Great British Foods Calorie Map

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A holiday in the UK is not only about exploring new places and seeing new sights, but also trying new things. One of the greatest experiences to be had is tantalising your taste buds with some regional delicacies.

We’ve combined holiday activities with regional delights in a Great British Calorie Map to help you stay healthy on your getaway without missing out on new flavours.

If these traditional British foods have got your mouth watering, why not plan a trip to try them?

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Read on to find out more about traditional British food.

Bedfordshire Clanger – 558 calories

Description: A meal and a pudding in one convenient package, a Bedfordshire Clanger is a suet dumpling traditionally filled with meat and vegetables one end and sweetened fruit the other. There are mixed reviews of the clanger, so it’s definitely one to try for yourself.

History: Clangers were traditionally made by women for their labourer husbands to take to eat while working in the fields.

Recipe: Click here.

Burn it off in Bedfordshire: Cycle leisurely for two hours on National Cycle Route 51 and around the Marston Vale Millennium Country Park or hillwalking on Dunstable Downs?

Lancashire Hot Pot – 993 calories

Description: A humble dish which was traditionally made from a mixture of meat and vegetables in a rich gravy, topped with sliced potatoes. The meat was usually mutton, but nowadays lamb is favoured.

History: The origin of this northern classic has been misted by time, but it is thought to have been invented by Lancashire millworkers around the mid-19th century.

Recipe: Click here.

Burn it off in Lancashire: Go mountain biking for an hour and 40 minutes in the beautiful South Pennine Moors.

Haggis – 600 calories

Description: One of the most distinctly Scottish dishes, haggis inspires both disgust and delight, depending on who you speak to. It is a sausage made from a sheep’s stomach filled with a mixture of sheep’s liver, lungs and heart, oatmeal, onion, suet and seasoning. It is usually served with mashed swede and potatoes, more commonly known as ‘neeps and tatties’.

History: Consumed traditionally on Burn’s Night, haggis is thought to date as far back as 423 BC when the first mention of a sausage of this sort was made by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes.

Recipe: Click here.

Burn it off in Scotland: Go for a 20 minute jog along the coast before heading out for a surf on a world class surfing beach for an hour and 45 minutes.

Cornish Pasty – 700 calories

Description: A neat envelope of shortcrust pastry, crimped along one edge and filled with beef, potato swede and onion, although many other varieties are now available of the popular lunchtime snack.

History: The exact origins of the pasty are unclear, but they are usually associated with tin miners inCornwall. It was thought that miners would eat the pasty by holding its crimped edge, but photos suggest that they ate them from one end, held in a paper or muslin bag.

Recipe: Click here.

Burn it off in Cornwall: Spend 40 minutes trying your hand at traditional Cornish dancing then hop in the sea pool at Bude for an hour’s swim.

Try one from Ann's Pasties.

Cream Tea – 495 calories in Devon

Description: A cream tea comprises of a firm cake known as a scone, sliced in half and topped with jam and cream and served with a pot of tea. The order of the jam and cream topping depends on the county you are in. In Devon the clotted cream is first, in Cornwall, the jam.

History: Like many regional dishes, the origin of the cream tea is disputed, but evidence suggests that eating bread with jam and cream dates as far back as the 11th century in Tavistock, Devon.

Recipe:Click here

Burn it off in Devon: Play the front nine or back nine holes in an hour and 40 minutes at the country’s oldest golf course, the Royal North Devon Golf Club at Westward Ho!

Eccles Cake – 345 calories

Description: A round, flaky pastry cake, filled with currants and topped with sugar.

History: Unsurprisingly, the cake is named after the town of Eccles, Greater Manchester. James Birch is thought to have been the first person to sell them in 1793.


Burn it off in Manchester: Spend 40 minutes brushing up your football skills at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

Sources: Calories burned based on a weight of 70kg calculated using, Bedfordshire Clanger –, Macsween Haggis (large serving 285 calories/100g), Traditional Cornish Pasty from Ann’s Pasties, BBC Good Food Lancashire Hotpot, M&S Eccles Cake, Tan Y Castell Welsh Cakes (serving of two)

Posted by Clare on 12th August 2017