I am a complete foodie. I love food and all types of food, especially food with spice, lots of flavours and complexity. Pretty much all the things that traditional British food lacks. Now I’m not hating on British food at all — I have not got to my opinion yet– that is just a fact about British food that is recognized even by British people. And this is coming from a Canadian whose home country’s original cuisine is limited to poutine and Nanaimo bars.
Some say the “lackluster” food comes from the deprivations of two world wars- people learned to live on nothing and it was hard to come back from that. Needless to say the food has vastly improved since then.
So do I think british food sucks? Absolutely not. And any belief that it does comes from an old joke recycled by people who either haven’t tried it, or are just too picky in my opinion.
Britain has mastered the meat pie and is the creator of the favourite fish and chips. Their cakes are often glorious and scones heavenly. Is it the most exciting food in the world? No. Does it pretend to be? Definitely not, and it doesn’t have to. Eating traditional british cuisine is like the ultimate comfort meal. More often than not these dishes are what the brits would call “naughty”, with lots of sugar, butter, gravy, potatoes or bread and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Although my waistline probably would.
Their coffee is pretty awful though.