Customer Stories with Mandy Rose

Customer Stories with Mandy Rose

One of the highlights of working in British food export is that you get to interact with wonderful people from all walks of life

British Corner Shop · 2 minute read

One of the highlights of working in British food export is that you get to interact with wonderful people from all walks of life. Whether you’re an expat who has moved to the USA for work, to Spain for retirement or to Australia for a relationship – all our customers have (at least) one thing in common: a love of British food. Here at British Corner Shop, we love getting to know our valued customers and finding out their stories (they’re all so different!). In this week’s Customer Stories, we chat with the lovely Mandy:

Firstly, tell us a little about yourself. Which country do you live in and how long have you lived there?

I am originally from Warwickshire but had moved around the UK before settling in Alnwick, Northumberland where I worked for a French company (I’m a pharmacist). I spent five years back and forth between Alnwick and Montpellier before moving definitively to Montpellier in 2002. I’m still with the same company, and travel a lot with my job, mainly to the US, but also to Asia. I had a 2-year expat contract to Germany but am firmly back in France since 2009! I still feel ashamed that in a country with such great food, my comfort tea is beans on toast.

Do you have any British foodie traditions that you’ve brought with you? E.g. Sunday Roasts, Fish & Chip Fridays etc.

I don’t have any British foodie traditions here but tend to make up for the things I miss when back in the UK – I can eat fish and chips for lunch and dinner for 2 or 3 days! I do cook a lot and make a few English dishes that are always enjoyed by French friends – cottage pie, fish pie and fish cakes! I also bake cakes a lot.

Mandy’s famous Lemon Drizzle Cake

I did my first chilled order before Christmas, and I sooooo enjoyed bacon or sausage sandwiches for breakfast at the weekends!

How did you first find out about British Corner Shop and what was the highlight of your first order?

An English friend told me about British Corner Shop a couple of years ago (I’d run out of Cadbury’s Flakes…). It’s now a huge event when a parcel arrives – it’s like Christmas morning when I unpack the order! However, I do have to ration the Flakes otherwise they would disappear within a week!

Lastly, what would you say are your top five British foods?

Just five??!! Marmite, any Cadbury’s chocolate, fish & chips with mushy peas and tartare sauce (that counts as 1 thing, right? 🤭), good quality bacon & sausages, and of course pork pie!