Food in Britain

Carmen looks at the different food that people in Britain enjoy eating and talks about how food in Britain comes from all over the world.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.


Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • What kinds of food do you like?
  • What is your favourite dish?
  • What is a typical dish from your country?

Now, watch the video to find out more about food in Britain.



Carmen: The Chinese introduced oriental food to Britain. But before the Chinese, immigrants from all around the world came to live in London. 

British people enjoy a huge range of food and flavours from other countries.

This is Borough Market, London’s oldest food market. Today, you can find food here from all over the world.

This is Italian cheese. Each group of settlers brought their own food and styles of cooking and people here embraced the exciting new flavours… maybe, because British food wasn’t very good.

Restaurants from all around the world can be found on most British high streets. Indian, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Persian... the list goes on.

But just what are the UK’s favourite dishes?

On the Street: My favourite meal is Thai green curry.

On the Street: One of my favourite meals is... cottage pie with peas.

On the Street: My favourite food is... Chinese.. Chinese.

On the Street: What’s my favourite meal? Still full English breakfast.


Chef: This is a full English breakfast. Tomato, black pudding, sausage, bacon, egg, mushroom.


A big fried breakfast might not be to everyone’s taste. But in Britain, there is something for everyone.

Celia Brooks Brown is a food writer and knows all about food and the future of food in the UK, today.

Mmm! It looks good. What have we got here, Celia?

Celia: Well, this is a British tomato salad with a Yorkshire-made sheep’s cheese. And here we have a Barnsley lamb chop with new potatoes and a mint hollandaise sauce.

Carmen: So is this a sign of developments in British cooking?

Celia: Yes, people want to know where their food comes from. Chefs in restaurants like these are reinventing classic British dishes. They’re using ingredients that are locally sourced and locally grown.

Carmen: So what about world cuisine?

Celia: Well anything goes. Chefs love to experiment with ingredients from different cultures. And we live in a globalised society. It’s very exciting.

Carmen: OK Celia, if you were cooking these dishes at home, what ingredients from different cultures would you use?

Celia: Well, I might use something like this. This is a Moroccan spice mix called Ras el Hanout. Have a sniff.

Carmen: Hmm. That’s really strong.

Celia: Lovely, isn’t it? Now, this might make a lovely spice rub for that lamb chop.

Carmen: I can’t wait to taste this.


The food in Britain reflects the many different cultures here. But some of the old favourites are here to stay. I’m off for my favourite, fish and chips. Want a chip?

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Submitted by May Thida Su on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 15:34

Hello ! Dear Team , I have a question: what means "....embraced the exciting new flavours. "?

Hello May Thida Su,

'embrace' means to happily accept something. The people there were happy to try foods from different places.

I'd encourage you to look up words in the dictionary when possible.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish

Submitted by Veromejia on Mon, 14/12/2020 - 21:17

Hello! My name is Verónica I'm from México. Thank you for sharing this video it's so interesting to know different kinds of food around the world and the cuisine of Britain I think in all world you can find different kind of food, nowadays it's multicultural and it's the opportunity to mix new flavors and reinvent the cuisine. My favorite food is Italian and Mexican. I like the different kinds pasta a desserts and the variety of different flavors .In my opinion eat it's one of the most pleasure of the life.

Submitted by PMO on Tue, 10/11/2020 - 10:29

Thanks a lot for this episode. My favourite meal is Francesinha, is a typical Portuguese dish, more specifically from Porto. This meal takes bread, cheese, meat, sausage and a fabulous sauce. Many people likes eat this meal with french fries and drink a beer. Regards, Paulo

Submitted by Bruno2020 on Thu, 09/07/2020 - 01:22

Thank you for those episodes! I really hope one day, I go to a tipic british restaurant in London!

Submitted by silangit on Wed, 05/12/2018 - 01:19

Hi Teacher, Let's have a look at this sentences " Restaurants from all around the world can be found on most British high streets". My question is, why "the" article is missing at " on (the) most British,...,"?

Hi silangit,

In this sentence 'British' is an adjective. The noun is 'high streets'.

When we are talking in non-specific terms about plural things (i.e. about 'most high streets' not about particular high streets), we do not use an article.

If we were talking about a particular group of high streets then we could use an article but it would come before the moun, not before 'most':

...most of the high streets in this part of London...



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Dania92 on Fri, 27/07/2018 - 10:17

hi i am Dania from Syria I enthsiastic about trying new food and flavours i hope i can travel more to taste new food by the way i like home made food in my country the traditional food is based on fresh ingredient

Submitted by Vitru on Thu, 15/06/2017 - 21:45

I love this type of food market, I love eating through a huge range of stand. Unfortunately, I've never been to Borough Market and I hope to go there as soon as I can even for trying something new. A similar food market it's in Camden Town, I don't remember exactly the name of it but I remember that it's very exciting and obviously in Camden, you can amuse as much as you want!

Submitted by ayka91 on Thu, 25/05/2017 - 11:44

Hi team .I did not understand when we can use " close by ". And synonym please .Thanks very much indeed.)))))

