british food

We all love a holiday and getting to enjoy the many wonderful new delicacies we can experience while being abroad. Whether it’s tucking into a delicious paella or tasty empanada when in Spain; sweating over a hot curry in India; or sampling noodles by the bowl full in South East Asia. However, despite the new and delicious culinary delights on offer, there’s always a selection of typical British foods that expats miss, especially after relocating long-term to a different country.

These products that we long for are often the first things we head for when on a visit home. Perhaps we’ll pay over the odds when we discover them in international supermarkets. Some of us even beg our families to ship supplies of our favourite goodies. While our specific cravings may vary, there are certain British foods we all love.

What are the classic home favourites?  

Here’s a list of the foods most commonly missed by Brits abroad. If you’re visiting a British friend in their new home, why not take them something from this list as a little bit of Britain?

  1. Proper British tea – nothing beats a good old cup of British tea; it’s our answer to everything!
  2. Biscuits – something we love especially to accompany our tea. From chocolate digestives to custard creams, we all love a good biscuit dunked in tea.
  3. Heinz baked beans – as the saying goes ‘beans, beans, good for your heart, the more you eat the more you fart’! There’s nothing quite like beans on toast to conjure images of home.
  4. HP sauce/Heinz tomato ketchup – both these sauces have a unique blend of spices that no other brand can replicate. They are great condiments to accompany many traditional English meals.
  5. Cadburys chocolate – while the UK is not famous for its chocolate, there’s something about Cadbury’s that no other chocolatier can quite match.
  6. Crisps – although many countries have their own crisp brands, nowhere that I have visited can contend with our variety and choice of flavours.
  7. Marmite – love it or hate it, this salty, savoury spread is one of the things most British expats say they miss from home. It’s best served with butter on hot toast and a nice cup of tea. There’s just nothing else like it!
  8. The best English breakfast – sausage, eggs, mushroom, beans, toast, tomatoes, hash browns, and black pudding, is also what we refer to commonly as a fry up. Although it’s not something most people eat every day, it’s known as a great hangover cure and sometimes it’s the only thing that will hit the spot.
  9. Fish and chips – our big fat potato chips and fried battered white fish are something special. We buy them wrapped up in newspaper, traditionally from specialty restaurants by the sea. Interestingly, it is eaten with different condiments or side dishes depending on where you are in the country.
  10. Sunday roast – this is a traditional Sunday meal and consists of roast meat (such as beef, chicken, or lamb) Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, and greens (vegetables) with gravy. This is the average English family’s go-to Sunday lunch and is served in pubs throughout the country.

The English bits we can live without

Whilst our favourite English foods have us longing for the green grass of home, there are some things Brits really don’t miss when living overseas. Chief among them is the weather! Britain is famed for its gloomy grey skies, cold temperatures, and rain. Many expats claim that one of their main motivations for moving abroad was to escape the British weather and get a bit of sun in their lives.

Are you British and have more things to add to the list of things you miss (or not!)? Or perhaps you are a foreigner living in the UK and long for your home delicacies? Let us know in the comments!

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