A recent study by UK diners’ club, Gourmet Society, has found that Yorkshire puddings, a staple of the traditional British Sunday roast, beat Eccles Cakes, the Lancashire hotpot, Cheddar cheese and many others to win the title of Britain’s best regional dish. Voted for by food lovers across the country, the survey found the top five favourite regional dishes are:
- Yorkshire puddings
- Cornish pasties
- Devon cream tea
- Bakewell tart
- Cheddar cheese
Despite haggis being the most well-known regional dish, with 73 per cent having heard of it, it’s also the nation’s least favourite regional dish with 15 per cent of people voting the dish, which consists of sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs) as their least favourite. The East End’s jellied eels came a close second, with 13 per cent voting it as their least favourite.
But which region is the most proud of their speciality? When asked who talks most positively about their dish, people from Kendall (Kendall mint cake 85 per cent), Derbyshire (Bakewell tart 75 per cent) and Cornwall (Cornish pasties 64 per cent) are the ones bigging up the dish of their hometown to others the most. And over half (53 per cent) of people in Cornwall say their regional dishes are considered to be a part of their heritage.
There are some places in the UK, however, that are not as vocal about or proud of their regional dish – because they do not know what it is. Those topping this list are Southampton (33 per cent), Nottingham (30 per cent), Sussex (29 per cent) and London (27 per cent).
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