Our Favorite English Recipes

With a bow to the Queen, we humbly present these classic recipes for loyal subjects of the crown and those who love all things from the British Isles.

  • Classic Scones
    Randy Mayor

    Classic Scones

    Sweet and tender scones are a must for afternoon tea, along with clotted cream, marmalade, and biscuits, or, as we call them in the United States, cookies.

  • Pimm's Cup
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Pimm's Cup

    This fruity cocktail is the drink of choice at polo matches and gets its name from Pimm's No. 1 Cup, a British liqueur based on gin.
  • Beef and Guinness Stew
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Pam Morris

    Beef and Guinness Stew

    Guinness is a popular Irish beer that is a descendant of a dark style of beer that originated in London in the early 18th century. The Guinness contributes to the rich flavor and heartiness of this chunky stew.
  • Queen's Puff
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

    Queen's Puff

    With a nod to the English breakfast classics bangers and mash and toad-in-the-hole, we've used leftover mashed potatoes to create a quick and delicious one-dish breakfast.
  • Ploughman's Lunch Platter
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Pam Morris

    Ploughman's Lunch Platter

    A traditional English pub salad made with sausages or sliced meats, cheese, and any combination of mixed lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, coleslaw, or chutney, this dish is always served with soda bread.

  • Beer-Battered Fish and Chips
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Beer-Battered Fish and Chips

    A popular take-out food in Great Britain, this tasty combo consists of pieces of batter-fried fish and fried potatoes that are much like American-style French fries.
  • English Roast Potatoes
    Photo: Alexandra Grablewski; Styling: Lynn Miller

    English Roast Potatoes

    English dishes are often described as being simple and straightforward, and this 4-ingredient recipe for roasted potatoes is no exception. It’s the perfect side dish for roast beef or leg of lamb.
  • English Cottage Pie
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    English Cottage Pie

    Leftover mashed potatoes are mixed with white cheddar cheese to form the top crust for this British pub-food staple.
  • Shepherd's Pie
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Shepherd's Pie

    Shepherd’s pie is a dish of cooked ground meat mixed with vegetables and topped with mashed potatoes. It was originally created as a way to use leftover roast.
  • Spotted Puppies
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Spotted Puppies

    Spotted dog is a British steamed pudding traditionally made with suet and raisins, and it’s also the name for Irish soda bread made with added raisins. This recipe is a soda bread with raisins that is shaped into small rolls, thus the name “puppies”.
  • Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream
    Oxmoor House

    An English Feast Menu

    Prime rib and Yorkshire pudding are the stars of this elegant feast that would certainly be appropriate for the dining hall of an English manor.
  • Cranberry-Orange Trifle
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Cranberry-Orange Trifle

    A trifle is a traditional English dessert made with sponge cake or ladyfingers that are brushed with liqueur and layered in a dish with jam and custard and topped with whipped cream.
  • Black and Tan Brownies
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Pam Morris

    Black and Tan Brownies

    Historically, the phrase "black and tan" referred to the reviled auxiliary force of English soldiers sent to Ireland in 1916 to suppress the Irish rebels. Eventually, a much-loved drink made with half Guinness Stout and half Harp Lager assumed the name, and now this two-toned brownie, with the addition of Guinness, shares the name.
  • Earl Grey Tea Cookies
    Photo: Sang An

    Earl Grey Tea Cookies

    Earl Grey tea is named after a British Prime Minister in the 1830s and is used not only for sipping, but also as a flavorful ingredient in these shortbread cookies. Double your pleasure by nibbling on a cookie while you take your tea.
  • Scottish Shortbread
    James Carrier

    Scottish Shortbread

    Shortbread is a classic Scottish biscuit or cookie that consists of three basic ingredients: flour, sugar, and butter. Although its origins are Scottish, this type of cookie is popular throughout the United Kingdom.
  • English Summer Pudding
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    English Summer Pudding

    This is a low-fat version of the classic English molded desserts that alternate layers of cake or bread, fruit, and custard. Here, the custard has been left out, allowing the fresh berries to take a starring role.
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