Can You Pass This Very British Food Quiz?


By: Zoe Samuel

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

British food can be known for not having a very good reputation in the culinary world. This is probably because a lot of our cultural impressions of what certain countries are like were formed in the postwar period. This was a time when Britain was still rationing food, and when international trade systems had not yet enabled certain types of food to reach British shores in a timely manner.

However, a glorious thing happened in the 1950's and onward. Many new types of people came to Britain, and at the same time, the economy grew. Brits then became more demanding, and overseas travel became available to more people. Coupled with an infusion of new cuisines from India, China, the Caribbean and beyond, the most-ordered dish in the country became chicken tikka masala by the mid 90's. Then came the gastropub movement, and British food reclaimed its native recipes and updated them to be hearty, healthy and delicious. These days, London is a global gastronomic center of excellence, and many obscure village pubs serve life-altering Yorkshire puddings.

Do you know much about these culinary masterpieces? Let's find out!

Which of the below is this delicious savory side dish?

The Yorkshire pudding is served with a roast beef lunch and it tastes like magic! Pop some proper gravy on it for a real English treat.


What are these lovely salty potatoes called?

You call them chips in America but the British call them crisps! They also come in smaller packs in Britain, so you can buy two without feeling so bad.


By what hilarious name are these splendid sausages in savory batter known?

Otherwise known as "sausage toad," toad in the hole is like a casserole that is made with sausages and Yorkshire pudding. It's also best served with gravy and vegetables.


What is this minced beef pie with mash on the top?

Shepherd's pie is a savory pie that is topped with mashed potatoes. The filling typically consists of seasoned meat, gravy and vegetables.


What is the name of this British dessert?

A trifle is made by layering fruit, custard and sponge fingers together. These also make for an elegant dessert at parties and special events.


What are these long thin sweet biscuits known as "savoiardi" in Italian called?

Sponge fingers are very good dipped in tea. Also known as "lady fingers," these are great for desserts and tiramisu.


What is this delicious dessert made with bread, raisins and an egg custard mixture?

Bread and butter pudding is like a dessert casserole that is made with sliced bread, raisins and egg custard. The mixture is also seasoned with nutmeg and vanilla.


What's this intriguing side dish made of boiled potatoes and cabbage?

Bubble and squeak is named for the sound the ingredients make when you cook them. The dish is also made with potatoes, cabbage and leftover vegetables.


What's this lamb stew with sliced potatoes on top?

Lancashire Hotpot comes from the Northwestern part of England, in a town called Lancashire. The dish is made with lamb, potatoes and onions.


What is this amazing pastry stuffed with beef, turnips, potatoes and onions?

Popular in Cornwall, United Kingdom, the Cornish pasties are like meat pies with a variety of fillings. They are typically baked to a golden brown crust and served with potatoes.


What is this splendid pudding of moist sponge cake that is made out of finely chopped dates and topped with a warm toffee sauce?

This hearty dessert consists of moist sponge cake and toffee sauce. A scoop of vanilla ice cream on top also complements this warm dish well.


What is this very British take on gel-like fish?

Jellied eels are eaten cold and they are an acquired taste. These also originated in London during the 18th century.


What is this spiraling sponge cake with a jammy center?

Also called "shirt-sleeve pudding," this rolled dessert has 19th-century origins. These also come in a chocolate variety, as well as jam or cream flavors.


What is this lightly sweetened oat or wheat-based baked good that is typically served with jam or clotted cream?

Scones come in a variety of sweet and savory flavors, and are best paired with a cup of afternoon tea. These may also be made with either oatmeal or wheat.


What is the name of this fancy grilled cheese?

Welsh rarebit sounds like it is rabbit, but it's actually a fancy grilled cheese! It involves toasted bread that is topped with hot cheese sauce.


What is this top-notch dessert made of pastry, jam, frangipane, and almonds?

Bakewell is a town in Derbyshire which is known for its native tart. This dessert is shaped like a pie and consists of frangipane, almonds and jam.


Can you name this dessert?

