Traditional British Food & Drink

Here you will find grouped together articles and features about traditional British food and drink, a vital part of British culture and what makes the Brits British!

Afternoon Tea – a great British tradition

The Nation’s Favourite Take-Away – Fish and Chips

Mother’s Ruin
In the mid-eighteenth century the effects of gin-drinking on English society makes the use of drugs today seem almost benign!….

A wee dram of uisege beatha?
No visit to Scotland would be complete without sampling a ‘wee dram’ of uisge beatha or ‘the water of life’ …the name given by the ancient Celts to the fiery amber nectar we now call Scotch whisky….

The Herefordshire Cider Trail
A driving route around local, traditional cider producers and outlets. Explore how cider is made, taste it and buy direct from the farm.

The History of British Food
Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, Trifle, Steak and Kidney Pie, the British Curry…can we link traditional British food to the history of Britain?

A Taste of Wales
The food and flavours of Wales…

Haggis, Scotland’s national dish
What actually is a haggis? Some furry four legged creature or….

Scottish Shortbread
Scottish Shortbread, beautifully gift-wrapped or presented in tartan boxes, is one of the most popular souvenirs to bring home after a visit to Scotland…..

The Cornish Pasty
The famous symbol of Cornwall, the Cornish Pasty was developed as a all-in-one meal for Cornish tin miners….

Yorkshire Pudding
Yorkshire puddings, as the accompaniment to the “British Sunday Roast”, have become such a part of the British institution that they have been nominated their own day of celebration – the first Sunday of February….

The Leek – the National Emblem of the Welsh
Proudly sported every St. David’s Day on 1st March and at every international rugby match, the leek is now widely recognised as the national symbol of Wales. But why is it that patriotic Welshmen and women across the world attach this strong smelling member of the onion family to their clothing? The true origins are now perhaps lost in myth and legend…

Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)
Large numbers of people, often in fancy dress, racing down streets tossing pancakes…yes, it’s Pancake Day again!

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Afternoon Tea

By Ben Johnson

Afternoon tea, a very English custom! Read the history behind this most English tradition; china tea cups, scones, jam and clotted cream…

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