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This is a list of prepared dishes characteristic of English cuisine. English cuisine encompasses the cooking styles, traditions and recipes associated with England. It has distinctive attributes of its own, but also shares much with wider British cuisine, partly through the importation of ingredients and ideas from North America, China, and the Indian subcontinent during the time of the British Empire and as a result of post-war immigration.[1][2]

Ingredients that might be used to prepare these dishes, such as English vegetables, cuts of meat, or cheeses do not themselves form part of this list.

English dishes

Name Image First known Savoury/
Region of origin Description
Bedfordshire clanger 19th century[3] Savoury and Sweet Bedfordshire Suet crust dumpling with a savoury filling one end, sweet filling the other. The savoury filling is usually meat with diced potatoes and vegetables. The sweet filling can be jam, cooked apple or other fruit.
Bangers and mash 410 at latest (Roman Britain: sausages)[4][5] Savoury National[6] Mashed potatoes and sausages, sometimes served with onion gravy or fried onions. Note that while sausages may date to the time given, potatoes are from the Americas and were not introduced to Europe until the 16th century.
Beans on toast Savoury National Tinned baked beans, heated, on toasted sliced bread.
Chicken tikka masala 20th century[7] Savoury British Asian dish. Pieces of chicken tikka in a spiced creamy sauce
Cobbler 19th century, perhaps earlier[8] Savoury or Sweet National, from British American colonies Fruit or savoury (e.g. beef) filling, covered with a scone mixture and baked
Beef Wellington 1939[9][10] Savoury National Beef cooked in a pastry crust
Black peas Savoury Lancashire Purple podded peas soaked overnight and simmered until mushy
Black (Blood) pudding 800BC (in The Odyssey)[11] Savoury National[a] Blood sausage
Bubble and squeak Savoury National[6] Fried mashed potato with cabbage; often made from leftovers
Cauliflower cheese Savoury National Cauliflower in a thick cheese sauce
Cottage pie,
Shepherd's pie
1791[12] Savoury National Meat, minced or in pieces, with mashed potato crust
Cumberland sausage Savoury Cumberland Long sausage
Devilled kidneys Savoury National [13][14]
Faggots 1851[15] Savoury Midlands Meatballs made from minced off-cuts and offal, especially pork (traditionally pig's heart, liver, and fatty belly meat or bacon) together with herbs for flavouring and sometimes added bread crumbs.
Fish and chips 1870 approx.[16] Savoury National[6][17] White fish fillets in batter (or egg-and-breadcrumbs), deep fried with potato chips
Full English breakfast 1861[b][18] Savoury National A selection of fried foods such as sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, bread, tomatoes; options include kippers, baked beans
Game pie Savoury National
Groaty pudding 1805[19] Savoury Black Country Soaked groats, beef, leeks, onion and beef stock which are baked together at a moderate temperature for up to 16 hours.
Hog's pudding Savoury Devon, Cornwall
Hot cross bun 1361 Sweet Hertfordshire
Jellied eels Savoury East End of London
Kippers Savoury National Smoked split herrings
Lancashire hotpot Savoury Lancashire Meat stew with carrots, potatoes, onions
Lincolnshire sausage Savoury Lincolnshire
Liver and onion/Liver and bacon Savoury National Pictured is liver and onions
Pasty 13th century[20] Savoury Cornwall, National Pastry shell filled with meat and potatoes
Pease pudding Savoury North East Split peas or lentils cooked until soft and thick
Pie and mash Savoury National
Ploughman's lunch 1950s Savoury National Typical British lunch consisting of bread (normally buttered), cheese, onion, and sometimes pickle.
Pork pie 1780s[21][22] Savoury Melton Mowbray, National Cylindrical pie filled with pork and meat jelly
Potted shrimps 19th century or earlier[23] Savoury Lancashire (Morecambe Bay) Shrimps preserved under melted butter
Rag pudding Savoury Lancashire (Oldham) Minced meat with onions in a suet pastry, which is then boiled or steamed.
Scotch Egg Savoury National A boiled egg which is wrapped in sausage, then breadcrumbs and deep fried
Stargazy pie 20th century Savoury Cornwall Fish pie with sardines poking out of the piecrust, looking at the stars
