These Are Britain’s 20 Best Loved Regional Dishes

By Ellie Smith

10 months ago

Yorkshire puds and Cheddar cheese have struck gold

Is a Yorkshire pudding a crucial part of a Sunday roast? The majority of Brits think so, according to a new survey, which has seen the baked dish voted the best loved regional delicacy in Britain. 

These Are Britain’s 20 Best Loved Regional Dishes

The research, commissioned by social media platform Playsee, polled 2,000 British adults on which regional delicacies they were most fond of. Almost half (44 percent) voted the humble Yorkshire pud as their number one, followed by a joint second place for cheddar cheese from Cheddar in Somerset, and Scottish shortbread in third place.

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Prior to being named by English cookery writer Hannah Glasse in 1747, Yorkshire puddings were simply known as batter, or ‘dripping pudding’. Originally cooked in northern England over a fire, they used to be served as an appetiser to a meal – which might sound like a bit of a hefty starter, but that was indeed the reason behind it. Meat was expensive, so filling up ahead of time meant people would eat less of the main event. 

Other high scorers in Playsee’s survey included Cornish pasties, Bakewell tarts from Derbyshire, and Scotch eggs from Whitby. The Melton Mowbray pork pie came in sixth place with 18 percent, followed closely by Welsh rarebit and Lancashire hotpot.


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So which regional delicacies weren’t so popular? In not so surprising news, jellied eels – an East London specialty – didn’t fare so well, with just two percent of the vote. Cullen skink, a thick Scottish soup made of smoked haddock and potatoes, wasn’t a winner either. 

The survey also reinforced that we’re loving our locals. On average we’re eating out at our neighbourhood favourites four times per month, and 20 percent of those surveyed said they’re eating out more locally now than they did pre-pandemic. But we also like to gatekeep our foodie gems – 25 percent said they kept their discoveries a secret from others.



We’re proud of our national dishes, it seems: 74 percent of people surveyed believe their hometown has some of the best regional cuisine in the country. Saying that, only 27 percent think Brits have great taste in food. 

Here is the full list of the best loved regional delicacies in the UK:

  1. Yorkshire pudding, Yorkshire: 44 percent
  2. Cheddar cheese, Cheddar Somerset: 36 percent
  3. Shortbread, Scotland: 36 percent
  4. Cornish pasty, Cornwall: 34 percent
  5. Bakewell tart, Derbyshire: 26 percent
  6. Scotch eggs, Whitby, Yorkshire: 25 percent
  7. Pork pie, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire: 18 percent
  8. Welsh rarebit, Wales: 17 percent
  9. Lancashire hotpot, Lancashire: 16 percent
  10. Balti, Birmingham: 14 percent
  11. Eccles cakes, Lancashire: 14 percent
  12. Haggis, Scotland: 12 percent
  13. Pie mash and liquor, London: 11 percent
  14. Kendal mint cake, Kendal, Lake District: 9 percent
  15. Newcastle brown ale, Newcastle: 7 percent
  16. Stottie bread, Newcastle: 5 percent
  17. Banbury cake, Banbury, Oxfordshire: 4 percent
  18. Cullen skink, Cullen, Scotland: 3 percent
  19. Stargazy Pie, Mousehole, Cornwall: 3 percent
  20. Jellied eels, East End of London: 2 percent