The quality of food over here in the UK is often wildly underestimated. With rustic farmyard vegetables, fields of grass-fed livestock and enough cheese to fill a banqueting hall, you’ll never go hungry wherever you are in the British Isles.
When it comes to food, we’re great at growing it. We’re great at cooking it. And we’re REALLY great at eating it.
One thing we’re not so great at is naming it.
Visitors abroad love to laugh at the silly names us brits give our foods. From Spotted Dick to Haggis, there’s a seemingly endless supply if ridiculous foods out there just waiting to be giggled at. And then eaten as fast as possible.
This week, we’re taking a look at weird British food with some even stranger names. Get your fork ready!
Toad in the hole
As a child, I sometimes used to have Toad in the Hole for dinner. The idea of eating frogs grossed me out. However, it just so happens that toad in the hole – essentially just sausages in a giant Yorkshire Pudding – is one of the most delicious things in the world. Don’t miss out on trying it!
Yup. That’s a real thing. Though it sounds more like a character from a fairy tale. Rumbledethumps is a delicious side dish made from cabbage, potato and onion. If you’re making this at home, make sure you cover the top in a good portion of cheese before baking in the oven.
Fruit, suet and, of course, oodles of custard – Spotted Dick is everyone’s favourite dessert. The name probably has something to do with it, too. The ‘spots’ are fairly self-evident, whilst the word ‘dick’ is an ancient term for pudding. Don’t let the name put you off! It’s delicious.
Believed to have originated at the world-famous Eton College, this delicious dessert is often served at cricket matches. It’s just as good around the dinner table, however. It’s sweet, fruity and with a bit of crunch that will keep you coming back for more.
This one sounds a big gross – and, let’s face it, it probably is – but you can’t know how delicious it is until you actually try it. Mucky dripping is a type of gravy made from all the juices left at the bottom of the roasting pan after you’ve cooked a big dinner. Just slather it on your meat and don’t think about it. You won’t regret it!
Bread and Dripping
Aside from Mucky Dripping, base form dripping is essentially pork or beef fat that has been rendered down and left to solidify. If you take out a spoonful and spread it on bread, it’s actually surprisingly tasty. Add some crispy onions on top for a little extra crunch.
This one is just too much fun to say. Periwinkles are a type of tiny edible seasnail that attaches itself to rocks in the ocean. They’re an extremely popular choice for foragers who love to pick them and fry them up with a bit of bread and butter. Lovely.
To try some of the UK’s best grub, check out our Borough Market Tour. Explore London’s oldest food market with an expert guide and sample some ‘proper’ British food along the way, from traditional roast dinners to fresh oysters and high-quality British cheese.