Go on a food adventure in Britain with our interactive map of regional and national specialties. Here we explore some of the nation’s favourite dishes, and you can hover over each section to learn more about each mouth-watering bite!
Here’s a sample of the regional delicacies mentioned on our map:
Scotland’s national dish conjures great curiosity. The savoury pudding combines meat with onions, oatmeal, salt and spices. Served with neeps and tatties and usually a Scotch whisky, Haggis is the traditional meal of Burns Night.
This Welsh vegetarian sausage is undeniably delicious. The Caerphilly cheese and leek variety is the classic choice and is perfect at breakfast or brunch. Although its origins are largely unknown, the vegetarian sausage grew in popularity during the Second World War as meat was in short supply.
Sometimes called bakestones, these sweet little cakes are the perfect teatime treat. Maddocks’ Tea Room, near Swansea, has even created whisky-flavoured Welsh cakes, made with Penderyn single malt. If you’d like to have a go at baking some yourself, Visit Wales has a traditional Welsh cake recipe to try.
One of Britain’s greatest biscuits, no trip Scotland is complete without bringing home a box. Campbell’s in the small highland village of Callander is the internationally famous bakery that has been producing shortbread since 1830. You can add plenty of different flavours to the original recipe too, as our lemon lavender shortbread recipe shows.
A crumbly white cheese from South Wales, Caerphilly’s cheese is as popular as its castle. Having originated as a sustenance for miners in the region, it now has protected status.
Want the world’s best cheese on toast? Try Welsh rarebit. It’s a savoury mixture of melted cheese and ingredients, such as ale, mustard, and pepper on toasted bread. Also called Welsh Rabbit, a name that originated in the 18th century, the traditional dish is often referred to as rarebit to show that it doesn’t contain meat.
Conventionally eaten in the South West of England, cream tea is a form of afternoon tea involving a combination of scones, clotted cream and jam. According to tradition, the scone of a Devon cream tea should be split in half, with clotted cream covering both sides and strawberry jam on top. Try out our traditional scone recipe if you’d like to have a go at baking the tasty delights at home.
An Arbroath Smokie is line-caught haddock, salted and then smoked-cured over oak chips to create its rich smoky flavour. You will find these Smokies in family-run smokehouses around Arbroath Harbour. Traditional preparation methods date back to the late 1800s and the fish are typically ready to eat after being smoked for an hour or less.
Set your sweet tooth free with some flavoursome, creamy Tablet – fudge’s crumbly cousin. Border Tablet, in Langholm, is a renowned artisan producer of traditional handmade Scottish Tablet and has a delicious range of flavours.