Although as a multi-cultural nation, the British work with ingredients and products that didn’t originate in this country, we have still made our mark on the food map. In fact some of the things we are best known for have become iconic.
‘Food From Britain’ have been researching some of our best loved meals, and have found the facts speak for themselves. A traditional Sunday Roast was voted a favourite meal by 64 % of people in a 2O11 poll, testament to the long-lasting appeal, of this very British dish, which is thought to have originated in Yorkshire around the time of the Industrial Revolution.
The Sunday Roast, with its vegetables, meat, and sauces, remains relatively unchanged, although the ‘dripping pudding’, did morph into the Yorkshire Pudding we know and love today.
Not all British dishes are home cooked meals though, and our most popular takeaway is a case in point. We have a page dedicated to the much loved Fish and Chips, how they came together as a meal combination, and the literary references to a very working class treat.
Both these dishes remain popular symbols of British culture, and two of the dishes we are most known for abroad. They are perhaps eclipsed by the iconic tradition of Afternoon Tea though. The tradition of taking Afternoon Tea is one that may have originated in the upper classes, but now transcends them all. Just like Fish and Chips and Roast Dinners, Afternoon Tea is enjoyed in the home, and served up anywhere from pubs to castles, but it’s in London Hotels, where you’ll find the ultimate, and best known version of this mid-afternoon treat.
There are other products and dishes Britain is well-known for as well. ‘Love It Or Hate It’, Marmite has divided the nation since 1902, while our love affair with Cadbury’s Chocolate began way back in 1824, when the British founder of the company opened his first Chocolate shop in Birmingham. Other produce to come out of the UK includes Branson Pickle, which originated in Burton, Staffordshire, Victoria Sponge, named after Queen Victoria, and the Welsh delicacy Lava Bread.
Wherever you go in Britain, you’ll also find a hive of activity, with local farmers and businesses producing varieties of everything from cheese to sausages. It just goes to show, food from Britain is iconic, celebrated, and more importantly alive and well, for present and future generations to enjoy.