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Yorkshire puddings named best classic British dish

The results proved controversial among social media users.

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Debate erupted online after Yorkshire puddings were revealed as the nation’s favourite savoury British dish.

The northern staple was named by YouGov as “Britain’s finest home-grown food” with 85% of people who had tried them saying they liked them.

Second in a list described as “distressingly beige” by YouGov came the Sunday roast, liked by 84% of people who had eaten it, followed by fish and chips (84%), crumpets (81%) and a full English breakfast (81%).

At the bottom of the pile were jellied eels, liked by only 6% of those who had eaten them, lagging way behind the next least popular, laverbread (20%).

The results proved contentious on social media, particularly among Scottish people.

Others felt one of their favourites had been harshly treated – or left of the list completely.

Meanwhile among sweet foods, scones reigned supreme, enjoyed by 85%, ranking as one of only two dishes alongside the Victoria sponge (81%) to register an approval rate of over 80%.

In bottom place was the deep-fried Mars bar (22%) – the only sweet food to clock in at under 50%.

YouGov pointed out some gender differences with men more likely to enjoy black pudding than women (56% to 38%) and women more partial to cauliflower cheese (76% to 62%).

Meanwhile older generations were more positive about the foods on the list in general, most noticeably with liver and onions, enjoyed by 58% of those over 55 and just 15% of people aged between 18 and 24.

Among sweets, Christmas pudding is far more popular with the over 55s (70%) than with 18-to-24-year-olds (34%).

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