Great Britain may be making headlines these days with its penchant for fine dining decked out with Michelin Stars, but let's not forget where it all started. These dishes have stood the test of time, continuing to comfort with the familiar flavours of perfected recipes.
Capable of warming souls to the core at first bite or invoking memories of dinner tables past, they're the tasty traditional dishes put forth to represent entire nations. Locals love them and every holiday-maker crossing the border must try them. Here's just a taste of Great Britain's traditional fare.
Breakfast: Full English Breakfast
Lunch: Fish n' Chips
Dinner: Steak and Ale Pie
Breakfast: Full Scottish Breakfast
Scotland offers its own tasty start to the day with its take on the full breakfast. Another gut buster of a plate, it's filled with bacon, eggs, link or Lorne sausage, baked beans, grilled tomato, mushrooms and toast with butter. It's not Scottish, though, until you add Scottish style black pudding and a tattie (potato) scone.
Lunch: Cullen Skink
On a chilly Scottish day, there's nothing more comforting than a wee bowl of Cullen Skink. This hearty dish is a creamy soup made of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions. Some say it's similar to a chowder, but it has a much more smoky flavour and is traditionally served with bread.
Dinner: Haggis, Neeps & Tatties
Haggis is the national dish of Scotland. Along with shortbread and whisky, it's ingrained in the Scottish identity. Like burgers in America and fish n' chips in England, haggis features on nearly every restaurant menu in the country. It comes in many forms – deep fried to fine dining – but it's almost always accompanied by neeps and tatties (parsnips and potatoes).
Breakfast: Eggs and Cockles
When it comes to the first meal of the day in Wales, you won't find the usual full breakfast suspects. The Welsh prefer cockles in the morning. As with most traditional dishes, everyone has their recipe but popular versions consist of sautéed cockle meat and leeks spooned over laverbread accompanied with eggs and bacon.
Lunch: Welsh Rarebit
If you love cheese on toast, you'll love Welsh Rarebit! No one really knows where the name came from, but this traditional Welsh dish takes the humble recipe to new, delicious heights. Think along the lines of a luxurious, velvety cheese sauce spiced with mustard, spread over a thick slice of bread and toasted until bubbly and golden.
Cawl is the national dish of Wales. It's a traditional stew that features potatoes, swedes, carrots and other seasonal veggies. As far as the meat goes, you have your choice. Traditional variations used salted bacon or beef, but more modern takes have adopted lamb and leeks. No matter how you try it, it's a hearty dinner guaranteed to satiate any appetite.
Words: Carlie Tucker