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English Foods You Must Try While in England

Updated on August 17, 2011
Fish & Chips
Fish & Chips

5. Fish & Chips

You have to try Fish & Chips somewhere in England. I had my first Fish & Chips in Lynmouth.

I've never lived close to fresh seafood and therefore, have never developed a taste for it.  Long John Silver's is as close as I get to Fish & Chips in my part of Texas. 

Fish & Chips in England is much more flavorful and tender.

Scones, Jam and Clotted Cream
Scones, Jam and Clotted Cream

4. Scones & Clotted Cream

I had reservations about trying anything that sounded like coagulated blood. But, I tried clotted cream with scones. It was very nice.

Scones are very much like our biscuits but a little more bland than our biscuits. The clotted cream was very much like a cross between cream cheese and a thick whipped topping.

We bought them at Tesco's and just had them as a snack in the hotel room.

3.Hob Nobs

Hob Nobs are an oatmeal cookie covered in chocolate. They come in a tube like a Pringle's can.

For some reason, we don't seem too big on Oatmeal cookies in the U.S. I love oatmeal cookies.

The King Of Cheeses
The King Of Cheeses

2. Stilton Blue Cheese

A wonderfully flavorable cheese unlike any cheese I had ever tasted. I had my first Stilton Cheeseburger in Lyme Regis.

Stilton is made exclusively in the three counties in England (Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire) from local milk. There are only six dairies licensed to produce this cheese and carries the status of a “protected designation origin” by the European Commission.

It is known as the "King Of Cheeses" in Britain.

1. Cornish Pasty

Not just any Cornish Pasty will do. You have to have one from Cornwall. I had my first at Padstow, a very picturesque seaside town in Cornwall. 

The Cornish Pasty originated in Cornwall when the wives of miners found a way to "pack a lunch" for their husbands by putting an entire meal into a pocket of pastry.  The crimped edge served as a way to seal in the juices and flavors and also gave the dirty hands of the miner something to hold onto to eat it.  One end was filled with fruit while the other end had meat, potatoes and turnips. 

I have attempted to make my own version and have the flavors correct, but have not yet perfected the dough.  I'll keep trying.

Padstow Harbor, Cornwall England

Beautiful Padstow Harbor
Beautiful Padstow Harbor

My Other England-Related Hubs

Click here to see my top 10 list of places you must visit in England.

Click here to read my hub about what it's like being married to an Englishman living in Texas.


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    • KCC Big Country profile image

      Karen Curtis 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Of course they're fattening! LOL That's what makes them sinfully good!'s all about the moderation. :)

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      WE like all 5 foods that you have listed. Trouble is, they are all fattening!

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      Grace Chandler 7 years ago

      I luv fish n chips i like crisps better tho

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I'll have to ask my husband about 'pie, mash and eel'. I have to tell you right now, it's not sounding too promising. Thanks for stopping by !

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      scramblingman 8 years ago

      May I recommend pie, mash and eel. This is a traditional working man's meal which dates back to the 1850's. It is particular to the south of England, and let's just say that it is...intresting!

      Stilton cheese is a personal favourite, add a blob of Branston pickle and I'm in heaven.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I should add that "marmite" is something you can definitely FORGET about trying! It was awful!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      What a great story, Jama. It's definitely something you'll never forget!

      The Cornish pastries are so good, we've actually thought about trying to perfect our own recipe and open up a place making them here. I think Americans would love them. The trick will be to make them cheaply enogh (without compromising quality) and convenient. We love our drive-thrus.

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      Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I had my first afternoon tea in a 1645 former coaching inn near Windsor Castle.  A place I *had* to try after seeing pictures on the web.  Well, what the website didn't mention was the current proprietor was a German woman who barked - yes, barked! - orders (in German) at the two teenage waitresses who'd only arrived from France the day before. (One spoke enough English to impart this information while taking my order.)  It was June, it was warm, so the window behind me was open.  Did I mention I was the only customer at 3:00 in the afternoon? (Can't imagine why...) The music shop across the way was blasting Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" from speakers outside the store. 

      My order arrived.  The cucumbers in the sandwich were about a half-inch thick, the bread was very dry, no mayonnaise or butter to moisten it, so I moved onto the "scones" with clotted cream and jam. Which made me giggle, because for all the hype, it looked like any American drop biscuit with a dollop of whipped butter and jam reversed. (But quite tasty nonetheless.) Meanwhile, the proprietor was still barking at the waitresses in German, they were barking back in French, Carly was still belting out "Vain" at 100 decibels, and I was trying not to burst out laughing.  Definitely *not* the "English experience" I expected, but definitely an experience I'll never forget!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Hubby has made them homemade and you are so right!

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Tesco scones don't count, they fade into oblivion next to the real (home-made) thing!

      Next time, try a tea shop that makes its own?