British tea, chocolate and bacon top list of products expats can't live without

12th September 2013, Comments 4 comments

Britons who move abroad might not miss the weather or the economy, but they can't do without a cuppa, a new survey suggests. [Contributed by British Corner Shop]

A survey conducted by British Corner Shop – an online supermarket for British expats – reveals 20 percent of expats said a proper cup of British tea is one of the things they miss the most.

Top British brands such as Tetley Tea, PG Tips and Yorkshire Tea were named most frequently in the survey, closely followed by Twinings, Scottish Blend and Typhoo.

Mark Callaghan, managing director of British Corner Shop, said: "When people move abroad they often think they won't miss food or drink from home, but millions of Brits drink several cups of tea a day, so giving this up is much harder than you'd think."

Other products mentioned in the survey were chilled items such as cheese, bacon and sausages, with 12 percent naming these as the products they struggled to live without.

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British chocolate was also a popular answer, especially Cadbury chocolates such as Dairy Milk, Flake and Roses.

Marmite, condiments such as Branston Pickle, Bisto Gravy Granules and Walkers crisps also made the top 10 most popular answers.

Mark Callaghan goes on to say: "We're not particularly surprised by the products that have made the top 10, the only real surprise was that Heinz Beans didn't place higher, as this is a top selling product on our website.

Mr Callaghan added: "Tea is likely to remain at the top of expats most wanted list, as no matter how you dress it up, no tea tastes as good at the classic British brands."

Here is the full list of the top 10 things Brits miss most: 


  1. Tea: 20 percent
  2. Chilled items (including cheese, bacon, sausages, meats and black pudding): 12 percent
  3. Chocolate
  4. Marmite: 6 percent
  5. Condiments (including Heinz salad Cream, HP Sauce, Tomato Ketchup and Branston Pickle): 4 percent
  6. Bisto Gravy Granules: 3.5 percent
  7. Crisps (including Walkers, Hula Hoops): 3.1 percent
  8. Heinz Baked Beans: 2.5 percent
  9. Biscuits (including McVities, Rich Teas, Ginger Nuts and Jammie Dodgers): 2.3 percent
  10. Oxo Stock Cubes : 1.4 percent


Contributed by the British Corner Shop

British Corner Shop was established in 1999 and is an online supermarket delivering over 8,000 branded British food, drink, toiletry and household products worldwide.


4 Comments To This Article

  • JohnCG posted:

    on 7th January 2015, 14:13:19 - Reply

    M&S Stores are now also located in some BP Serivce stations in the Netherlands (they also have Tea). does offer delivery to the EU but Tea and Coffee seem to be excluded from their offerings.... for some reason...
  • MoonBear

    on 7th February 2014, 20:11:39 - Reply

    Yes, tea is number one thing I miss in Spain. However some expats who live in Spain are lucky to have Morissons in Gibraltar :)
  • Joey Smith posted:

    on 12th September 2013, 15:14:20 - Reply

    Just finished my cuppa. Marks and spencers breakfast tea - nice strong team. Bought it on the kalverstraat M
  • Bruce posted:

    on 12th September 2013, 14:36:46 - Reply

    You can't beat a decent cup of tea!!