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10 foods Brits hate, despite never having tried

We are all guilty of it but what food do you blindly hate?

41w ago

I thought it was a childhood thing. When you declare you don't like something and absolutely will not budge on the matter. That's fair enough if you have tasted said atrocity and not liking it is just a fact, but often kids haven't even tried the item they hold in such disdain.

I've overcome a lot of mine: the majority of vegetables, for example. But there are some foods I still stubbornly claim to hate without them ever having passed my lips, and I'm not the only one.

Here are the top 10 things Brits hate but haven't tried:


This divisive crustacean is the stuff of real nightmares, for some, but for others it's absolutely divine. From a basic prawn cocktail to the tiger prawns in your surf and turf, you can find them everywhere. But for some, they only want to find them in the bin.

Maybe it's the eyes?

Cottage Cheese

There are a number of reasons you might hate cottage cheese. Anyone who has ever seen it being made will instantly love it less, for a start, but the texture really is something like nothing else out there.

Then there is the fact that the term is used to describe a number of different medical ailments... no thank you!


This is a very broad category. Tempura is the name given to a Japanese style of deep frying foods, including meat, fish, the dreaded prawns, and veg.

There are some who would argue that Mars Bars and Creme Eggs should be on that list, but that's a distinctly un-Japanese thing.

Regardless, it's just batter - what's not to like?


Guilty! I have never tasted an olive and nor will I! For me, it's very much a texture thing. They are squishy like eyeballs or jellyfish and I just can't get on board with that.

For some, these could taste like all their favourite things combined and we would be blissfully unaware.


These are little pickled cucumbers. There are sweet varieties but most are pickled in vinegar for a bit of tang. Doesn't sound particularly frightful!

There is a certain stigma to eating them though. There is always one person in a group of friends who will gather the gherkins off everyone else's burger, as the only person who likes them, and that person never hears the end of it.


I'm not sure enough people in the UK have tried lychee for this to have arisen as something we don't like, but it's on the list.

That said, there is a good chance people have seen its squishy interior and made their decision then and there. It tastes fruity, yet aromatic, like grape with a hint of rose.

Black pudding

This is basically a blood sausage and, if that sounds unappetising to you, you're not alone, as it comes in at number 4 on the list of things Brits hate but have never tried.

It's usually made with pork blood and fat with oats and various other bits and pieces to hold it together. If you've ever seen someone eating it, one way to put them off is even hinting at what it's made from. Instant rejection.

Sashimi and sushi

Numbers 2 and 3 are grouped together as so few people know the difference and claim to dislike one when they mean the other.

Sashimi is thinly sliced raw meat or fish and sushi refers to the vinegared rice that may or may not accompany sashimi. Both are being blindly rejected by Brits on more occasions than almost any other food.


Topping the list of things we love to hate for reasons that cannot include taste, is haggis. This Scottish delicacy is disliked for similar reasons to black pudding in that it contains a number of things people would rather not think about eating.

These things include sheep heart, lungs, and liver, mixed with suet and often presented encased in a length of intestine. It's not awful, it's offal.

What food do you hate having never tried?

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Comments (36)

  • One thing that I probably wouldn't want to try is that Swedish rotten fish called surströmming. I think the idea is that they put fish in cans and wait until the cans are bloated because of what, ehm, goes on inside them. The can opening ceremony happens mostly outdoors, for a good reason, I guess. I can't tell whether I hate it but I certainly never tried it and somehow don't feel motivated to try 😁

    do you think I'm wrong?

      9 months ago
    • Heck, I’m with you there!

        9 months ago
    • As you say, I also couldn't bare the thought of Swedish style rotten fish. I've also heard of people in Italy eating cheese that is so ripe, it's wriggling...I mean, how desperate have you got you be?

        9 months ago
  • I'm the type of person who will try anything once, and twice if I like it. so it's rare for me to find a food that I truly just don't like. on your list... the only thing on there that I truly do not like, after having tried it, is blood sausage. It may have just been prepared wrong, but even though the meal was very tasty, I just did not enjoy the iron taste I had after from the blood. It put me off enough that I have not tried it a second time.

    The sashimi / sushi on your list sends me spiraling down a wistful path of fond memories. I love sushi and sashimi. Of all the things is pandemic has changed and taken away from us, Sushi is one of them. No serving of uncooked meats in my area. It is quite saddening.

      9 months ago
    • That’s seems like a very well thought out reason, something those who formed the list did not have!

      Hopefully restriction lifting will mean you can have a little Japanese treat soon

        9 months ago
  • Snails are a common one that people love to hate without trying. I personally have a streak that maintains the weirder, the more exotic.

      9 months ago
    • I hate oysters but I'm fond of snails at Christmas. Add a bit persil mixed with garlic, it's just so delicious.

        9 months ago
  • Haggis is still disgusting before and after you try it. No cap.

      9 months ago
    • I'll take your word for it having never tried it and have no intention to!

        9 months ago
    • Nothing makes me want to try the haggis more than Cursed Beans shrieking 'DON'T EAT THE HAGGIS'

        9 months ago
  • 3 of those I hate, Haggis, Cottage Cheese and those Kerosene Cucumbers known as Gherkins. I’ve always disliked Brussel sprouts.

      8 months ago