Pub snacks are Brits’ least favourite food

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Unpopular dishes: Scotch eggs and pork pies were among foods not liked by Brits
Unpopular dishes: Scotch eggs and pork pies were among foods not liked by Brits

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Scotch eggs and pork pies are among some of the nation’s least favourite foods, a new study from YouGov has found.

Based on a sample of more than 6,000 adults, the research discovered just one quarter (26%) like Scotch eggs a lot and a similar amount (28%) like pork pies a lot.

Topping the list of favourite foods (with more than 80%) were pub classics such as Yorkshire pudding, Sunday roasts as well as fish and chips.

Other top foods included bangers and mash (76%), cottage pie (76%) and shepherd’s pie (75%).

Least favourite

At the bottom of the table were jellied eels as a mere 6% of Brits who have ever tried them said they had a taste for it.

Welsh ‘delicacy’ laverbread, which is made from seaweed, came second from the bottom with just 20% of those who have ever tried it saying they enjoyed the experience.

The results also revealed men were more likely than women to enjoy steak and kidney pudding (63% v 47%), black pudding (56% v 38%) and steak and kidney pie (58% v 40%).

Women were more likely to say they appreciate cauliflower cheese (76% v 62%).

Highly divisive

Generational differences were even bigger, although they were all one-sided with younger Brits being less likely to have enjoyed the foods than their elders.

There was a 43 percentage point gap between 18 to 24-year-olds and those aged 55 and over regarding liver and onion, with just 15% of the former liking it compared to 58% of the latter.

Other highly divisive foods between the two age groups included Welsh rarebit (44% v 79%), steak and kidney pudding (30% v 61%) and kippers (24% v 54%).

YouGov also asked respondents their thoughts on sweet dishes with scones topping the list (85% saying they liked them). Victoria sponge was also a firm favourite with 81% saying they enjoyed the taste of the cake.

Other top desserts included hot cross buns (75%), sticky toffee pudding (73%), Bakewell tart (72%) and Eton mess (70%).

Sitting at the bottom of the table is the deep-fried Mars bar with just 22% of those who have consumed it saying they enjoyed it.

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