Steak pie 1303[24] Savoury National Beef and gravy in a pastry shell. Can also include ingredients such as ale, kidney, oysters, potato and root vegetables
Steak and kidney pie Savoury National[6] Beef, kidneys and gravy in a pastry shell.
Steak and kidney pudding 1861[25] Savoury National Suet pudding filled with pieces of beef and kidney in thick gravy
Steak and oyster pie, See Steak pies
Stottie cake Savoury North East England Heavy flat bread
Suet pudding 1714[26][27] Savoury or sweet National Steamed pudding made with flour and suet, with meat or fruit mixed in
Sunday roast 18th century Savoury National Roast beef 1700s,[28] Yorkshire pudding (1747),[29] roast potatoes, vegetables. Roast beef with Yorkshire pudding is a national dish of the United Kingdom.[6]
Roast lamb with mint sauce Savoury National
Roast pork with apple sauce Savoury National
Shepherd's pie, see Cottage pie
Toad-in-the-hole 1747;[30] 1788[31] 1891[32] Savoury National[6] Sausages cooked in a tray of batter
Welsh rarebit Savoury National Melted cheese on toast
Yorkshire pudding 1747[29] Savoury Yorkshire, National Souffle batter baked in very hot oven.
Panackelty Savoury Sunderland Slow-baked meat and root vegetables
Parmo Savoury Middlesbrough Chicken or other cutlet in breadcrumbs
Scouse 1706[33] Savoury Liverpool and other seaports, from Northern Europe Lamb or beef stew with potatoes, carrots and onions, cf Norwegian lobscouse
Apple pie 1390[34] Sweet National[c] A pie crust, whether all round or only on top, with a filling of sweetened apple
Arctic Roll Sweet National
Bakewell tart 20th century[35] Sweet Derbyshire Pastry shell filled with almond-flavoured sponge cake on a thin layer of jam. Developed from 1826 Bakewell pudding[36]
Banoffee pie Sweet Hungry Monk Restaurant, East Sussex Pastry shell filled with bananas, cream and toffee
Battenberg Cake Sweet National
Bread and butter pudding Sweet National
Butterscotch Tart Sweet National
Christmas pudding Sweet National
Eccles cake 1793[37] Sweet Greater Manchester Flaky pastry with butter and currants
Eton Mess 19th century[38] Sweet Berkshire (Eton College)
Eve's pudding Sweet National
Fool Sweet National
Gypsy tart Sweet Kent[39]
Cornish Hevva Cake Sweet Cornwall
Jam Roly-Poly Sweet National
Jam Tart Sweet National
Knickerbocker glory 1920s[40] Sweet National; possibly from New York[40] Ice cream sundae in a tall glass, often with nuts, fruits, meringue, and chocolate sauce; served with whipped cream and a glacé cherry
Lardy cake Sweet
Madeira cake Sweet National
Mince pie 1624 Sweet National Usually small pastry shells filled with sweet mincemeat; since Early Modern times actual meat omitted
Parkin Sweet Yorkshire
Pound cake Sweet National
Queen of Puddings Sweet National
Saffron cake Sweet Cornwall
Scones Sweet National Small bread-like cakes often with raisins
Spotted dick 19th century[41] Sweet National Pudding with suet pastry and dried vine fruits, usually served with custard
Sticky toffee pudding Sweet National
Summer pudding Sweet National
Sussex pond pudding Sweet
Syllabub Sweet National Cold dessert made with cream, alcohol and sugar, often with citrus flavouring
Trifle Sweet National Cold dessert with varied ingredients, often sponge fingers and fortified wine, jelly, custard, and whipped cream, usually in layers
Treacle tart Sweet National Pastry shell filled with thick sweet treacle mixture
Victoria Sponge Cake Sweet National

See also


  1. ^ But also traditional across Europe in both Latin and Germanic countries from Portugal in west to Lithuania in east, and from Italy in south to Sweden in north.
  2. ^ Date is for Mrs Beeton's book, but not exactly the breakfast eaten today.
  3. ^ Apple pies are also found in North America, Netherlands, Germany, Scandinavia.


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  2. ^ Dickson Wright, Clarissa (2011) A History of English Food. London: Random House. ISBN 978-1-905-21185-2.
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  4. ^ Hickman, Martin (30 October 2006). "The secret life of the sausage: A great British institution". The Independent. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
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