Survey reveals nation's favourite dishes

By Daniel Woolfson

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Tom Lowes: nation's tastes becoming "increasingly international"
Tom Lowes: nation's tastes becoming "increasingly international"
A new survey has named the British public’s favourite dishes.

Research by Sykes Cottages placed fish and chips unchallenged in the top spot, with traditional favourites the roast dinner and full English breakfast following respectively behind.

Pub classics such as ham, egg and chips; a ploughman's lunch and scampi as well as regional favourites such as haggis, Cornish fudge and Irish stew also made the cut.

Fish & Chips

Tom Lowes, marketing manager at Sykes Cottages, said: “Over the years the nation’s tastes have become increasingly international when it comes to food. But we Brits are undoubtable spoilt when it comes to great local cuisine and the results are proof that we still get excited by it.

“The top three are firm British favourites but the list demonstrates that regional delicacies whet the nation’s appetite too.”

World leader?

Out of the 2,000 Brits polled, 43% said British cuisine was the best in the world, with the West Country deemed to have the best regional cuisine.

National beverage

Tea was given a majority vote as the nation’s top drink.

Of those surveyed, 13% said a pint of real ale was the nation’s best and one in ten said a tall glass of Pimms would be their British classic drink of choice.


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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