compared e.g. to France.
There are of course some good plates, but England has never been renowned for great food PanEurope wise.
So they had lots of time to build up their empire. Their particular position as islanders induced them to build ships, and this was the beginning of their success.
Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves
Britains never never never will be slaves.
(who definitely prefers French food normally)