English Food vs Dutch Food… Fight!

It’s almost a year and a half since I moved to the Netherlands… and honestly, Holland is starting to feel more like home than England does. Isn’t that vierd?


Wet/cold weather 55%

Politicians 39%

Traffic 37%

Miserable people 34%

Commuting 26%

Sarcasm 13%

Annoying family members 10%

Neighbours 8%

Ex-partners 8%

The Pound 6%



Fish and chips 55%

Pub grub 54%

Traditional pubs 47%

Countryside 35%

The high street 31%

Sunday roasts 30%

TV 24%

Parks 16%

Football 12%

The changing seasons 11%


If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you’ll know the biggest thing I miss is the English pub culture and good old pub grub, so I’m totally in agreement with this survey!

(Sources: BritishCornerShop.co.uk – and The Mirror.)

I like food. So yes, this post is about food (with a few drinks thrown in). But the question is: which is better?



1. Bacon vs spek

Thick, luscious rounds of smoked bacon served with crusty bread, lettuce and tomato. Or wafer thin slices of spek? My vote: Team UK.

2. Marmite on toast vs hagelslag

Love it or hate it… marmite is extremely popular in the UK. As is hagelslag in Holland. But which is best? My vote: Team UK.

Proper English tea and toast... with marmite!

3. Full English breakfast vs uitsmijter

Bacon, sausages, eggs, mushrooms, hash browns, beans, black pudding… I’m salivating just typing this! Or fried egg, ham and cheese? Also delicious, but very simple. My vote: Team UK.



4. Sandwich and crisps or boterham?

English people pretty much can’t eat a sandwich without a packet of crisps on the side. It’s like an unwritten law or something. What do Dutchies often eat for lunch? A slice of white bread with cheese and a glass of milk. My vote: Team UK.

5. Beans on toast vs … ?

Is there a vs for this one? (Hagelslag?!! Hee hee.) Dutchies think beans on toast is just weird, but we were brought up with it. It’s cheap, easy food when the cupboards are (almost) bare and most definitely in every student’s culinary repertoire 😉  My vote: Team UK.



6. Roast Dinner vs Stamppot

Meat and all the trimmings vs a U shaped boiled smoked sausage and mashed veg and potatoes. I love both, but if I can only pick one it has to be the roast.  My vote: Team UK.

© robbie jim / Creative Commons / Attribution 2.0 Generic

© robbie jim / Creative Commons / Attribution 2.0 Generic



7. Chips drowned in vinegar or mayonnaise? 

This doesn’t need an explanation. The Dutch won me over with mayo. My vote: Team NL.

8. English pub vs Dutch brown cafe

Both are fantastic for different reasons, but I’ve got to go English pub. My vote: Team UK.

9. Ordering a round in a pub

Ordering a round in Holland: “Zeven biertjes en een witte wijn” (Seven beers and a white wine).

Ordering a round in England: “One Calsberg, one Fosters, one Stella, one Kronenberg, one Bulmers, one Aspalls, one Pinot Grigio and a gin and tonic, please.” Fuck me, we’re fussy. My vote: Team NL.

10. Bar snacks – pork scratchings vs bitterballen 

No contest. My vote: Team NL.

Bitterballen at Elements Beach

11. Pint of beer vs thimble of beer

The bigger the better, surely? My vote: Team UK.



12. Nesquick vs Chocomel

Powder you mix with milk or prepackaged chocolate loveliness. My vote: Team NL.

13. Liquorice allsorts vs Drop

Both disgusting, at least liquorice allsorts have some coconut around them that I can eat. My vote: Team UK.


Unsurprisingly,  I scored 9 in favour of the UK and 4 to NL. But I’m getting there…

What’s your score?

Hayley x


  1. Not sure who serves stamppot on a Sunday, but you should klap him/her. We would serve “draadjesvlees”, which is much nicer than the English Sunday roast… lol
    I agree with you on the bacon and the full English breakfast, but marmite… seriously?? Yuk. Hagelslag or peanut butter way better option. The :”oubollige” boterham met kaas is in my opinion really passe, but a wholeweat bread roll with extra matured cheese and lettuce and tomato definitely wins it from the crisps. Although I have never eaten it myself, I can imagine eating beans on toast. Next time though, when you are in Rotterdam, try a broodje uierboord met mosterd…. something many Dutchies don’t know either. But absolutely awesome, or a traditional broodje halfom.