The origins of this dessert trace back to Eton College. This dessert also consists of strawberries, crumbled-up meringue and whipped double cream.


Can you name this savory pudding?

This popular British dish is made of onions, sheep's tripe, oatmeal, suet and spices. It's also cooked in the lining of an animals stomach!


What is this puff pastry containing a filet steak coated with pâté and duxelles?

This dish was named for the Iron Duke himself - the man who defeated Napoleon. He loved this dish and as a result, it took on his name!


What is the name of this smoked herring dish?

A kipper is a smoked herring that is often served for breakfast in the regions of the British Isles. This dish is also typically salted and pickled for maximum flavor.


What is this immensely popular dish of marinated chicken in a spiced curry sauce?

Even though this is an Indian dish, but it was adapted by Indian immigrants for the British palate. This dish is typically comprised of marinated chicken chunks in a spicy, savory curry sauce.


What is the name of this fried egg dish?

Scotch eggs contain layers of sausage meat, breadcrumbs and hard-boiled eggs. They are deep-fried to perfection for crispiness in every bite!


What is the name of these delicious biscuits?

Digestive biscuits are typically served with a cup of tea. The most popular brand is McVitie's.


What is this popular spread made from the by-product of beer brewing?

Marmite is made from the yeast extract of brewed beer. It's typically spread on toast for breakfast or for a quick snack.


What is this entertainingly-named suet putting with raisins?

Made from a mix of dried fruit and suet, this British pudding is a popular dessert that pairs well with custard. The dried fruit also creates many different spots on this dessert, hence the name, "spotted dick."


What is the name of this vanilla ice-cream log covered in raspberry and wrapped in a layer of sponge cake?

The Arctic Roll can be a tricky dessert to make. It's made from ice cream that is wrapped in sponge cake, with a layer of raspberry sauce in between.


What is this dessert made of banana, cream and toffee called?

This pie is an explosion of flavor, and is made from bananas, cream and toffee. It may also be prepared with chocolate or coffee.


What is this dessert called?

A crumble is usually made with apple, rhubarb or some other fruit that holds its shape when it is cooked. There's also a crumbly layer on top that adds a soft crunch with every bite.


What is this dessert made from a shortcrust pastry called?

The oldest known recipe comes from a 19th-century writer named Mary Jewry. She gifted the knowledge of the treacle tart, which has become a popular British dessert.


What is this dessert that is made by layering bread into a bowl and filling with lots of berries?

Summer pudding is best made during summer months, when berries are at its prime. This dish is made from soaked white bread and a variety of berries.


What are these lovely Christmas treats called?

Mince pies actually have butter and fruit in them. This is called "mincemeat," and is a popular dessert during Christmas time.


What is this flaky pastry that is full of raisins and sprinkled with sugar?

Eccles cake is known by several names, such as Banbury cake and Chorley cake. The origins of this dessert also trace back to Eccles, United Kingdom.


What is this oddly-named sausage in a flaky pastry?

It's also called a sausage roll! Pig in a blanket is a great finger food often served at parties.


What is this veggie side dish from Scotland?

This dish is made with potatoes, cabbage and onion. It's actually very similar to bubble and squeak, which we saw earlier.


What is this quintessentially British dish traditionally served wrapped in a newspaper?

Fish and chips are the essential British dish. It's made with fried fish and French fries for a hearty meal.


What is this mix of fish, eggs, rice and veggies?

This is a British version of Kichari, a traditional Indian dish. Kedgeree is typically made with eggs, fish, rice and parsley.


What is this lumpy minty mash of veggies called?

Mushy peas often come as a side item with fish and chips. Mint is often added to mushy peas as well for additional flavor.


What is the name of this dish?

Bangers and mash is essentially sausages with mashed potatoes and gravy. It also has both Irish and British origins.


What is the name of this blood sausage that is typically served at breakfast time?

Also known as blood pudding, black pudding is made from pork blood and a type of grain. This can vary from cereal to oatmeal.


What is this pie made from eggs, herring and potatoes called?

Stargazy pie often has fish heads sticking out from the sides! It's typically made with sardines, and has Cornish origins.


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