All countries and cultures have their share of weird national foods. The UK is no different. There are some really Weird British Foods! From the Scottish Haggis to the regionally loved Black pudding the list could go on. However, we decided to round up some British meals that are truly weird and maybe, if you are feeling adventurous, worth a try when you next visit the UK.
Top 5 Weird British Foods:
Haggis is a Scottish dish that is made from the heart, lungs, and liver of a sheep. Salt, onion, and spices are then added to it and the mix is encased in the sheets stomach! Potatoes and vegetables usually accompany it. We know what your thinking: yum. However, depending on where you go to have it you can get in different ways. For example, people have it in burgers, sandwiches with mac and cheese and more!
We recommend having it at Boisdale of Belgravia. Scottish dishes are a specialty at this restaurant and bar! They also have premium whiskeys and live music! It will definitely be worth the trip!
- Address: 15 Eccleston St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9LX
The British love Black Pudding. In fact, they love it so much that is is often included in their “Fry Up” breakfast. Which also has: eggs, bacon, beans and toast. Black pudding is a sausage made from congealed pigs blood and oatmeal. It can be cooked in different ways but very often it is served fried.
If you are in London and want to try it you can have it with a traditional English Breakfast at The Breakfast Club! It’s delicious and served all day!
- Address: 11 Southwark St, London
This one is definitely the least weird of all but it still has us asking: how did people come up with these things? Scotch eggs are usually fried, the breadcrumbs on the outer layer are crispy and cover the sausage meat that surrounds the Freshly boiled egg. Its a quick and easy snack to have and it is great to have alongside your drinks in a pub!
We recommend trying it at Scotch Tails at Borough Market. They specialize in it and serve it with all types of different sausages and condiments! It is also a cheap and easy snack to enjoy while exploring the market!
- Address: Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London
Yep. These are literally jellied eels. The dish consists of chopped eels that are boiled in a fish broth made from vinegar, water, lemon, and other spices. When it cools the liquid around the eel becomes a more solid and jelly-like substance. It is served cold.
We recommend trying it at F Cooke. They have been making jellied eels for years so they know what they are doing.
- Address: 9 Broadway Market, London
Spotted Dick/ Spotted Dog
Filled with flour, current and Suet, this English pudding (or dessert) is hard to find today! There are still some spots though that serve it! Oh! Did we mention that Suet is beef and mutton fat mixture? Don’t worry, when they add that decadent custard sauce you won’t even remember what’s in it! As for its, let’s say, original name, there is speculation on the various ways it may have come to be. One is that it is just the German word for thick (dick) due to its consistency.
We recommend trying it at Dean Street Town House. They often have it in their traditional British Cakes selection at their afternoon tea!
- Address: 69 – 71 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3SE