    Besides the fact that English beer is pretty much undrinkable, except for Guiness which does not count, because that is Irish, I like the Dutch pub habits. However with the arrival of the grand cafes also the Dutch start becoming more picky….

    And true, there is nothing nicer than patat met mayonaise and a couple of bitterballen…

    Give me drop anytiime. Here in the middle of South Africa I cannot get it and importing it is hugely expensive, so sniff sniff all sorts it will have to be. But seriously you should try those roze koeken… I grew up with them in highschool……

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  2. Hah, you should’ve mentioned plain toast with butter, Dutch people don’t get the concept of no beleg! Or the double carb explosion that is spaghetti on toast!

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  3. A fee weeks ago, my husband was in London. At breakfast he choose an English breakfast instead of a continental one. He thought he had to try it! He’s not a picky person, eats almost everything, but this was a no-go, he said. Sausages and beans and things… No. But! At least he tried. I think I would never, haha!!

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  4. 1. Bacon, because it sounds like you’re talking about your version of the BLT. (No “T” for me; but otherwise, yum!)
    2. Nutella. Always. 😀
    3. UK, again. It sounds very similar to the traditional Irish breakfast I was offered my first day in Ireland. (Shame I felt too ill to eat it!)
    4. UK: sandwich and crisps is totally what an American would pick! (What’s Subway for, other than a sandwich, a soda and a pack of crisps?! xD )
    5. I like a toasted English muffin with cream cheese. Simple and cheap.
    6. Voting for UK again, as it sounds a lot like one I had in Ireland. (Plus a traditional boiled dinner in the States, which isn’t too bad.)
    7. BOTH! Except vinegar makes me feel like I’m not taking in a bunch of calories and stuff that’s bad for me.
    8. Never visited a brown cafe…can I vote for an Irish pub? 😀
    9. Never ordered a round in my life. (When we went to the pubs in Ireland, we all ordered for ourselves.)
    10. Even without having tasted bitterballen, it’s surely the answer!
    11. If I drank beer, I would vote UK on this one.
    12. Chocolate milk that I pour out of the jug or carton. 😛
    13. Licorice? EW!

    UK: 6, NL: 1, no one: 6 — tie! 😀

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  5. You’ve got long way to go, but after 15 years in England I have not taken very kindly to the English cuisine either! 1; uk bacon every time (calm down don’t get your hopes up) 2; Marmite is great for waterproofing your narrow boat nl. 3) I’d feel full just looking at it nl 4) brown bread with mature cheese nl 5) I ate beans 3times a day for 9 months when in Angola, long story but I’ve had my dose for life . Nl 6) I buy ‘dutch sausage ‘ every week, nl 7) mayonnaise for me nl 8) pub grub is what you eat in eetcafe’s nl 9) I ordered one beer inmy bestest English the first time here, didn’t get very far. 7 bier en een wijntje nl 10) bitterballen 11) pilsje 12) koffie sorry no vote 13) dropdropdrop . 11 nl 1 uk . It’s not easy adjusting your taste to your adopted home.

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  6. It was a close call but my score was slightly more in favor of Holland. I had to choose pata zonder instead of vinegar or mayo though. and surprising I chose small beers over big beers. The small beers just go down very easy.


  7. I had my first ever trip to Netherlands recently and was impressed by the perfect cups of coffee, the little glasses of beer which stay nice and cold, truly delicious apple pie, the excellent sandwiches (far nicer than the stodgy ones in UK), the quality of produce and reasonable prices at Albert Heijn supermarkets (sorry if I have spelled that wrongly), a shared plate of bitterballen with my host, and of course the amazing mature Gouda cheese. In the UK we only see bland young Edam and Gouda, and I had no idea that you can get these amazing 24 month and 36 month matured varieties.The Tromp kaaswinkel in Jordaan was heaven for me. I love the fact that the Dutch can eat masses of cheese and not put on any weight because they walk and cycle everywhere and have to climb three flights of steep stairs to get back to their flats. I am a cheese addict myself but even with my recreational 40 to 50 mile bike rides in England I still put on weight. I liked the local food that I tried: simple, tasty and not laden with sugar and salt as it would be back in the UK.I was also impressed with the quality of food on offer in all the museum and art gallery cafes…just wonderful.
    I really enjoyed my visit to Amsterdam, which appears to be a city bursting with creativity. I didn’t encounter any of the legendary Dutch rudeness/directness, people seemed friendly and welcoming on the whole. I would love to spend more time in Amsterdam and other parts of Holland to find out more.

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