The end of bubble and squeak? Traditional British meals are 'dying out' because diners 'prefer foreign favourites'

Meals like toad in the hole (left) and Lancashire hot pot aren’t as popular as they used to be (Rex)

Traditional British dinners could soon be off the menu entirely, as Brits now officially prefer imported favourites such as Italian and Chinese to homegrown dishes.

Researchers have discovered a staggering 91 per cent of the nation now favour ‘world food’, with a further 73 per cent saying the days of us sitting down to a dinner of meat and two veg are pretty much over.

And according to the research by Deliveroo, many much loved favourites could soon be consigned to the history books, with 70 per cent of modern Brits having never tasted traditional British dish devilled kidneys (lamb kidneys cooked in Worcester sauce and mustard butter).

Only 30 per cent of Brits have eaten devilled kidneys (Rex)
Steak and kidney pudding isn’t the mealtime favourite it used to be (Rex)

54 per cent have never known the joy of liver and bacon, 53 per cent haven’t tried faggots and a further 36 per cent have never sampled steak and kidney pudding.

In fact, Brits eat at least five meals a week which have a foreign influence, but only tuck into three traditional British lunches or dinners.

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According to the poll, the nation’s favourite food is officially Italian, with 30 per cent of Brits saying it is the cuisine they most enjoy, followed by Chinese (21 per cent), Indian (14 per cent) and Mexican (10 per cent)

Italian food is now the nation’s favourite (Rex)

But amazingly, almost two in 10 modern Brits have never eaten Shepherd’s Pie, a quarter (24 per cent) haven’t tasted fish pie and 65 per cent are unfamiliar with the classic smoked haddock, rice and egg dish, Kedgeree.

And that’s not all: 55 per cent of us have never tried suet pudding, 34 per cent have lived a life without bubble and squeak and more than one in three have never sampled a traditional Lancashire hot pot.

Lancashire hot pot is falling out of fashion (Rex)

But when asked what their favourite dishes were, 68 per cent of those polled said pizza, while 47 per cent voted for curries, 40 per cent said spaghetti bolognese and 38 per cent said Asian inspired dinners like stir fries were their all-time favourite.

When quizzed on why Brits felt traditional food is losing favour in place of more exotic dishes, over half (55 per cent) said the ease of being able to order any food from around the world, while 43 per cent said they were better travelled so their culinary horizons had been broadened.

23 per cent of Brits have never eaten toad in the hole (Rex)

15 traditional British meals that could soon be consigned to the history books

1. Devilled kidneys (70 percent of Brits have never tried it)
2. Kedgeree (65 per cent)
3. Potted shrimps (59 per cent)
4. Suet pudding (55 per cent)
5. Liver and bacon (54 per cent)
6. Faggots (53 per cent)
7. Steak and kidney pudding (36 per cent)
8. Lancashire hot pot (34 per cent)
9. Bubble and Squeak (34 per cent)
10. Gammon and pineapple (29 per cent)
11. Fish pie (24 per cent)
12. Toad in the Hole (23 per cent)
13. Ham, egg and chips (21 per cent)
14. Mince and potatoes (19 per cent)
15. Shepherd’s Pie (15 per cent)