People have ranked classic British cuisines and it's causing controversy

YouGov has just released its latest poll on the best classic British foods.

Ranking sweet and savoury foods from God tier to crap tier, the survey found that Britons generally enjoy the national cuisine.

The surveyors asked Brits to rank 50 iconic meals including fish and chips, crumpets, haggis, cakes, pies and more.

It found that the highest ranked savoury items were Yorkshire pudding, Sunday roast, fish and chips, crumpets, a full English breakfast, and a bacon sandwich.

In the top tier were bangers and mash, cottage pie, and shepherd’s pie.

Though most of us can probably agree that something as delicious as bangers and mash should probably be higher.

The chart, which YouGov called ‘distressingly beige’, showed that the popularity of Yorkshire puddings – whether for Christmas dinner or a Sunday roast – tops the savoury list, with 85% of Britons in favour of the delicacy.

They are followed closely behind by Sunday roasts and fish and chips, with 84% of people having a taste for it (can’t blame them).

While crumpets might not be everyone’s cup of tea, the staple is enjoyed by 81% of people.

Mid-level tiers include toad in the hole, cauliflower cheese, Cornish pasty, pie and mash, Ploughman’s lunch, Welsh rabbit, and though not exactly British, a chicken tikka masala.

Downvoted by Brits were bubble and squeak, beef wellington, scotch egg, Lancashire hotpot, pork pie, and steak and kidney pie.

At the bottom of the pile were jellied eels. A mere 6% of those who have ever tried the gelatinous East London cuisine said they enjoyed it.

Other crap tier meals include black pudding, liver and onion, and Scottish staple – haggis.

On the sweet chart, British favourites are Victoria sponge and scones, though we still haven’t agreed on how to pronounce them.

Hot cross buns, sticky toffee pudding, Bakewell tart, and Eaton mess came second.

Towards the bottom were Battenberg cake, spotted dick, Christmas pudding, Eccles cake, and Welsh cakes.

Deep-fried Mars bars won very few people over.

Only 22% of those who have ever consumed the battered treat say they enjoyed the experience (a figure which rises to 30% in Scotland).

YouGov reported that there were generational and gendered differences in both charts.

When it comes to savoury foods, more men enjoyed the low and crap-tier foods including steak and kidney pie and black pudding.

Male and female opinion is less divided on desserts, with the biggest difference being the 75% of men preferring Eton mess to 64% of women.

Generational differences also show that young people (18-24) have less tolerance for old classics like liver and onion, with just 15% of them liking it compared to 58% of older Brits.

Similarly, older people also have a taste for traditional British dishes like Christmas pudding, spotted dick, Eccles cake.

But of those who tried it, younger people enjoyed the deep dried mars more (47%) than older people (7%).

Probably all that sugar.

Do you agree with the charts?

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