(Closed) US and Canadian Bees – What are your preconceptions of British food?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
9134 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I immediately think of curries and pub food because that is what I have access to here.  We regularly go to a local British pub and an Irish pub for meals.  My favorites include: bangers and mash with gravy or bangers and chips (fries) with fried eggs on top.  I also like to order the curry of the day (recently they had a super spicy lamb vindaloo that was delicious!)  I also order fish and chips on occasion as well as cottage pie.  Yum, yum, yum…hungry just thinking about all of the yumminess!

Post # 5
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think it’s hard to find good food in London if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, and so people just have sandwiches or something.  My grandfather was always content to have mayonaisse sandwiches, but I don’t like mayo so it was harder for me to find something I liked.  I went to a noodle place in London once that was awesome, and I love fish n chips…

Outside of London I had some amazing pub food…treacle pudding (mmmm), squab (there was buckshot in mine!), portobella mushrooms with stilton cheese…yum. 


In general I don’t get too excited about “British food” but then I remember the things above and I’m like, wait, maybe it’s not that boring!


I also had one of the best meals of my life in Scotland, at a little pub in Moulin called the Moulin Inn.  I had venison with root vegetables in this amazing gravy…and then a raspberry crumble for dessert.  It was AWESOME.

Post # 4
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Lots of hearty foods (meat and potatoes), fish and chips, cottage pie, etc. Lotttttts of stuff that I won’t eat. It depends on where in the UK you’re talking though.

Post # 6
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@vorpalette:  Are you a vegetarian?

Post # 7
2424 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve never been there, and I was led to believe by most people in the US that UK food is very bland, and overall not great. I’ve heard the same about Irish food. Not saying it all is (I’m sure there are some very flavorful dishes across the pond!) but I think that is the general US view on it.

Recently, I became very good friends with a Londoner, which has made me add greasy/unhealthy to that preconception lol. The way he describes English food it just sounds like there is so much bacon grease and just fat in general it is amazing! Granted, I am sure that makes it delicious, and this is a single 30 year old man, so I’m sure not all Londoners eat this way.


Post # 8
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I think of what we eat in Canada to be honest lol


Like meat and potatoes, stew, fish n chips, etc

Post # 9
110 posts
Blushing bee

My (New Yorker) bf and I spent a week in London visiting friends this summer.. He is now obsessed with British food! We went on a M&S binge on the way home and brought back tons of mustards, jellies, cheddars, etc.. The one true misconception seems to be: beer temperature. My bf kept demanding warm tap beer and got roundly made fun of! He still swears he’s read that British beer is to be drank room temperature, though, and gets very touchy on the subject! lol

Post # 10
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Bangers n mash and roast beef with yorkshires… Lots of gravy… Mmm good cold day food!

Post # 12
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@mousewife-in-training:  Oh yeah, mustard and jam in England is so much better than here. I love marmelade!  



Post # 13
8036 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@SpecialSundae:  I used to think it was fairly bland and boring. My dad is English and my mom lived there for 20+ years, and that’s what I understood from their first hand experience so I didn’t question it. I guess my grandmother used to make 7-day meal plans and NEVER change it up. I can understand how that would get boring. Even my sister, who lived abroad for a year recently, agreed it was all dull and boring.

My SO is English, however, and he has introduced me to a world of foods. Gammon, bubble and squeak, bangers and mash, Bovril… etc. I still find the majority of them comfort foods rather than anything particularly gourmet, but I enjoy that sort of thing. He’s also cleared up the misconception that British people are boring eaters. He says that they’ll go on holiday and try anything. I also understand that the English love their curry. My SO sure does.

ETA: London is a huge, amazing city, and you can find any restaurant you desire there. My favorite Greek restaurant is in London and I can’t wait to go back!!

Post # 14
5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

MMM cottage pie. I think of hearty food too, meat and potatoes perfectly okay staples.    Not the heaviest spiced food but that is totally okay. 

Post # 15
2285 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I have been to the Uk in the last 10 years and we hated the food.  It was greasy and bland. We ate pretty much just sandwiches and were so glad to leave for another country after 4 days in London. 

Post # 16
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Before I visited for a week for a college ‘credit’: fish-n-chips, club sandwiches, indian food, hearty food like mashed potatoes and stuff

After I visited for a week: tea, odd breakfast items, sandwiches, unique things put on sandwiches, croissants, fish-n-chips, all with a disgusting side of mashed up peas (yuk)

I don’t think I spent nearly enough time there to really get to know the food..but I associate it all with really the above. Although I do love the UK version of lemonade! I had that with vodka a lot when I was there 🙂

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