The very best classic British foods ranked (sweet & savoury)

Xiao Hu

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Oct 26, 2017
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I looooove me a full English breakfast, even more than I love German breakfast, but overall British seems to be super bland compared with most other European cuisines
 

Qikz

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Oct 25, 2017
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They shouldn't have included kidney in there, how often do you honestly even see that any more? And pork pie is filth, deserves to be bottom tier
I eat Steak and Kidney Pudding and Pie. I'd eat it more but after my Nan died many years ago I haven't ever made one and nobody else in my family cooks them so it's storebought or nothing T_T
 

Yataran

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Jul 17, 2018
125
Copenhagen, DK
Okay, that weirded me out a little, because I work not too far away from there. I'm not usually a pie guy, but are they that good?
I worked at Sheffield uni for a long time, and it was common for us to go to the Nottingham house for food and a pint. The pies were all homemade, and there was a range of fillings but a limited number of pies per day. No other food was served in the pub - besides the usual crisps and peanuts. In my opinion those were some of the best pies in the area... But I haven't been back since I left Sheffield in September 2017, and they may have changed it since then. In my opinion, it's really worth it a try if you're nearby.
 

Plum

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May 31, 2018
6,067
Haha yes about to say what a load of BS. Haggis is fucking amazing. And deep fried Mars bars are a novelty at best, it's not a regular thing...
I've always wanted to try Haggis but I haven't seen anywhere to get it, even the highly-specialised butcher I sometimes go to.

A local chippie does do a deep-fried Mars bar so I might go for that once in my life. Doubt I'll like it, though, but that's mainly because I'm not the biggest fan of Mars in the first place.
 

DavidDesu

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Oct 29, 2017
2,330
Glasgow, Scotland
I've always wanted to try Haggis but I haven't seen anywhere to get it, even the highly-specialised butcher I sometimes go to.

A local chippie does do a deep-fried Mars bar so I might go for that once in my life. Doubt I'll like it, though, but that's mainly because I'm not the biggest fan of Mars in the first place.
In England? Surely there must be somewhere you can get some? I figured the big supermarkets would have at least the tinned Halls haggis available (it looks stinking but it's genuinely nice). They all have up here (obviously) but it's still fairly new that the supermarkets even stock any kind of haggis in Scotland, depressingly enough.
 

fontguy

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Oct 8, 2018
808
I’m reminded of that John Oliver bit about British cuisine’s ethos being to remove both the flavor and the nutrition from every dish.
 

Plum

The Fallen
May 31, 2018
6,067
In England? Surely there must be somewhere you can get some? I figured the big supermarkets would have at least the tinned Halls haggis available (it looks stinking but it's genuinely nice). They all have up here (obviously) but it's still fairly new that the supermarkets even stock any kind of haggis in Scotland, depressingly enough.
To be honest I haven't looked that much, but whenever I've gone to the Supermarket I haven't really found any. I'll keep looking, though, as it's definitely something I want to at least try.
 
Oct 30, 2017
4,169
A lot of these things can be emulated here in the U.S. but I have never had genuine clotted cream like I did when I went to London a couple of years ago. That and a good jam is what makes a scone good. Substitute clotted cream, which is basically a homemade whipped cream, just doesn't compare.

Also, shepherd's pie belongs in the god-tier.
 
Dec 5, 2018
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A lot of these things can be emulated here in the U.S. but I have never had genuine clotted cream like I did when I went to London a couple of years ago. That and a good jam is what makes a scone good. Substitute clotted cream, which is basically a homemade whipped cream, just doesn't compare.

Also, shepherd's pie belongs in the god-tier.
Unfortunately double cream (and clotted cream) doesn't really exist in the US because of how your milk is pasteurised. You have "heavy cream" which isn't the same thing and is basically a poor man's double cream.

What's the problem?
 
Oct 27, 2017
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A lot of these things can be emulated here in the U.S. but I have never had genuine clotted cream like I did when I went to London a couple of years ago. That and a good jam is what makes a scone good. Substitute clotted cream, which is basically a homemade whipped cream, just doesn't compare.

Also, shepherd's pie belongs in the god-tier.
If you can find heavy cream that isn't ultra-pasteurised (normally pasteurised is fine), you can clot your own cream!

 
Dec 5, 2018
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Oct 30, 2017
4,169
Unfortunately double cream (and clotted cream) doesn't really exist in the US because of how your milk is pasteurised. You have "heavy cream" which isn't the same thing and is basically a poor man's double cream.



What's the problem?
Yeah, I've looked at recipes before which call for basically unpasteurized cream and I thought that'd be easier to find in the rural area I live. But, it's actually more difficult since more eclectic food shops are few and far between and local dairies don't sell those types of things.
If you can find heavy cream that isn't ultra-pasteurised (normally pasteurised is fine), you can clot your own cream!

Finding that type of cream is the most difficult part!
 
Oct 30, 2017
231
Tokyo
Add my name to the list of people complaining about this anti-scottish propaganda.

And seriously, steak and kidney pie should be god tier. Anyone who ever tried my Gran's homemade steak and kidney pies would agree.

I live in Japan and I absolutely love some of the food here, but some of my Gran's cooking would give some of this stuff a run for its money.

And it's not just me. My Japanese wife absolutely loves my Gran's cooking whenever we go for a visit, and my wife is from quite a well-off family, so she's used to eating good food.

Yorkshire Puddings are great (only when home-made; the frozen stuff is just mediocre)
Years ago, my friend had me over for dinner and tried making her own Yorkshire puddings. She must have made a mistake along the way. They turned out wonderfully, but they were also massive. She ended up putting the meat, mashed potatoes and gravy in there and we had Yorkshire pudding pies. Definitely better than frozen ones, but the frozen ones aren't too bad.

I eat Steak and Kidney Pudding and Pie. I'd eat it more but after my Nan died many years ago I haven't ever made one and nobody else in my family cooks them so it's storebought or nothing T_T
By store bought, I'm assuming you mean supermarket? Have you tried your local butchers? Sometimes you can get good steak pies at the butchers. Obviously varies from location to location, of course.