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Tops UK crap food poll

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A poll of 4,903 people by the Beeb's foodie mag Olive has proved what anyone south of Lancashire has always known: tripe is completely disgusting and no-one in their right mind would touch it with a ten-foot fork.

And before the good burghers of Manchester get shirty and start banging on about how they remember their dear old grans boiling up cows' guts in milk with onions and how absolutely smashing it was, Cockney-fave jellied eels came in a well-deserved second in the enlightening probe.

Unsurprisingly, the legendary deep-fried Mars bar - cause of 73 per cent of Glaswegian coronaries - secured third place, narrowly beating kids' all-time no-no, brawn, and congealed pig's blood in a tube (black pudding) into fourth and fifth places, respectively.

Oh yes, the enlightening bits of the poll are that the UK's former national dish, chicken tikka masala, earned 17th spot, but at least managed to beat faggots, sandwich spread and banana custard in the nation's affections.

Olive editor Christine Hayes proclaimed: "British cuisine has finally earned some well-deserved respect in the culinary world but there are some dishes, no matter how classic or traditional, which are unlikely to pass your lips."

Here's that list in full. It requires a strong stomach:

  1. Tripe
  2. Jellied eels
  3. Deep-fried Mars bar
  4. Brawn (meat from the head of a pig)
  5. Black pudding
  6. Tapioca
  7. Faggots
  8. Marmite
  9. Semolina
  10. Beetroot (in vinegar)
  11. Pickled egg
  12. Haggis
  13. Sandwich spread
  14. Cockles (in vinegar)
  15. Spaghetti hoops
  16. Banana custard
  17. Chicken tikka masala
  18. Kippers
  19. Rhubarb
  20. Tinned tomato soup

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