Submitted by Anne-flo450 on Mon, 10/04/2017 - 14:49

Hello! My name is Anne and I'm Reunionese (from Reunion Island, France). Thank you for this interesting and amazing video :) I want to share with you my favourite food. So, I like Indian food that I find it very tasty and spicy. My favourite dish is Fish Curry. In my island, two of our typical dishes are Goat Curry and Rougail Saussice ( a preparation with sausages, tomatoes and some spicies). If someone is interested by know the recipes of these two dishes, you can ask me :-) Thanks you for attention.

Submitted by Sofya203 on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 08:46

Hello! I'm from Kuzbass, Kemerovo! My favourite dish is the risoto. I love when there are a lot of spices. And I love the sweet and this custard waffie!!! Thank you!Good luck evereone!

Submitted by Marina_Scherback on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 08:23

Hello. My name is Marina. I'm from Russia, Kuzbass. I want to say that information in the video very intresting. And I want to tell you about my favourite food. It are apples, mandarines, strawberry, patatoes with chiken or sausage and borscht. Good luck!

Submitted by vee1996 on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 08:22

Hello! I'm from Siberia! Thank you very much indeed for this video! This video really useful for me, because i like eat! :) I enjoy Italian and Russian cuisine, of course. My lovely dish is Italian pizza. Thank you for attention!!!!!!!!!!:)

Submitted by sergeicka on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 08:20

Hello from Russia! I like Turkish food becouse its very tasty! My favourite dish is dolma.

Submitted by linaarstim on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 08:20

Hello!I'm from Kemerovo Thank you very much for videos materials. Ilike home made food very much. Because, its delicious and it's healthy in a way that you know what ingridients were used while making it. I don't like fastfood because it's a very harmful food. Most of all I love to cook "Caesar" salad with shrimps. And I love tatar cusine, for example:" azu" and "chak-chak" Thank you for attention!!:)

Submitted by Olya Dmitrieva on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 06:42

Hello! I want to say thank you for this amazing video! I'm from Russia and i really like our national food. Of course, borshch is my favourite meal. However, i'd prefer Norwagian food. Fish is my weakness. And i advise you eat more fish. Thanks!

Submitted by Kondrashova on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 06:41

Thank you very much indeed. This video is very interesting and useful. I love cooking and I like eating food.I always try to find some new recipes and cook it. My family like how I cook. At the all holidays l surprised my relatives. Some of the popular dishes in my country Russia are borshch, pelemene, salo, vegetable's salad. And my favourite one is fried meat.

Submitted by shevelevavn on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 06:41

Thank you very much indeed for this video. It is very interesting and useful. I am from Russia. In my country people likes national food. for example borshch. In Russia peoples very likes a bread. They are eatings bread with oll dish. I like Ukrainian, Italian and of course Russian cuisine. My favourite foods are soup, meat, salad and others. In the morning i like eating porridge with fruit. For lanch - chiken with rice, and for dinner - yoghurt with fruit. Thank you for you site!!

Submitted by bananas on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 06:40

It's very interesting and useful for my English! Thanks! I'm from Siberia and we likes very different food (not only borshch orpotsticker). We have different kinds of cuisine. I often delivery Italian pizza, but my friend adores Japanese foods (for exampl rolls). She can eats it every day! But my day always starts with light breakefast (for example mush or bread and butter) and binding upon coffie or somertimes very hot tea. I don't imagine my life without meat. I never will be vegetarian.

Submitted by Tanya2017 on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 06:40

Thank you very much for video materials. It is very interesting. I'm from Siberia. We like nourithing, delish food. Siberian food are ravioli, cabbage rolls, borshch and etc. Аlso, every families eat potato or mashed potatoes. About potables, for example my mam boils compot of dried food. Russian people eat all foods with bread usually. Espeсial, people like hot baiking: roll, bread, baton or roll with meat, for example samosa, hencoop, snack with ham. Salad "dressed herring", "olivier" use special popularirty among Russians. Thank you for attention.

Submitted by HelenaKira on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 06:39

Thank you very much for these videos. This is such a great way to improve your English especially if it's not your mother tongue. So I really like home made food. Because, firstly its delicious, secondly it's healthy in a way that you know what ingridients were used while making it. I'm not a fan of fast food because it's high in calorie, fat, carb and also makes your stomach hurt, makes you weak. I absolutely love georgian and chinese cuisine. As an Armenian i would like to suggest you to try armenian food. Its very tasty. Specially "tolma" also known as "dolma" in Middle East for example. Its made of beaf with rice and different spices and wrapped in grape leaves. If it's cooked properly it's gonna taste amazing. There are plenty of other Armenian meals you can try and trust me you won'y be disappointed:)

Submitted by l-liza on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 06:36

Thank you very much indeed. This information was pretty interesting for me, I really enjoyed the video. I like different kinds of food. I'm fond of Thai and Chinese cuisine 'cause it really tastes as good as it looks! By the way, I like our (Russian) national food too. It's kinda specific but tasty as well. My favourite one of Russian food called 'vareniki'.