The nation's favourite British dish has been revealed!

The nation's favourite British dish has been revealed!

All hail the local chippy - as fish and chips gets the nation’s vote as our favourite British dish in a new survey.
The seaside fare beat the roast dinner, Victoria Sponge and the Cornish Pasty in a poll of 2,000 adults asked to name their favourite British meals and snacks.

Bacon butties, baked beans and Shepherd’s Pie also feature in the top 40, along with buttered crumpets and a cream tea.

43% of adults said British cuisine is the best in the world

Tom Lowes from Sykes Cottages which commissioned the survey for the Discover Cornwall food and drink guide, said: "Over the years the nation’s tastes have become increasingly international when it comes to food. We want to try flavours from all over the world, and it’s great that it’s so available to us."

"But we Brits are undoubtedly spoilt when it comes to great local cuisine, and the results are proof that we still get excited by it."

Our preferences

  • The research showed seven in ten of the adults polled rate a fish supper as the top traditional British meal – preferably straight out of newspaper at the seaside
  • The traditional roast dinner complete with gravy and Yorkshire puddings came second, ideally eaten at Sunday lunchtime in a decent British pub
  • While a full English breakfast usually consisting of bacon, sausages, baked beans and fried eggs should ideally be served up on a Sunday morning.

Those with a sweet tooth voted apple crumble, Victoria sponge and a classic Bakewell tart into the top 40 list, as well as pub favourite Sticky Toffee Pudding and custard.

While some quintessential English snacks such as buttered crumpets, sausage rolls and Scotch eggs also featured in the list.

When it came to washing it down, the top drink was unsurprisingly revealed as a cup of builder’s brew.

The top 40 British dishes

  1. Fish ‘n’ chips
  2. Roast dinner with Yorkshire pudding
  3. Full English breakfast
  4. Bacon butties
  5. Apple crumble
  6. Strawberries and cream
  7. Bangers and mash
  8. Cream tea
  9. Shepherd's Pie
  10. Crumpets
  11. Ham, egg and chips
  12. Sausage rolls
  13. Cornish ice cream
  14. Baked beans
  15. Victoria Sponge
  16. Toad in the hole
  17. Sticky Toffee Pudding and custard
  18. Cornish Pasty
  19. Steak and kidney pie
  20. Pork pie
  21. Bakewell Tart
  22. Ploughman’s lunch
  23. Chips and gravy
  24. Rhubarb and custard
  25. Scampi
  26. Prawn cocktail
  27. Mushy peas
  28. Marmite
  29. Cheese and pickle on crackers
  30. Scotch eggs
  31. Cornish fudge
  32. Spotted Dick
  33. Irish stew and dumplings
  34. Chelsea buns
  35. Eccles cakes
  36. Pea and ham soup
  37. Cucumber sandwiches
  38. Haggis and tatties
  39. Cockles and mussels
  40. Jellied eels
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