BRITISH SLANG FOR FOOD AND DRINK
British food may not be as popular as French or Italian cuisine but it definitely has its own charm. That being said, it can be tricky to navigate British slang for food and drink.
In this post you will find some of the most popular slang words for food and drink in Britain today. Try to use these when you travel to sound more native and natural with your English! Locals will be impressed with your efforts and you will feel confident expressing new ideas in English.
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“I’d like a pint of lager, please.”
This is a necessity for anyone looking to visit the famous English pubs.
Instead of asking for a drink of beer or indeed a glass of beer, locals will ask for a pint of their favourite drink.
If you want a smaller drink, you can simply ask for a half. Don’t be afraid of these words, they are commonplace and will help you to fit into the environment around you. People working behind the bar will be waiting for these words in your speech.
“I’m going to the chippy, what are you having?”
It’s the mainstay of British food culture, the chip shop. You simply must make a trip to the local chippy wherever you are in Britain.
Surely everybody in the world knows fish and chips to be the most notorious of all dishes in Britain. It’s generally cheap, it’s greasy and it tastes great! If you haven’t tried some proper fish and chips from a chippy then you are definitely missing out.
“What fizzy have you got? I don’t want water.”
You’ll need this uniquely British word to help you when ordering drinks.
Fizzy is a word that is used to describe all carbonated drinks. You can use it for cola, lemonade and anything in between. To remember this one, think of the fizz that you feel in your throat when you drink one of these drinks.
“I’ll have a builder’s tea, nice and strong.”
Another quintessentially British custom, the cup of tea.
Now, in Britain there are many ways that one can have a cup of tea. You can ask for a weaker cup of tea with lots of milk and you can even have it black with no milk whatsoever.
If you’re feeling brave and you want to experience something different, ask for a builder’s tea. Traditionally, this was used to describe the low quality tea that labourers would drink. Over time, this has morphed into meaning a strong cup of tea with just a splash of milk.
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