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Ten Foods British Expats Long For

02 Nov 2017

For all the lifestyle advantages and luxuries that many British expats enjoy, there are some things that are missed dearly – and none more so than the food and drink of home. From a proper cup of tea to the unique taste of marmite – no matter how great the weather is, or how more relaxed the environment – it’s a taste of home that they long for. Here are ten food and drink products British expats really miss:


For many Brits, a cup of tea is more an institution than just a drink. Whether it’s an early morning brew, an afternoon tea or an evening cuppa – as expats will tell you – there really is nothing quite like it.     Featured: London Tea Company, Fairtrade English Breakfast Tea – A delicious tea for a breakfast or afternoon with flavours that combine all the timeless elegance of old England, sourced from some of the finest estates in Sri Lanka. This is the quality of tea that our grandparents reminisced about.    

Branston Pickle

Perfect in a cheese sandwich – no matter where you are in the world. Made in the same unique Branston way since 1922, there's no mistaking Branston Original sweet pickle and how those words are missed: “Bring out the taste, bring out the Branston!”


There are many different varieties of crisps available in other countries for sure – but they’re no competition for the classic British recipe. The flavours are no comparison either.                 Featured: Yorkshire Crisps - Henderson's Relish Flavour    


Love it or hate it, Marmite has been gracing the breakfast table (or the back of the cupboard) of Briton's since 1902 – and British Expats are no different.


The increasing popularity of Afternoon Tea has not been lost on British Expats, and the love of properly produced, quality cake is as fervent as ever. With or without a brew, indoors or outside, a real favourite and sorely missed.     Featured: Simply Delicious, Apricot and Ginger Fruit Cake – Deliciously rich traditional fruitcake; this recipe started it all for Archie and Milly Hunter's Simply Delicious Cake Company at Moor Farm in the South Shropshire Hills.            

Real Ale

There may be no shortage of lager, and other tipples available in foreign parts, but nowhere will you find a real ale that compares to those brewed in Britain – Just ask the countless Expats who miss them so.     Featured: Wold Top, Wold Gold (4.8% vol) – A blonde continental style beer with a soft, fruity flavour and a hint of spice. Wold Top Brewery's bestselling, award winning bottled beer.        

Cadbury’s Chocolate

They may be a vast selection of alternatives available across the world, but when you want chocolate there’s only place you long for – home – and Cadbury’s Dairy Milk. Featured: Dairy Milk – Deliciously creamy milk chocolate made with a Glass and a Half of fresh milk. Made with Fairtrade cocoa and sugar. Generous bar - perfect for sharing with friends and family.

HP Sauce

A true British classic and in all honesty, just impossible not to miss! The original brown sauce which since 1899 has been the go to condiment for a variety of dishes - great with a bacon or sausage sandwich!

Retro sweets

The British brand of retro sweets are a real institution and perfect for the sweet toothed nostalgic! Missed abroad by both big and little kids equally, they are always a favourite that is gleefully received at gift-giving times.                      


Traditionally baked British biscuits are a treat much longed for by many Britons abroad. Whether enjoyed on their own, or perfectly combined with a cup of proper English tea, it is a real comforting taste of home.       Featured: Elegant and English, Honey and Almond biscuits – A delicately balanced infusion of two delicious flavours in an all butter biscuit from traditional family bakers, Artisan Biscuits, in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Truly a perfect match with English Breakfast Tea.       So, there you have it. Like all top ten or favourites lists, there’s bound to be much debate over the ones that didn’t feature. But one thing that is sure to be agreed on – for the majority of British Expats, there is still no taste like home. Thanks for taking the time to read our blog. Please feel free to share it, and let us know your thoughts.