87% of Brits can’t explain the difference between rump and rib-eye steak

By Nikkie Sutton

- Last updated on GMT

Favourite style: the majority of UK diners like their steak medium-cooked
Favourite style: the majority of UK diners like their steak medium-cooked

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More than three quarters (87%) of Brits can’t explain the difference between rump and rib-eye steaks, according to recent research.

Some 73% can’t tell the difference between sirloin and rump and more than half (62%) don’t know why the fillet is so prized and more expensive.

Perfect steak cooking times

Blue – one minute per side, rest for six minutes

Rare – two minutes per side, rest for six minutes

Medium-rare – two and a half minutes per side, rest for five minutes

Medium – three minutes per side, rest for four minutes

Well done – five minutes per side, rest for no minutes

Figures from Aldi Supermarket 

But, it isn’t all negative news because 40% always choose British beef and just under a third (30%) eat steak fortnightly.

World's best

Meanwhile, last month (July) Poland was announced the world’s best steak producer,​ above any other nation, at the annual World Steak Challenge awards.

The sirloin came from a grain-fed heifer bred by F&M Frackowiak, which was entered into the competition by global meat processor ABP.

The competition, which is organised by The Morning Advertiser ​sister title Global Meat News​, recognises meat at three standards – gold, silver and bronze.

How the British like their steaks

49% – medium

26% – well done

22% – rare

3% – blue

Steak is something that is important to pubs because many pubcos have steak brands, such as Mitchells & Butlers (M&B).

M&B unveiled its latest brand, Son of Steak,​ in Nottingham earlier this year (March) in addition to the pubco's other steakhouse arm, Miller & Carter.

British steak popularity

27% – fillet

22% – sirloin

16% – rib eye

14% – rump

The pubco divisional director Dennis Deare praised the opportunity to open a new steak offer and explore serving steak in a fast-casual environment.

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