Ten Foods British Expats Long For

The British Hamper Company

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.

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65 Reviews

Tracy S

1st time used this company. Lovely hamper. Well packaged. Delivery as planned. Will definitely use again. Thank you

Posted 1 week ago

Belinda N

Lovely English products. . .was devoured in a day!

Posted 1 month ago

Jan O

Beautifully packaged hamper for our gluten free friends. Feel sure they will be delighted when they open it on Christmas morning! Lovely to find gluten free goodies that look so tempting. Excellent service too.

Posted 1 month ago

Jacqueline T

I can only comment on the service and delivery ( which were both very good ). I have purchased this beautifully boxed hamper as a gift for christmas, so I'm hoping that the contents are as good as the above mentioned. Well packaged and arrived on my suggested date. Thank you.

Posted 1 month ago

Angela G

First time I have used this company. I chose my hamper from their web site but rang to place the order. The firm's operator was extremely helpful, even ringing me back when the phone cut off. The hamper was delivered as it said the next day. As it was a thank you gift I didn't see the hamper but the recipients were delighted with its presentation and contents. I would most certainly recommend this company and would be more than happy to use their services again. Excellent.

Posted 1 month ago

Jeremy H

I particularly liked the Gluten Free Offering, which seems to be an increasing trend, although in our case and absolute medical requirement - not a lifestyle choice. So, thank you for providing this and the products offered were very appreciated and new to my wife.

Posted 1 month ago

Nicola C

I used this company to send a hamper to my sister in Australia , the hamper contained a few English items I knew she was missing. The service was fantastic , it arrived very quickly and was packaged very well , it was a great success and I would definitely use the company again.

Posted 1 month ago

Renee M

I sent a Hamper to the US and couldn't believe how quickly it was delivered 3 days in total most impressed. Our daughter was over the moon with this gift and absolutely loved the design of the box. Great to be able to send British products overseas will definitely use again.

Posted 1 month ago


My friends were absolutely thrilled when their hamper arrived and described it as "a huge box with classy wrapping and a beautiful navy blue bow, filled with lovely treats." "Exquisite in every way","so professional" and "perfect" were just some of their additional comments. I really want to thank you so much Sam for all your help and suggestions - you made arranging their hamper so easy and a very pleasant experience for me as well - one that I intend to repeat! 5 Stars Plus. Colleen, New Zealand

Posted 1 month ago

David P

What a wonderful company to deal with. I found the website very easy to use and then put in a telephone order in which I was dealt with in a helpful and polite way by the lady on the phone. The hamper arrived the next day and was very well received. 10/10

Posted 1 month ago

Maria A

Excellent service, could not be any happier.

Posted 1 month ago

Edward T

After a failed order from Betty's Tea Room to ship to Singapore, I found The British Hamper Company and ordered a hamper for my brother. It arrived 2.5 days later (I ordered it on a Monday afternoon and it was received in Singapore before 11:00 loccal time on Thursday). And best of all, the prices shown included delivery, so there were no nasty surprises when going to the checkout. Very good service and my brother was very happy with his present. Will be using these guys again for orders to international family ( Singapore, Australia, US).

Posted 1 month ago

Dale B

Amazing Christmas hamper with a wide range of treats and great alcohol brands. Brilliant value.

Posted 1 month ago


Our friends in Dubai were delighted with their sweet hamper- said packaging was beautiful too. Extremely fast service and would definitely recommend. Many thanks

Posted 1 month ago

Helen C

Great service - good value products and quick delivery. The only downside was communications from customer service were lacking as I didn't know when a hamper had been despatched or delivered (although I was given a way to track this with the courier company themselves)

Posted 1 month ago

Michael T

Hamper was ordered for some friends in the United States. I was a bit sceptical about the stated delivery time.....as it looked really quick! The hamper was indeed delivered on the exact date specified and our friends were delighted with the quality of the contents :) Mike T (United Kingdom)

Posted 1 month ago

Naman P

Great service , No fuss and my relatives loved everything in the hamper. I will use you again . Thank you so much ????

Posted 1 month ago

Samantha E

Ordered for delivery to my sister in Florida. kept well informed throughout and hamper delivered on time. Sister loved the hamper and reminded her of home. Thankyou

Posted 1 month ago

Samantha E

Ordered for delivery to my sister in Florida. kept well informed throughout and hamper delivered on time. Sister loved the hamper and reminded her of home. Thankyou

Posted 1 month ago

Moira D

Our friends were delighted with the hamper as it had British items. The arrival time was very good and the whole service excellent as we were kept informed of what was happening. We would be happy to use this service again in the future.

Posted 1 month ago

Christine W

Sent hampers to USA. They were over the moon with them.

Posted 2 months ago

Gillian B

Ordered the Classic Retro Sweet Hamper for delivery to the Netherlands and it arrived promptly. It was packaged beautifully and the recipients were over the moon with it. Great Job and would definately order again

Posted 2 months ago

Andrew B

Excellent, arrived on time in Australia, Packed beautifully, in true British style. Contents delicious. My daughter loved it, a reminder of home when she is so Far away. Will definitely be using this great company again.

Posted 2 months ago

Rich F

Bought as a gift, recipient was very pleased with contents

Posted 2 months ago

Jane H

I found this service excellent. Just what my cousin in Australia needed to brighten her up.

Posted 2 months ago

Stuart M

This was a lovely, delicious hamper sent to our gluten free friend who absolutely loved it. He shared it with the WHOLE family and I have heard nothing but positive comments from all of the family. This is a VERY good idea for people that are allergic to wheat. Will definitely be ordering again

Posted 2 months ago

deborah h

I have ordered Hamers as presents from The Netherlands to be sent to Italy and England to the great surprise and Delight of the recipient's. Their feedback to me was: The quality was excellent, the quaintly was generous and everything was beautifully packed.. What more could a person wish for, Thank You.

Posted 2 months ago

Susan J

My sister loved the hamper I sent her. I was disappointed though that it did not contain the flapjack biscuits as they are divine. A second fruit cake had been substituted so no loss of items in the contents Thank you

Posted 2 months ago

Jo O

Excellent service. So fast and efficient, my relatives in Canada were delighted with the contents of their hamper and thrilled with the surprise. The tracking service was fascinating to follow, I could picture my hamper as it travelled through all the checkpoints and it arrived 2 days before it's predicted delivery date. Will definitely use this company again.

Posted 2 months ago

Tanya A

I purchased this hamper for my daughter and her family. I understand that it was enjoyed by them all. I wanted to get them something that they could all share. I would definitely purchase from you again and I believe that my daughter would too,

Posted 2 months ago

Claire A

Good choice of hampers with great treats inside. The hamper I ordered was a gift which was delivered to friends in France very quickly.

Posted 2 months ago

Laura C

Staff always very friendly, helpful and accommodating with any request. Great products too!

Posted 2 months ago

Martin B

We were very happy with our selection, it went down well!

Posted 2 months ago


It is a pity the rating only goes up to 5 stars, the service from the British Hamper Company is worthy of much more. From my first order all the way through to the delivery in Japan, everything was first class. I will be ordering a Christmas hamper soon. Highly recommended, thank you. Mr E. Green.

Posted 2 months ago

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