the top british food expats miss in italy

Top 10 British Food Expats In Italy Miss

Italy draws many expats from England, but home comforts will still be missed – can you guess what British food expats in Italy miss?

Imagine sitting outside at a cafe in a piazza in a picturesque town in Italy. Picturing it? Now, the weather is beautiful, the table is laden with delicious Italian food (think large pizzas and bowls of pasta), and you’re enjoying a glass of local wine, watching the world go by. Such a lifestyle possesses an air of romance, and is only topped by the rich history and culture of the country.


With this idyllic Mediterranean life, it’s easy to see why Italy is in the top ten destinations for British expats. A favourite destination for people moving abroad for many years, there are now a considerable number of British expats living there[1]. Areas in the north of the country, such as Tuscany, Bologna and Marche, as well as in the area around Rome, are particularly popular with large expat communities. Recently, however, there has been a growing interest in the more southern regions, such as Puglia, which are seeing a rise in the number of Brits relocating there.

But, despite all the amazing Italian food, at the British Corner Shop we find expats are still missing their much-loved British products. After looking through our systems, the results are in and here are the top ten British food expats in Italy miss.

Top 10 British Food Expats In Italy Miss

1: Warburtons Crumpets

Start your day the right way, wherever you are in the world, with Britain’s favourite crumpet. Thick and fluffy to hold just the right amount of melting butter, these crumpets are also a perfect snack at any time of the day. Simply toast for a couple of minutes and then generously spread butter on top, enjoying as it oozes out of the crumpet. Or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, why not top with a dollop of your favourite jam, chocolate spread or even poached eggs and bacon?


2: British Butler Smoked Back Bacon

There’s nothing more British than a bacon sarnie, and living abroad shouldn’t mean you miss out. This thick cut back bacon has a salty, smoked flavour, which will satisfy the cravings of any bacon lover. Enjoy the wonderful smell as you grill the bacon, before laying it between two thick, buttered slices of bread. So whether you choose ketchup or brown sauce to accompany your sandwich (a hotly debated topic), relax in the knowledge that British Corner Shop will provide you with the bacon, shipped chilled to your door.


3: Heinz Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce

Heinz Beans in Tomato Sauce is the original baked beans that we all grew up with. With that iconic tin, they are one of the best-loved food products in the world. No full English breakfast would be complete without them, and they also are delicious on top of thick buttery toast or a hot baked potato. So delicious are these baked beans, here at the British Corner Shop we don’t think any British expat could live without them. And we make sure they don’t have to.

4: Richmond Thick Irish Sausages

Hitting the number four spot of the top ten missed products is Richmond Thick Irish Sausages. These wonderfully plump sausages are made with Richmond’s famous Irish recipe and are easy to cook, ready in just twenty minutes from frozen. Whether you want to complete your English breakfast with the perfect sausage, or are craving a deliciously simple supper of sausages and chips, Richmond is a fail-safe choice. Order from the British Corner Shop and we’ll make sure they arrive chilled and fresh.

the best sausages and mash dish

Try our delicious sausage and mash recipe!

5: Bisto Gravy Granules

Aaaah! The nation’s favourite, Bisto Gravy Granules have been the chosen gravy for homemade meals for generations so it makes sense for this to have made it onto our list of foods expats miss in Italy. Simple to make, you just need to add boiling water to the granules for perfect gravy every time. Never again will your gravy be lumpy! With a classic flavour, Bisto gravy is an essential part of traditional British cooking: pour over bangers and mash, fill up your Yorkshire puddings, or enjoy with a roast dinner.


6: Heinz Tomato Soup

This is a classic favourite, which conjures up an image of hugging a steaming bowlful of rich tomato soup while warming your toes by the fire. Now, while the weather may not ever get that cold in Italy, it’s comforting to know that this soup makes the list for top ten missed products. Order from the British Corner Shop, so you can still enjoy this delicious soup while living abroad. Just make sure you have some thick, crusty bread for dunking.

7: Branston Pickle

No cheese sarnie would be complete without Branston pickle. The nation’s favourite pickle, it is the perfect accompaniment to cheese and ham sandwiches. With its recognisable mixture of flavour and texture, Branston Pickle is a firm favourite with our British expats in Italy. Next time, why not try something different? Try stirring Branston Pickle into pies, casseroles and stews to for extra flavour.

8: Robinsons Orange & Mango Squash  

No nation quite ‘gets’ squash like Britain. Wherever you are in the world, it seems you can never find fruit squash to satisfy your cravings. Fortunately, British Corner Shop will come to the rescue, making sure you never miss out on Robinsons Orange and Mango Squash. The perfect solution to quench your thirst, this combination of orange and mango is wonderfully refreshing. Simply dilute with water for your daily fix of fruit squash.


9: Walkers Salt & Vinegar Crisps 6 Pack 

This classic British crisp is always missed by expats. No crisp brand abroad quite compares with these quintessentially British crisps; with our customers telling us they are just not the same. Certainly, foreign brands cannot beat Walkers Salt & Vinegar on taste and flavour. Made with 100% British potatoes and seasoned with Walkers’ famous flavours, it’s easy to see why our customers always include them on their shopping lists.


Why not try them in a crisp sandwich?

10: Ambrosia Creamed Rice Pudding  

And finally, making the last spot on our list of the top ten missed products in Italy is Ambrosia Creamed Rice Pudding. This creamy and delicious dessert is the ultimate comfort food for when you’re missing home. Made in Devon for over 90 years, this creamed rice pudding is one of Britain’s favourite desserts. So if you’re missing the UK, sit back and enjoy one of these puddings and remember, it’s probably raining back home!


What British food do you miss when away from the United Kingdom?


[1] The latest data available from the United Nations Population Division (which compiles estimates for international migration around the world) shows that 72,234 Brits moved to Italy in 2013. This is up from 31,644 in 2000.

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