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Understanding British Food Menus

We have all sat in a foreign country and studied a menu and had absolutely no idea what anything meant. Asking staff often gets the reply "a sort of fish" or "meat" and then they may start making unrecognisable animal noises!


You know the food well, but understandably, may not know what all the names are in English.

For simplicity all the words are Keywords that when combined give you a clear idea of what to expect


Through history and the influence of films and TV there are many French and American names used on British menus, so we have included many of these in common use.

If you learn these you will be able to understand 50 - 60% of British menus!