Nation’s favourite perfect pairs – fish and chips and Ant and Dec among them

A study of 2,000 UK adults revealed the nation’s favourite team-ups from anything to food and drink to celebrity double acts.

Also among the top 20 were Morecambe and Wise, turkey and stuffing and even Gavin & Stacey.

Christmas classics such as cheese with crackers also ranked highly, as did pairing cheese with port.

Anthony Symington, of Cockburns, which commissioned the research as part of the launch of its pop-up Port & Pie Shop, said: “Christmas is a time of coming together.

“The best thing about Christmas is coming together with friends and family, so to celebrate, we wanted to find out which things Brits believe are the absolute best that come in twos.

“Our results found loads of perfect pairings come in the form of double-acts, whether that’s comedians, athletes, musicians – or of course, port and mince pies.

“That’s why we’ve decided to launch a pop-up Port & Pie Shop. We know that people love experimenting with food, and we can’t wait to welcome people through our doors and enjoy a glass together this festive season.”

Del Boy and Rodney from Only Fools and Horses were named the top human pairing in the top 40 list.

In terms of human double-acts, 46 per cent of Brits believe knowing each other’s comedy timing is crucial, while 26 per cent enjoy contrasting personalities.

In the food and drink arena, flavours that complement one another are more popular than ones which contrast.

Some more trendy combinations Brits are likely to avoid, however, include dipping chips in a milkshake, or slapping peanut butter on a burger.

Half of respondents admit they aren’t very experimental with their food choices – with 14 per cent describing themselves as ‘not experimental at all’.

But 22 per cent admit they have guilty pleasure food and drink combinations they keep a secret – as 56 per cent of these worry about funny looks.

Pigs in blankets were deemed the festive food pairing Brits will eat most of during the Christmas period, selected by 57 per cent.

Just over half (53 per cent) will gorge on turkey with stuffing, while 37 per cent will pair wine with cheese, according to the OnePoll data.

Another six in 10 believe Christmas brings out the best food and drink pairings, and 48 per cent consider their food combinations more during the festive season.

The research was commissioned as Cockburn’s launches its pop-up Port & Pie Shop.

Open between 16th and 19th December in Shoreditch, London, visitors will be treated to a mix of traditional and contemporary ports paired with a variety of pies. Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased via Design My Night.

The UK’S 40 Favourite Pairings:

1. Fish & chips

2. Roast beef & Yorkshire pudding

3. Bacon & eggs

4. Tea & biscuits

5. Strawberries & cream

6. Cheese & crackers

7. Sausage & mash

8. Del Boy & Rodney

9. Morecambe & Wise

10. Gin & tonic

11. Salt & vinegar

12. Wine & cheese

13. The Two Ronnies

14. Ant & Dec

15. Wallace & Gromit

16. Fruit & Nut

17. Laurel & Hardy

18. Lennon & McCartney

19. Boiled egg and soldiers

20. Sherlock Holmes & Watson

21. Rick Mayall & Ade Edmondson

22. William & Kate

23. Gavin & Stacey

24. Torvill & Dean

25. French & Saunders

26. Vic & Bob

27. Lemon & lime

28. Port & cheese

29. Coffee & mints

30. Sooty & Sweep

31. Pimm's & Lemonade

32. Jeeves & Wooster

33. The Chuckle Brothers

34. Robson & Jerome

35. Roy Keane & Micah Richards

36. Jagger & Richards

37. Mel & Sue

38. Posh & Becks

39. Kenan & Kel

40. Chas & Dave

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