18 Weird And Wonderful British Foods You Need To Try

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1. Bedfordshire Clanger

Half savoury, half sweet, this suet pastry is like that magic chewing gum from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Such is the reputation of the dish, that people from Bedfordshire are nicknamed Clangers. Get the recipe.

2. Cranachan

This Scottish dessert is genius in its simplicity. Whiskey, cream, raspberries and toasted oatmeal are layered in a tall glass. Traditionally, each ingredient is brought separately to the table, so guests can adjust to their own tastes. Incredible. Get the recipe.

3. Cullen Skink

Despite sounding like a character from Bleak House, Cullen skink is a smoked haddock soup from the town of Cullen, in North-East Scotland. Hearty, creamy and wholesome, it blows chowder out of the water. Get the recipe.

4. Chicken Parmo

Not the most elegant of meals, the Teesside parmo is the ultimate drunk food. A breaded chicken fillet, topped with a Béchamel sauce, and a whack of cheese, served in a pizza box. It’s all your carby dreams come true. Get the recipe.

5. Rumbledethumps

How can something made out of leftover cabbage have the cutest name ever? Hailing from the Scottish Borders, this dish is basically bubble and squeak, with added cheese. Get the recipe.

6. Saffron Bun

Still known as ‘Tea Treat Buns’ in their home of West Cornwall, saffron buns are best eaten warm, or toasted with butter and jam. Actually, they’re best eaten full stop. Get the recipe.

7. Stargazy Pie

Fish staring back at you from a pie might not seem especially appetizing, but Cornish chefs know what they’re doing. The elevated heads allow oils to seep back into this pilchard, egg and potato pie. Get the recipe.

8. Sussex Pond Pudding

An entire lemon, hiding in a pastry shell, covered in butter and sugar - the Sussex pond pudding is a thing of beauty. Get the recipe.

9. Ecclefechan Tart

Named for the village of Ecclefechan, near Dumfries, these tarts can be big or small. Pastry, treacly dried fruit, and nuts all combine to create something that makes mince pies look measly. Get the recipe.

10. Lucky Tatties

A soft-fondanty filling with a cinnamon dusting make these strange Scottish sweets worth a shot.

11. Berwick Cockles

Originating in Berwick-upon-Tweed - the northernmost town in England - Berwick cockles are crumbly mints with a red stripe. The original Berwick cockles shop closed in 2012, after 200 years. The sweets are still available online.

12. Soor Plooms

Acid-bright and acid-tasting, these Scottish boiled sweets are not for the faint-hearted.

13. Tablet

Find fudge too soft? Toffee too hard? Step forward, tablet. Made with condensed milk, butter and sugar (literally, that’s it), the Scots know what they’re talking about when it comes to this stuff. Get the recipe.

14. Black Bun

A Hogmanay special, black bun is essentially a mince pie, but in loaf shape. Spiced raisins, peel, ginger and almonds, wrapped in a pastry coat. Delicious. Get the recipe.

15. Hevva Cake

This Cornish raisin cake, has the pilchard industry to thank for its name. Serve with Cornish clotted cream, and a giant cup of tea. Get the recipe.

16. Scouse

This Liverpool dish is where the natives got their nickname. A hearty stew, with no set ingredients (apart from meat and vegetables), it’s more delicious than it looks. Get the recipe.

17. Stottie Cakes

A heavy little loaf from the North-East, a stottie cake is quite doughy in texture. For the real experience, ask for a stottie dip - a stottie cake dipped in the gravy at a fish and chip shop. Get the recipe.

18. Yarg

Cornish yarg is a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese, wrapped in nettle leaves. A variant - wild garlic yarg - sees the cheese wrapped in wild garlic leaves. Do you really need to read this description? Look at the photo! It’s delicious!

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