneered in the region by Sephardic Jewish immigrants. It later went on to be so popular in England that the dish wasn’t subjected to rationing during World War II because Winston Churchill worried that it would be bad for morale! Crispy, chewy, airy, and delicious, the dish is truly a British icon. Want to learn how to make your own authentic version at home?

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#3 Cornish Pasties

Cornish Pasties

Another classic British food, Cornish pasties feature a flaky crust and a savory filling made from succulent beef and vegetables. Hailing from Cornwall, they are so beloved that commercial versions are now strictly regulated! Want to learn how to make this British comfort food in your home kitchen?

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#4 Sticky Date Pudding (with Hot Toffee Sauce)

Sticky Date Pudding

Sweet, rich, and delicious, this classic British dessert is beloved for a reason. The base is made with dates, sugar, flour, and butter, then baked and drizzled with a smooth, creamy toffee sauce. We recommend topping each portion with extra sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Want to learn how to make this delicious dessert in your own kitchen?

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#5 Strawberry Fool

Strawberry Fool

Freshly whipped cream is combined with sugared strawberries and vanilla extract to create this showstopping dessert. This classic British recipe is ideal for special occasions and is deceptively fancy — it looks stunning but can be whipped up in as little as 20 minutes! Ready to learn how to make Strawberry Fool at home?

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#5 Eton Mess

Eton Mess

This is one of our favorite British recipes. Whipped cream, meringue cookies, and strawberries are layered together for an easy — and eye-catching! — dessert. Traditionally served at Eton College in England, it’s considered a classic in Britain and makes for the perfect summertime dessert! Want to learn how to make your own version of this delicious British boarding school favorite at home?

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#6 Toad in the Hole

Toad in the Hole

This hearty, traditional English dish is a lot more appetizing than it sounds! To make it, succulent sausages are cooked in Yorkshire pudding that’s been flavored with garlic powder, mustard powder, and Worcestershire sauce. The dish is commonly topped with onion gravy and served with veggies on the side. Want to learn how to make this British favorite at home?

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#7 Crumpets


Authentic English crumpets are crispy, chewy, and delicately spongy with a delicious, slightly yeasty flavor. They pair perfectly with jam, butter, and/or honey and make a great breakfast option. Ready to learn how to make this English classic at home?

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#8 Scones


Scones are one of the most well-known British foods — and for good reason. Soft, flaky, and deliciously buttery, they’re also surprisingly easy to make! We recommend topping them with jam and clotted cream for an authentic British treat. Oh, and don’t forget to brew up a warm cup of tea, too!

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#9 Traditional English Tea Sandwiches

Traditional English Tea Sandwiches

English Tea Sandwiches are a key part of Afternoon Tea in Britain and this recipe teaches you how to make some of the most beloved, traditional fillings: cucumber with cream cheese or butter, and smoked salmon with cream cheese. The recipe also includes a hearty third option — roast beef with horseradish or mustard. Want to learn how to create your own fancy Afternoon Tea at home?

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#10 Pimm’s Cup

Pimm's Cup

This classic English cocktail was invented in London in the mid-1800s and is considered the unofficial drink of Wimbledon (and of British summers!) today. Refreshing, lemony, and herbaceous, this beloved British cocktail is served with plenty of garnishes, including sliced strawberries, sliced cucumber, and basil leaves. If you’re looking for a taste of summer in a cocktail, this is it!

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