Traditional London Food
Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to London is complete without tasting the traditional London food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in London to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Black Pudding: sausage made of pork blood.
- Cumberland Sausage: long rolled up home-made sausage.
- English Crumpet: savoury griddle cake made from flour and yeast.
- Fish Fingers: small pieces of battered or breaded sticks made of fish such as cod and haddock.
- Hash Browns: pan-fried shredded potato.
- Jellied Eels: chopped eels boiled in spiced stock.
- Mushy Peas: squashed peas dish.
- Ploughman's Lunch: bread with cheese, pickle and onion.
- Pork rind: the salted and roasted-until-crisp skin and fat of a pig.
- Porridge: oats cooked in milk and/or cream dish (usually eaten at breakfast).
- Sausage Rolls: pork meat stuffed in pastry.
- Steak and Kidney Pie: diced beef and kidney pastry.
- Steak and Kidney Pudding: diced beef and kidney baked in suet crust pastry.
- Toad in The Hole: sausages covered in batter and roasted.
- Yorkshire Pudding: made from batter and usually served with roast beef and gravy.
- English Onion Soup: onions, celery, butter, flour, milk, chicken stock, pepper, nutmeg, parsley.
- London particular: thick pea and ham soup.
- Mulligatwany Soup: spiced Indian soup.
- Mushroom soup: soup made of mushrooms, onions and garlic in chicken broth.
- Oxtail Soup: soup made with beef tails.
- Tomato soup: thick soup made of tomatoes.
- Britannic Coleslaw: light salad as it combines many fresh fruits and vegetables, such as apples, etc.
- Caesar salad: made of lettuce and croutons dressed with Parmesan cheese.
- Coronation Chicken: chicken meat, herbs and spices, and a creamy mayonnaise-based sauce.
- Sweet Potato Salad: sweet potatoes, celery, jalapeño pepper, onion, green bell pepper, sugar, parsley, vinegar, hot sauce, mustard and bacon.
- Bangers and Mash: sausages and mashed potato.
- Beef Cobbler: beef mince with scone dumplings.
- Beef Steak: grilled or pan-fried meat.
- Beef Stroganoff: dish of sautéed pieces of beef served in a sauce with sour cream.
- Beef Wellington: baked beef fillet with mushroom duxelle, parma ham and wrapped in pastry.
- Bubble and Squeak: fried chopped meat and vegetables.
- Chicken Tikka Masala: popular Indian origin curry.
- Corned Beef: a type of salt-cured beef.
- Cornish Pastry: pastry made with minced beef.
- Curry chicken: popular spiced Asian dish served with rice.
- Devilled kidneys: breakfast dish made of lamb's kidneys.
- Faggot: a sort of meatball traditionally made from pork's heart, liver, belly meat.
- Fish Pie: (Fisherman Pie), traditional British dish made from mashed potatoes and white fish.
- Full English Breakfast: Eggs, bacon, sausages, fried bread, mushrooms, baked beans.
- Gammon Steak: ham steak served with eggs, vegetables, gravy or with a fried egg or a slice of pineapple and chips.
- Hash: (Corned beef hash), made of corned beef, potatoes, and spices.
- Jacket Potato: a popular breakfast dish of baked potato served with various toppings.
- Kedgeree: made of smoked white fish, eggs and rice.
- Lancashire Hotpot: (Hot pot), a casserole of meat and vegetables.
- Pie and Mash: a traditional dish served with sauce called parsley liquor.
- Roast Lamb with Mint sauce: typical Sunday Roast dish.
- Roast pork with apple sauce: a common English Sunday roast dish.
- Scouse: type of lamb or beef stew made with potatoes, carrots, onions.
- Shepherd’s Pie: meat pie made with minced beef and mashed potato.
- Smoked Salmon: cured and smoked thin salmon fillets.
- Sunday Roast: roasted meat, roast potato, mashed potato together with vegetable accompaniments.
- Turducken: a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken.
- Apple Pie: pie (or tart) in which the principal filling ingredient is apples.
- Banoffee Pie: pastry-based dessert made from banana, cream, toffee, condensed milk.
- Battenberg Cake: light sponge cake with a distinctive color pattern.
- Cheesecake: made of a topping made of soft, fresh cheese on a base made from biscuit, pastry or sponge.
- Christmas Pudding: a steamed pudding made with flour, breadcrumbs, candied fruits, brandy and beer traditionally served on Christmas Day.
- Crumble: stewed fruit topped with a crumbly mixture of butter, flour, and sugar.
- Custard tart: (Egg Custard tart), baked egg custard filled pastry.
- Eccles cake: small round sweet pastry dessert.
- Eton Mess: traditional meringue cake made of strawberries and cream.
- Flapjack: sweet bar made of rolled oats, butter, brown sugar.
- Hot Cross Buns: sweet and spiced light pastry buns.
- Jaffa Cakes: biscuits made of sponge base, a layer of orange flavoured jelly and a coating of chocolate.
- Jam Roly-Poly: flat-rolled suet pudding.
- Knickerbocker glory: British ice cream sundae.
- Lemon Meringue Pie: made with a crust usually made of shortcrust or shortbread pastry, lemon curd filling and a fluffy meringue topping.
- Mince Pie: small Christmas pastry filled with candied and dried fruits and spices.
- Muffin: A dense, round bread designed for toasting baked in small portions.
- Parkin: soft oatmeal cake.
- Pound Cake: traditional cake made from flour, butter, eggs, and sugar, used in equal measure.
- Rice Pudding: popular rice dessert made with milk, rice and flavoured with vanilla and spices to taste.
- Scone: made of wheat, barley or oatmeal, with baking powder as a leavening agent.
- Sorbet: frozen fruity dessert.
- Spotted Dick: steamed sued pudding made with custard and dried fruit.
- Sticky Toffee Pudding: steamed dessert consisting of a very moist sponge cake, made with finely chopped dates or prunes, covered in a toffee sauce.
- Treacle Tart: pastry-based made with think syrup filling.
- Trifle: a dessert dish made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or gelatin, and whipped cream.
- Victoria Sponge cake: cake made of wheat flour, sugar and eggs.
- Balti: British-style type of curry.
- Doner Kebab: Turkish take-away dish made of thin lamb slices served with salad in pitta bread.
- Fish and chips: battered bread-crumbed fish such as haddock or cod and chips served with salt and vinegar.
- Hamburger: sandwich consisting of a cooked patty of ground meat placed inside a sliced bread roll.
- Korma: sweet lamb curry dish.
- Breakfast roll: a traditional morning snack made with common sandwich ingredients.
- Butty: English sandwich.
- Cucumber sandwich: traditional British sandwich made from thin cucumber slices and white bread.
- Irn-Bru: a popular carbonated soft drink produced in Blantyre, Scotland. it is bright orange in color.
- Lilt: brand of soft drink manufactured by The Coca Cola Company.
- Punch (non-alcoholic): fruit juice, sugar or corn syrup, citric acid, flavors.
- Tea: tea served with milk and sugar to taste.
- Ale: type of beer with sweet, full bodied taste.
- Cider: alcoholic beverage made from apples or pears.
- Ginger beer: carbonated drink that is flavored primarily with ginger and sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners.
- Ginger wine: a fortified wine made from a fermented blend of ground ginger and raisins.
- Lambrini: a brand of light perry.
- London dry gin: a type of distilled gin.
- Pale lager: type of beer made from malted barley.
- Porter: (Stout beer), dark beer.
- Shandy: beer mixed with carbonated lemonade.
- Sherry: fortified wine.
- WKD: vodka-based alcopop drink.
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