British cuisine

culinary traditions of the United Kingdom

British cuisine is the heritage of cooking traditions and practices associated with the United Kingdom. Although the UK has a rich indigenous culinary tradition its colonial history has profoundly enriched its native cooking traditions. British cuisine absorbed the cultural influences of its post-colonial territories – in particular those of South Asia.

Fish and chips, a popular take-away food of the United Kingdom


  • There are in England sixty different religions and only one sauce.
    • Francesco Caracciolo (1752–1799), attributed in Hugh Percy Jones, Dictionary of Foreign Phrases (1922).
    • Similar remarks are attributed to Voltaire (1694–1778) on various occasions.

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