If You've Eaten 23/30 of These Foods, We'd Guess You're a True Brit

FOOD & DRINK

Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

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Contrary to popular stereotypes, these days, Britain is full of a variety of wholesome and healthy foods. In any city over about 100,000 people, you can get quality cuisine from any nation, and even smaller towns tend to sport at least one Italian place, an Indian place, something that passes for French, and two restaurants that claim they're Chinese, but only one of them is authentic.

However, this doesn't mean that traditional British foods have all gone the way of the dodo. There was indeed a period when British food was often overcooked slop, and the only places you could get a decent amount of spice was the local Indian restaurant. This was a time memorably satirized by "The Kumars at No. 42" when the core cast "go for an English" and compete to eat "the blandest thing on the menu." All the finest houses and hotels bragged that they had a French chef on staff, and vegetables that were once green and crunchy were regularly served after they had been reduced to shapeless white goo.

Fortunately, these dark days are long past, and British food has upgraded itself to stay competitive. You can now enjoy healthy and modern takes on dishes that are absolutely dreadful when done wrong, but simply divine when correctly cooked. Of course, only a true Brit knows how to get them right, or tell when they've been done right, and you have to be pretty darn British to have the stomach to try many of them! Can you make it to 23 out of 30?

Have you ever eaten toad in the hole?

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Could you make headway against a haggis?

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How often do you eat a lovely Yorkshire pudding?

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Has a Bakewell tart ever passed your lips?

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Could you name the ingredients in an Eton mess?

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Would you care for a cup of tea?

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Might we tempt you with this lovely beer-battered fish and chips?

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Mushy peas. Yay or nay?

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Are you hot for Lancashire hotpot?

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Has a shepherd's pie ever graced your insides?

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How about some trifle?

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This one is hardcore: jellied eels. Can you handle it?

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Does your full English include black pudding?

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We've all had the mash, but have you had the bangers?

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Could you go for a Cornish pasty?

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Have you ever sampled steak and kidney pie?

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How do you feel about beef Wellington?

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Have you ever fallen for some bubble and squeak?

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Spotted dick sounds worse than it is. Have you tried it?

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Rhubarb crumble is a fine seasonal dessert. Have you ever had it?

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Would you ever enjoy a Victoria sponge?

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Do crumpets feature in your past?

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Have you ever known the taste of bread and butter pudding?

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Could you describe a Scotch egg from experience?

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Have you ever had Welsh rarebit?

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Did you give shortbread a chance?

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Have you ever tried scones with jam and clotted cream?

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Have you sampled Edinburgh rock?

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Are kippers on the menu in your house?

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It's the most popular dish in the UK. Have you ever had a chicken tikka masala?

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