News: Yorkshire puds to Christmas pudding: The ultimate ranking of British food

News: Yorkshire puds to Christmas pudding: The ultimate ranking of British food

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

Yorkshire pudding, crumpets, and scones have come out at the top of a poll ranking the nation’s favourite British dishes.

YouGov pollsters put 50 class British foods to the general public, asking them if they have had them and whether the like them or not.

Both savoury and sweet foods were considered, with everything from Eton mess to chicken tikka masala considered in the survey.

Savoury dishes

YouGov placed the results into a tier, with a ‘God tier’ for foods liked by 80% or more, followed by a top tier for 70-79%, a mid tier for 60-69%, a low tier for 50-59%, and a ‘crap tier’ for anything under 50%.

In the prestigious ‘God tier’ is Yorkshire pudding, Sunday roast, fish and chips, crumpets, a full English breakfast, and bacon sandwiches.

Crumpets are a bit of a surprise appearance, but 81% of those surveyed said they liked them – making them equal with bacon sarnies and full English breakfasts.

The savoury rankings
(Image: YouGov)

Perhaps unsurprisingly jellied eels came out at the bottom, with just 6% of Brits who have tried the East London speciality saying they liked it.

While British food is not well-thought of abroad, a recent study by YouGov found that nine in 10 Brits enjoyed our national cuisine.

This could explain the storming success of crumpets in the survey!

Sweet treats

YouGov also looked at sweet foods, with equally divisive results.

Only two dishes made it to the ‘God tier’ this time: Victoria sponge and scones (no time to debate pronunciation here).

Closely behind were hot cross buns, sticky toffee pudding, bakewell tart, and Eton mess in the top tier.

The sweet ranking
(Image: YouGov)

Right at the bottom were deep-fried mars bars, with only 22% of people who have tried the Scottish ‘delicacy’ reporting to like it.

Welsh cakes and Eccles cakes were also in the bottom three – although there is somewhat of a generation gap, as far more people over 55 (64%) report to like Eccles cakes than younger people (38%).

Some people on Twitter felt that non-English dishes were being unfairly punished, as Welsh rarebit, Welsh cakes, laverbread, and haggis all particularly low on the lists.

 

The responses to the survey have been wonderfully divisive, pitting crumpet lovers against black pudding fanatics.

One Twitter user was horrified to see Yorkshire puddings as a single component on the list.

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