Food to bring back from London

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  1. Yehudi

    Yehudi Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to London next week and would like to bring back some non perishable or can last 8-10 hours food items to bring for friends and family. Any brands of biscuits and tea you would recommend? Whatelse would you recommend that would be tough to find in the US? Apparently, some cheeses are permissible also.

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  2. victoriajh

    victoriajh Well-Known Member

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    I always bring club biscuits, tonnocks tea cakes (yum yum yum) and Jaffa cakes.... I tend to be a busicut kinda gal...;)
     
  3. Oreo

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    Fortnum & Mason on Piccadilly is a good place to start.
     
  4. skategal

    skategal Bunny slave

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    Twinnings English Afternoon tea.
     
  5. vesperholly

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    My parents always bring clotted cream back.
     
  6. IceAlisa

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  7. morqet

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    Fortnum & Mason does good potted cheeses. Also look out for Duchy Original biscuits - you can find them in most supermarkets. If you want something traditionally British, try getting a pot of Marmite, although just warning that it can be a bit of an acquired taste!
     
  8. Yehudi

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    Thanks everyone for the tips :)

    Is it a hard cheese or soft cheese? Reading customs forms and hard cheeses like cheddar seem to be fine.
     
  9. skategal

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    I dont know the brand but my director at work brought us back some delicious fudge last time she went to London.
     
  10. Jenny

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    If you're going through any of the main terminals at Heathrow, there are a ton of shopping options, including outposts of Harrods and Fortnum & Mason and other British shops - and they are past security.
     
  11. morqet

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    They have a variety - things like Stilton or Shropshire blue, so semi-soft. But they're in completely sealed pots which might make it a bit easier to get through customs?
     
  12. snowbird

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    You could bring crumpets so that your friends could find out how awful they are, not bad enough for me to include a puke smiley here, though.
     
  13. smurfy

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    They have Twinings at Stop n Shops here in Connecticut in the regular tea area
     
  14. JasperBoy

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    Don't try to bring back any form of honey. It will not pass security. And you don't want to pack it in your checked luggage!

    While you are in London you could try various types of Cadbury's chocolates before you decide which to bring home. The fruit and nut bar is a good place to start.

    Honestly, as many times as I have been to England I have never brought food back. But then, most of the really good stuff is available at local stores in Victoria.
     
  15. orientalplane

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    You're a real ray of sunshine, aren't you snowbird? What's wrong with crumpets - aren't they right-wing enough for you?

    Crumpets and English muffins are both delicious, toasted and with butter. As well as or instead of the cheeses mentioned earlier, you could try one of the traditional hard white, crumbly cheeses such as Caerphilly, Cheshire or Wensleydale.

    As for biscuits, Waitrose's Almond Cookies are heavenly, and all the Duchy Originals are good (though very expensive).

    Have a good trip, Yehudi. :)
     
  16. Carolla5501

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    Cadbury. The stuff that makes it here is not near as good. I also bring back cheddar cheese
     
  17. milanessa

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    Most large supermarkets in the US sell a good variety of English foods and teas or you can buy it online. I'd want to bring back the stuff that's homemade and doesn't really come in a packet or jar or stuff I can't get here. Homemade bread sauce, fresh Yorkshire pudding, hot roasted potatoes cooked with a roast. Somehow I don't think any of it would get through customs or be any good at the other end. :lol:

    A jar of lemon curd might be an idea. Delicious. Although it's the wrong time of the year you may be able to find a Christmas pudding and brandy sauce. They'll last until next Christmas. Daddies Sauce maybe. It's a brown sweet, tangy sauce - the US equivalent is close to the taste of Heinz 57 but Daddies sauce is better.
     
  18. Yehudi

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    Yes. Actually that was the one thing my mom wanted and she said the same thing
     
  19. IceAlisa

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    Ever since I've opened this thread I've been DYING for some clotted cream+jam on scones. That's alright, we have plenty of afternoon tea places here. :)
     
  20. TheGirlCanSkate

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    My girlfriend had a tough time finding Lyle's Golden Syrup and Black Treacle.
     
  21. snowbird

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    Whatever you do, don't bring them Wimpys,( Or is it Wimpies?).
     
  22. victoriajh

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    wimpy's - not a hmaburger fan then?
    ;)
     
  23. victoriajh

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    ahhhh uk cadburys is SOO much better- so are the smarties- especially the orange ones!
     
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    The only time I ate Wimpys was before England had McDonalds and BK and they were mystery meat w/onions that would burn your eyeballs out.
     
  26. allezfred

    allezfred Hideous Admin Staff Member

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    So the 1970s then.

    Do you have anything valuable to add to this discussion in 2013 or are you just here to stir the shit?

    Yehudi, I'd recommend a trip to Marks & Spencer. Pick anything off the shelves there. It's hard to go wrong. :)
     
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    A few years ago the Paris Salon du Chocolat was considerately held during the same time as TEB, and I went with a friend. Some of our favorite chocolates there turned out to be by a small British company - Booja Booja. If you can find any while in the UK, I would definitely recommend it.
     
  29. skategal

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    We have Twinnings here too but I've only managed to find the English Afternoon Tea, so far, in Bermuda and the UK pavilion in Epcot.

    Even the British import store here doesn't have the English Afternoon one.

    I'll keep Connecticut in mind...if I'm ever there. I'll be in Boston in July, will have a look there too for sure.

    It's one of my favorite teas.
     
  30. taf2002

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    I've never been to England :wuzrobbed but it all sounds delicious. Now I want chocolates and scones and clotted cream etc. BTW I always thought that crumpets aren't eaten by themselves, that you put jam or something on them. People in books are always eating jam & crumpets so maybe they're not supposed to be good without a topping. I don't really know what a crumpet is.