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Great British Grub - Delicious Dishes & Tasty Brands

Updated on January 9, 2015

The British are known for being a bit eccentric, a bit odd-ball-ish, but is bringing it to the dinnertable a bit too far? What are these crazy dish names you've heard of but are too afraid to look up? Is "Toad in the Hole" really...? No, it can't be.

Can it?

Bangers and mash
Bangers and mash

Proper Nosh

  • Toad In The Hole

A true classic. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. Simply cook sausages in a Yorkshire pudding. (See below)

  • Yorkshire Puddings

Nope, gotcha! It's not a dessert. It's a side dish made from batter (flour, eggs, milk), usually served with a Sunday roast - beef, potatoes, gravy and veg.

  • Bangers and Mash

It's only sausages and mashed potatoes, but it works.

  • Faggots (Mr. Brains')

These were an absolute dream before I ventured over to the Veggie Side. It's pork in gravy, but mashed up. I'm not really sure, just whatever you do, don't Wikipedia it. It sounds revolting. I'm pretty sure offal isn't used anymore... In Mr. Brains' anyway!

  • Bubble and Squeak

So you made too much potato and veg for that Sunday roast? No problem! Just pop them into a pan and fry for a while. Yum.

  • Stargazey Pie

All the way from Cornwall, a fish pie. It gets worse... Pilchards are cooked in the pie, but with their heads sticking out so that they are, yep, stargazing.


  • Spotted Dick

You're dying to know. It's very boring, I'm afraid. "Dick" is just pudding and the spots are dried fruit. Sorry.

  • Trifle

Layers of sponge, custard, fruit, jelly and whipped cream.

  • Jam Roly Poly

It's pretty much just a swiss roll. But less appetising.

  • Eccles Cake

Pastry filled with currents. From Eccles, with love.


  • Crisp Butty

    Crisps, Walkers if you want to do this properly, between two slices of bread. Press down on the sandwich until they crunch (this is a safety precaution) and enjoy!

  • Scotch Eggs

This is a hard boiled egg which is wrapped in sausage meat and then coated in breadcrumbs. They sound rather odd, but they're moreish and ideal to take along on a picnic with your lashings and lashings of Ginger Beer.

  • Chip Butty

Oh yes. Smothered in ketchup. Stuff your chips into a sandwich. Now that's perfection.

  • Mushy Pea Sarnie

Marrowfat peas, mushed, in bread.

  • Chicken Parmo

This isn't a snack, it's... well, drunk food. But I didn't feel it deserved to go under "Proper Nosh". A chicken fillet covered in cheese and B├ęchamel sauce. Usually served in a pizza box for an easy bib.

  • Cornish Pasty

A hot pastry filled with minced beef, diced potato, onions, turnip and seasoning.

  • 99

This is a soft "whippy" ice-cream, in a cone, with a Cadbury's Flake sticking out of it.


  • Deep Fried Mars Bar

Part of me really wants to try this - but an even bigger part of me doesn't. Technically Scottish, you go into a chip shop and order a Mars Bar (or take one from your handbag) and they chuck it in the fryer for you. Classy.

  • Cadbury's Giant Buttons

It's like a bag of crisps... But made from chocolate!!

  • Terry's Chocolate Orange

It's shaped like an orange, it even breaks off into segments like an orange... It still tastes of orange - just drowned in chocolate. The tastiest chocolate that can possibly exist. Ever.

  • Boost

It's sort of mushy, but in a good way, with little crunchy bits inside. Very sweet though, you could probably only manage one. Maybe that's why we all have atrocious teeth...


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