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British Food - Regional Specialities

For many reasons British food has not got the best reputation. Actually, it is not as bad as some tend to think. People in Britain really like to eat out and a lot of occasions like anniversaries and birthdays are celebrated in restaurants.

Afternoon tea
Afternoon Tea

British food

British food
Haggis på en hvit tallerken. Foto.
Roast beef med tilbehør på en hvit tallerken. Foto.

Every part and region of Great Britain has their own speciality. When in Scotland, you should give haggis a try; in Wales, there is no way around lamb with mint sauce; in Northern Ireland, Irish Stew is a “must”; England has its roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding.

Take a look at this extract of a menu from Devonshire in England and answer the comprehension questions (below):

Treat yourself to Dinner in our Devonshire Restaurant
Every day of the week a choice between a 4 course menu for £22.95 or our A la Carte Menu (look below)


Homemade Soup with Roll and Butter £2.95
Welsh Rarebit Taster £3.50
Seafood Platter (Haddock,
Mussels, Salmon and Prawns) £3.50


Special Hot Dish of the Day, please ask
Poached Eggs on Toast £4.50
Deep Fried Granary Mushrooms with Tartare Sauce £4.90
Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon £5.00


Scottish Beef – Rib Eye £6
Calves Liver with Red Onion £4.95
Mixed Grill (Minute Steak, Lamb Chop, Porked Sausages, Smoked Bacon, Mushrooms and Tomatoes) £14.50
Fried Fillet of Haddock with Chipped Potatoes £7


The Speciality of the House: Original Welsh Rarebit made with Devonshire White Ale, served with Mixed Fruit or Tomato Chutney £7

All main courses are served with chef’s selection of vegetables and potatoes or chips or side salad.


Is This True or False?

  1. British food has got a good reputation.
  2. British people like to eat out.
  3. In Scotland it is recommended to eat Irish Stew.
  4. In England they prefer roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding.
  5. People from Wales prefer haggis.

Discuss the Menu

  1. What would you recommend for starters if you are fond of fish?
  2. What would you recommend as a main course from the grill if you want a selection of different meats?
  3. What are the restaurant’s specialities?
  4. What is the most expensive dish on the menu?

Find Out

  1. What are the main ingredients in haggis?
  2. How is Irish Stew made? Find a recipe.


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