You know that old legend about English food? That it's terrible, grey, sad, unpalatable? Everyone who ever told you that was a liar or was lied to themselves. And we're here to prove it to you today.

If you think about it, the climate of Great Britain lends itself to warming, comforting foods that go well with big dark beers and crusty breads. How could that possibly be bad? Not to mention the fact that English cuisine brought us HP Sauce -- one of earth's single greatest condiments.

Today, we've compiled some of our favorite, savory, traditional English specialties and a few sweets. We're starting at breakfast and heading on to dessert. We can't stress enough how much your life will improve by giving English food a try. Just make sure to have a good ale on hand, and hungry people to share with.

As always, if we missed your favorite dish, let us know in the comments!

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  • Full English Breakfast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://mondomulia.com/2012/05/11/the-full-english-breakfast/">Full English Breakfast recipe</a> from Mondomulia</strong>

  • Welsh Rarebit

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/09/welsh-rarebit/">Welsh Rarebit recipe</a> from The Pioneer Woman</strong>

  • Cornish Pasty

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodnessgracious.com/2012/07/cornish-pasty.html">Cornish Pasty recipe</a> from Foodness Gracious</strong>

  • Shepherd's Pie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.salad-in-a-jar.com/family-recipes/weeknight-shepherds-pie">Shepherd's Pie recipe</a> from Salad in a Jar</strong>

  • Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/vegetarian-shepherds-pie_n_1062537.html">Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie</a> recipe</strong>

  • Yorkshire Pudding

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplebites.net/cooking-school-how-to-make-perfect-yorkshire-pudding/">Yorkshire Pudding recipe</a> from Simple Bites</strong>

  • Fish And Chips

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://crispybitsnburntends.com/rock-the-newspaper-cone/">Fish and Chips recipe</a> from Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends</strong>

  • Mushy Peas

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://eatandrelish.com/2011/03/15/spring-pea-puree-with-mint-aka-mushy-peas-2/">Mushy Peas recipe</a> from Eat and Relish</strong>

  • Summer Pudding

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://sarahmeyerwalsh.wordpress.com/2008/05/24/a-memorial-day-weekend-favorite/">Summer Pudding recipe</a> from The District Domestic</strong> <em>We know, we know, we're a little late. Consider it something to look forward to next year.</em>

  • Autumn Trifle

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.travelerslunchbox.com/journal/2007/11/18/trifling-with-thanksgiving.html">Autumn Trifle recipe</a> from The Traveler's Lunchbox</strong>

  • Nigella Lawson's Eton Mess

  • And Now, For Your Viewing Pleasure...

    ... a pile of Eton Mess atop a subwoofer. Enjoy!


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