Yorkshire Pudding

Not to be confused with a dessert. This is a bread-like savoury side item that is made with a batter, poured into a very hot greased dish and then baked. It’s very popular and known to provoke family feuds for any leftovers. Although Yorkshire puddings are traditionally served with a Sunday roast, you can find it during the rest of the week at a few restaurants:

Two Brewers 40 Monmouth Street Covent Garden WC2H 9EP

The Coal Hole The Strand, London

Spotted Dick

Stop laughing! Dick is a Victorian word that means ‘pudding’, while spotted refers to the raisins that decorate it. See…it’s a real thing! It’s made with suet, currants, raisins, and dates back to 1892. However, you might find its dessert cousin, bread and butter pudding, has taken over dessert menus. Both are always served warm with custard. Custard is like a runny version of vanilla pudding (Jello for Americans). Sometimes this is considered a winter dessert and may not always appear on the menu; other times it’s just listed as a raising sponge, like on the menu at Rules.

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Rules Covent Garden

Eton Mess

Eton is a really fancy boarding school that famous and wealthy kids attend. Princes William and Harry, prime minister David Cameron and so many others were edu- cated here. Eton Mess was served there and takes its name. It’s strawberries, Browns Restaurants

meringue and cream. Some say it’s super sweet. Since the ingredients are pretty simple, it’s not hard to find this dessert listed on a menu in many restaurants.


Scones are the star attraction of after- noon tea. They are firmer than a muffin, sweeter than a Southern biscuit in the United States. Served with strawberry jam and an amazing creation called clotted cream, which is an unsweetened condi- ment that somehow makes you fall in love with it. Scones are quite filling and a great way to curb your afternoon hunger (prepare for a carb coma). If you are wanting to know how to pronounce it, just remember this little rhyme: “It’s not a s-kone, it’s a s-kawn, ‘cause you eat it, then it’s gone!”

My favourite website is where I can find the perfect place for a scone!


Pimm’s is a British alcoholic concoction that is kind of hard to describe. A bit like Southern Comfort, it is neither a bourbon, nor whiskey, nor gin, nor brandy, nor liquor. Yet, it is really delicious. It is served in a cocktail mixture including lemonade (aka Sprite or 7-Up), mint leaves, cucumber slices, oranges and strawberries. It’s the Sangria of the English!

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