Thursday, April 16, 2009

Top 10 English foods

Simon Majumdar ( the co-founder of a food blog called Dos HERMANOS ) has an interesting article in The Times, Top 10 quintessential English foods.

Simon's top ten English foods are:

1) Melton Mowbray Pork Pie
2) Fish and Chips
3) Black Pudding
4) Kippers
5) Parkin
6) Cornish Pasty
7) Potted Shrimps
8) Grouse
9) Treacle Sponge Pudding
10) Cheddar Cheese

I think Simon's choices are interesting but my list of the best foods England has to offer is quite different.

My top ten English foods are:

1. Fish and Chips
2. Shepherd's Pie
3. Cheddar Cheese
4. Cornish Pasty
5. Yorkshire Pudding
6. Cumberland and Lincolnshire sausages
7. Lancashire Hotpot
8. Bakewell Tart
9. West Country Clotted Cream Tea
10. Full English Breakfast

What about you? Do you agree with Simon's choices? What English foods would be on your list?


  1. I much prefer your list all of which I like! xx

  2. Thanks Flighty! They happen to be foods that I like too.

  3. Hi Maureen
    My first visit here and I like your site :-)
    I would have to agree that your list is much better than the "official" one. Pasties, Fish & Chips, Cheddar Cheese and a Full English would all be on my list too! Oh, and Branston pickle - does that count as food??!

  4. Hello - welcome to my blog and thank you! I'm pleased you also like my list better than the one in the article. And of course Branston pickle should be on the list too. I think it could be classified as food - why not?

  5. What? Chicken tikka didn't make it onto either list? It's definitely a British creation and not Indian!

    Things on those lists I like:
    Fish and chips with malt vinegarCheddar cheese and Cheshire cheeseParkin
    Bakewell tart
    Treacle pudding with custard

  6. You're right - Chicken Tikka Masala is very popular and since it was apparently invented in England, then it probably should be on a list of top 10 English foods.

  7. I would have to add crumpets to my top 10 favorite English foods (with lemon curd of course!).... what a fun list!

  8. Oh yummy - crumpets. I'm craving them now!

  9. I love your site! I miss England so much! I go home often enough though and when I do I fill up on the following....

    Fish & Chips, covered in salt & vinegar!
    Pork Pies, Cornish Pasties, Jammy Dodgers, Custard Creams, Hienz Baked Beans, Orange Squash, Marmite, Cheese & Onion Walkers...I could go on forever!

    Great blog!

  10. Hello Jennie - thank you for the compliments about my blog!

    I have to say that I've never developed a taste for marmite or Orange Squash but I think the rest of the foods on your list are yummy. :)

    Thanks again for the kind words about my blog.

  11. I see your list of top ten English Foods includes “West Country Clotted Cream Teas” Those of us living in the West Country may be concerned you have not grasped the difference between Devon Cream Teas and Cornish Cream Teas! In Devon the jam is placed on top of the cream; in Cornwall the Clotted cream is placed above the jam.

  12. Hi Keith, Thanks for the info but I was trying to be diplomatic by listing it as "West Country" Clotted Cream Teas! I know all about the (friendly) rivalry between Devon and Cornwall. :)

  13. Maureen, I come back to this post from time to time to check the comments. I was happy to see someone had taken note of your very diplomatic "West Country" Clotted Cream Teas! My list is much closer to yours than Simon's. I would definitely add scones (I like them even without jam and cream), crumpets and trifle.

  14. Hi Jean, I love scones too! (with or without jam and cream).

    Crumpets and trifle are very nice English treats too.