8 classic British foods that foreigners find gross

8 classic British foods that foreigners find gross


The flow of food is a mesh all around the world hovering over the sky and reaching beneath the land. The thought of eating makes us salivate, and that brings about innovation and improvisation. All of this has made us enter the era of food technology from the farther flinestone age. We keep trying our hands on bringing out new delicacies from the scratch which might not necessarily end up delicious sometimes.

Just like that, there are a few or maybe more than few food items that might look good and appealing. Click on this link – (Dealvoucherz.com) and get exclusive offers on Food Products.But, as they say ‘It isn’t always the way it appears.’

Laver bread

Describing Laver bread is a task because it has everything but bread. It looks green, slimy and greasy. So, if you have anything similar on your plate right now, run! Just kidding, Laver is a seaweed grown on the west coast of England but is also found in Japan and Korea. It is washed and boiled for several hours before serving. The green slime is considered HEALTHY as it has a lot of vegetable protein, iodine and all the goodness (but no taste!) of vegetables.

Pork Faggots

The original name of the meal was “Faggots” which troubled the Americans. A Pork faggot is a meatball from pig meat mixed with onions and breadcrumbs. The well-known brand Mr Brains was the most popular during WWII and is still sold.  Despite the weird name and its association with homosexuality, the dish is eaten in a large number.

Mushy peas

The dish is just a blend of marrowfat peas soaked overnight and boiled with sugar and salt. Mushy peas are a traditional England side dish served with fish and chips. It looks like a lumpy green mash, more like a green slime (reminds me of Stranger Things). This traditional dish is a must for a Friday night dinner for the Brits.

Toad in the hole

I mean what’s with the Brits and all creepy names? The name sounds familiar to hallucinating people who savor licking toads but who would cook and eat them? The Toad-in-the-Hole has nothing creepy and reptilian but is a simple dish full of pork sausages baked in pudding batter. Clearly, Brits eat a lot of pudding! The final cooked meal looks like a pond full of submerged toads, and that’s where the name comes from yet a lot of checks and cooks believe there’s another kind story behind the origin. The dish dates back to the 1600’s, and over the years, the name has made people stay away from it. The name is a pity as the dish is a tasty and filling savory that people avoid.

Spotted Dick

One of the most popular Britain foods, Spotted Dick has earned the title (pun intended). The humor stricken food product is a sponge pudding. Don’t get me wrong but how amusing that a sponge could be ever related to a reproductive organ, thattook a spotted one! In reality, it is a simple pudding with mixed raisins and dried fruits which are the SPOTS. As far as the latter part of the name is concerned, it is a mystery. Some say the word comes from the German word “ditch” that means thick. Ignoring the weird name, the food inside is delicious, but again, I wouldn’t buy a spotted dick for its name!


Many Brits wrinkle their nose at the thought of French people gobbling down snails mixed with garlic and yet the most significant food tradition of northern England has common periwinkle, a form of sea snail. The look of the slimy snails isn’t particularly appetizing but is considered as a popular treat. They’re served with vinegar or with spices along with winkle-pickers.

Chip Butty

Who else puts chips in bread and calls it a Chip Butty? This dish is a living proof indicating the laziness of preparing an edible meal. A chip Butty is french fries stuffed in a buttered white bread along with some spices and sauces. And yet the Brits call it a sinful but delicious meal. Foreigners find it a dry dish with nothing appealing in particular about the dish, except the name.


A weird Scottish dish named Haggis (sounds more like Huggies) is an acquired taste. Well, let’s look at the ingredients that go into the making of Haggis. It is made from the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep, all minced and mixed with oatmeal, animal fat and onions. The stuff is flavored with pepper and salt, then stuffed in a sheep’s stomach (okay, what?) and boiled for a few hours. The dish looks like someone took away all the right things and the leftovers were used just because someone had to present a meal. And boom, you’re eating it today! The dish was a popular culture in 1500’s during the hardships, yet the trend was carried on with minimal changes in the making.

And the list goes long and far with names like Flies and graveyard, stargaze pie, etc. that a lot of foreigners refrain from eating partly because of the names and partly for the appearance.

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