News: What’s the best British cuisine has to offer?

News: What’s the best British cuisine has to offer?

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

British food is so often the butt of the joke – one famous gag sees the French in charge of cooking in heaven while Brits are doing the cooking in hell.

But while British dishes may not dazzle and delight your taste buds in the same way that Italian or French dishes do, they’re traditional, practical and good enough to stand the test of time, reports Perspecs.

As a nation that takes food rankings with good humour and sense only joking, (remember what happened with crisps?), we thought we’d have a look whether a recent poll into the best of British food hit the spot.

The Claim

The YouGov rankings indicate that if we Brits love anything it’s a good fry up and a Sunday roast.

Yorkshire puddings and Sunday roasts made it to the “god tier”, along with the full English breakfast and bacon sandwiches. They were joined at the top by crumpets and fish and chips as the pinnacle of British food.

The absolute king of the British plate was the Yorkshire pudding – the savoury treat from God’s Own Country that goes perfectly with a roast dinner and makes for an excellent place to store gravy.

Lovely Yorkshire Puddings just out the oven

Meanwhile, at the other end of the list is the “crap tier”, full of things like liver and onion, laver-bread and jellied eels. They’re not exactly the most appetizing dishes, but they enjoy a cult following from those who do like them.

Looking past the jokes, there’s a lot to like about dishes from Britain – though there’s slim pickings for vegetarians as most tend to revolve around meat.

The Counter Claim

As with every time YouGov tries to work out what foods we Brits like best, there’s been a major backlash from people whose favourites ended up near the bottom of the list.

People were furious that the humble pork pie and scotch egg ended up in the “low tier”, garnering less approval than dishes like cauliflower cheese while sitting in the same category as bubble and squeak (boiled potatoes and cabbage if you were wondering).

Pork pies are lovely and scotch eggs are just eggs covered in meat and batter – in what world is that not an improvement on something already close to touching the face of perfection?

Black pudding is a popular part of many people's breakfasts.
Black pudding is a popular part of many people’s breakfasts.

Fry up favourites like black pudding ended up in the “crap tier”, while chefs around the nation will weep that the classic dish beef wellington isn’t much beloved, also nestling in the “low tier”.

The complete absence of sausage rolls from the list also caused an uproar, not least with chain bakery Greggs, with both their meat and vegan versions of the food immensely popular.

The Facts

If you’re wondering why chicken tikka masala is on the list, it’s because the dish is only thought to have originated in the UK (although this is highly disputed).

Some claim it’s from the Punjab region in India, while others say Bangladeshi migrants to the UK who opened Indian restaurants invented it to appeal to British tastes.

The famous story goes that Ali Ahmed Aslam, a Pakistani chef with a restaurant in Glasgow, invented the dish after a bus driver complained that his food was too dry.

Perspecs is a free app that curates the top news stories from a variety of established regional, national and international news sources. Unlike traditional aggregators and news curation services, Perspecs goes a step further and offers readers 3 polarised opinions of the same story.

How these opinions are categorised can vary. For political stories this could be in the form of ‘left’, ‘background’, ‘right’. For review items the categories could be ‘negative’, ‘neutral’, ‘positive’.

Readers often stick to their regular sources of news therefore often only ever seeing one side of a story. Perspecs will give you the opportunity to see things from a different perspective and allow you to form your own informed opinion.

Perspecs will publish 1 edition per day and each edition will be packed with a variety of interesting and sometimes controversial topics. Most importantly, there will be 3 sides to every story.

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YouGov also decided to rank the best sweet foods Britain has to offer, with scones and Victoria sponge in the “god tier” while the deep-fried Mars bar – a cultural and culinary cornerstone of Scotland – was the only thing to end up in the “crap tier”.

Perhaps it’s for the best if we leave that one for another day. Britain can only take so much squabbling over food at once.



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