back to top

23 Things To Eat In The UK Before You Die

Best of British.

Posted on

2. Eggs at Cafe Yolk, Reading

Facebook: cafeyolk

"When I first moved to Reading I made it my priority to seek out the best place to head for brunch, and the popular consensus was that Café YOLK are responsible for serving up the best in town. They won South East regional Cafe/Bistro of the Year in The Food Awards England, probably in part thanks to their infamous fry-ups, and as their name might suggest, their incredible eggs. This is obviously the place to go for your eggs benny fix."

Georgie Pursey

Get more Reading food recommendations here.

3. Street Food at Mowgli, Liverpool

Instagram: @verteeee

"This popular northern Indian street food restaurant chain has two locations in Liverpool, one on Bold Street and another over on Water Street. Both have amazing interiors and separate vegan menus that include some mouthwatering dishes that you wouldn't usually find in standard Indian restaurants, including a green ginger and rhubarb dahl and watermelon sorbet."

Kerry Flint

More Liverpool veggie suggestions here.

4. Gelato at Jack's Gelato, Cambridge

Deliciously soft, cold gelato that's perfect for sunshiney days by the river.

Get more Cambridge food recommendations here.


5. Hummus at Humpit, Leeds

Facebook: pg

"If something's worth doing, it's worth doing right – and Humpit do hummus right. Go for a classic bowl of their creamy hummus, served with your choice of toppings (I recommend the spicy salsa) and hunks of fresh pitta bread to mop it all up. Their stuffed pittas are also a great takeaway lunch option if you're passing by the Corn Exchange."

Amy Richards

Get more Leeds food here.

6. A scotch egg at Pint Shop, Oxford

Instagram: @bittenoxford

"This hipster-friendly haunt brings craft beer, Negronis and steak to the city centre, and they dish up some great bar snacks, too. Look out for their trademark runny-yolk Scotch eggs, which are delicious if a little messy for their bearded clientele."

Isaac Parham

More Oxford foodie suggestions here.

7. Sharing plates at 64 Degrees, Brighton

Instagram: @chef64degrees

"Eclectic and ever-changing sharing plates draw the crowds to this buzzing hotspot. This is modern, dynamic and downright exciting food, deservedly dominating Brighton’s restaurant scene."

Rosie Greenaway

More Brighton food here.

8. Burgers at Ruby, Exmouth

Ruby tragically closed in Exeter the other year, but luckily is now selling their infamous burgers in Exmouth. Each one is a juicy delight, and well worth making the pilgrimage for.


10. Jerk chicken at James Cochran EC3, London

This is the first London branch of James Cochran, former chef at two Michelin starred The Ledbury, and it's a cracker. The jerk chicken alone is worth the visit – crunch, spicy and melt-in-the-mouth, it's up there with the best fried chicken I've ever had.

Get more London restaurant recommendations here.

11. Deep fried zucchini at Zucco, Leeds

Instagram: @whipuntilfluffy

"With a menu packed full of Italian delicacies, from seafood to fresh pasta and everything in between, you'd be forgiven for being surprised that the dish everyone raves about is the deep fried zucchini. Don't question it, just order it."

Amy Richards

12. Seafood at Crabshakk, Glasgow

Instagram: @laines_mac

A Glaswegian seafood nirvana laden with oysters, scallops, langoustines and fat prawns dripping in butter. Don't be shellfish – take your friends with you when you go.


13. Pad Thai at My Thai, Leeds

"Authentic Thai food for under a tenner in under ten minutes. Seriously, this place is the bomb dot com. Any of their dishes will hit the spot, but I always think you can judge a place on its Pad Thai – and My Thai's one is delicious. Oh, and definitely order some of the pork dumplings on the side."

Amy Richards

14. Wild mushroom wellington at Milk & Sugar, Cardiff

Instagram: @milkandsugarwindsorplace

"Take a walk around Cardiff castle, then head to Milk & Sugar. Their wild mushroom wellington is to die for. Creamy mushrooms and puff pastry that are perfect on a chilly Cardiff day, served with steaming hot spring greens. If you have room afterwards try the key lime pie, then wash everything down with a large glass of red. Welsh food at its very best."

Abigail Powell

More Cardiff food suggestions here.

16. Charcuterie at Friends of Ham, Leeds

Friends of Ham

"The key is in the name; the guys at Friends of Ham really know their charcuterie so it's definitely worth popping in for an afternoon sampling their meat and cheese selection along with a few choice bevvies."

Amy Richards


17. Oreo Madness freakshake at Coco Gelato, Cardiff

Coco Gelato

"Choosing just one thing from Coco Gelato is hard work. There is so much worth trying if you have a sweet tooth. But their "Oreo Madness" holds a special place in my heart as the biggest and best freakshake I have seen. Not only does it have oreo ice cream, it also has little mini oreos sat on top of a mountain of fluffy cream, as well as pieces of cookie dough to discover."

Abigail Powell

18. Session fries at Patty Smith's, Leeds

Patty Smith

"Come for the best burgers in Leeds, stay for the Session Fries. The burgers are dirty, but these fries are downright filthy – covered in smoked pancetta, pecorino, fried rosemary, pickled chillies, Sriracha chilli mayo and rosemary sea salt. You could share... or you could not."

Amy Richards

19. Yorkshire puddings at The Wig & Mitre, Lincoln

The Wig & Mitre

"The Wig & Mitre is not only a delightful watering hole with original beams and fireplace but also a stellar eatery for pub grub and the finest Yorkshires in all of Lincoln. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, they could challenge Yorkshire's own for best pud."

Gina Clarke

More Lincoln food suggestions here.

20. Pizza at Calabrisella, Cardiff

Instagram: @sophie_ball

"Every single pizza here is good. If you have room squeeze in a mushroom arancini too. And don't judge a book by its cover when you arrive: it may look a little rough round the edges but the food is delicious and staff incredibly friendly."

Abigail Powell


21. Okra fries at Bundobust, Leeds


"When it comes to the Bundobust menu, you can't go too far wrong. Their Vada Pav, Masala Dosa and Bhel Puri are all shining stars but it's the okra fries that you really can't miss."

Amy Richards

22. Grilled Cheese at Grill My Cheese, London

Grill My Cheese

Three words: Macaroni. Grilled. Cheese. The Baby Got Mac (pictured above) has both pulled pork and macaroni cheese and is maybe the best grilled cheese in London.

Get more London toastie recommendations here.

23. Baked goods at The Spotless Leopard, Bristol

Instagram: @nicolejanelle

Sticky sweet baked delights that are all vegan. There are vegan savoury treats on offer too, but c'mon, look at those cinnamon rolls. You know you need them.