Whether you’re cruising, heading off the beaten track or simply beach bound, nothing beats the feeling of going on holiday. That said, even the most wanderlust fuelled adventurers will admit to missing some of their home comforts as the holiday wears on.
We decided to compile a list of the top ten foods we Brits miss most when abroad; are yours on there?
Yes, bacon is in abundance wherever you roam, but we’re talking proper bacon. Smoked or unsmoked isn’t so much the issue here, but we need thick slices with a little fat around the edges and just the right amount of time under the grill to get that sizzle. What do we get abroad? Crispy, thin as a sheet and so salty it leaves you reaching for water by the gallon.
How do we want our British bacon? On a white bacon butty with lashings of ketchup or brown sauce, of course. Which leads us onto our next point…
No, steak sauce is not the same. It’s not the same at all. We want HP. Spicy, tangy, delicious HP. Get your steak sauce away from us.
It is a truth universally known; nowhere in the world can you enjoy a proper cuppa other than Britain. We’re as famous for our brew as we are for our wit and the two are best enjoyed together, with a good old natter in a proper café. The foreign take on our British classic reminds us of tea from a flask on a dodgy campsite in Cleethorpes and that is never a good thing.
When it comes to tea, chocolate sits second only to biscuits in terms of the perfect dunking partner. It’s a pleasure that many enjoy but few admit to, dipping your Dairy Milk in a hot cuppa, and it is one that going on holiday makes us appreciate all the more. America has Hershey’s and the Swiss have Lindt, but we Brits remain loyal to our own quintessentially English milky contingent.
A food so often underestimated when at home but immediately longed for when away. Whilst often found in the buffets of cruise ships, you just try tracking down those saucy baked beans in the US or the Caribbean. Refried beans? Easy! Black beans? Of course! Baked beans? Not a chance.
Mayonnaise and Salad Cream
What is this ranch dressing that you speak of? Brits know that Hellman’s Mayonnaise (must be full fat) and Heinz Salad Cream reign supreme in the land of salad accompaniments, also providing the perfect companion to chips. And by chips we mean the potato kind, not crisps. They are crisps, not chips.
Not the flat patty kind of sausage meat so often found abroad or even the delicious but wildly different varieties of Italian and Spanish sausage. We are talking thick, juicy pork sausages, preferably Cumberland where possible, though we’re willing to take a pork and leek or even a pork and tomato if that’s also an option.
Cheese on toast
Finding cheese on foreign shores isn’t difficult. Greece has feta and halloumi in abundance, America smothers everything in a hefty covering of cheese and barbecue sauce, and those Italian’s would be lost without their mozzarella and parmesan. But crumbly cheese of the Red Leicester or Cheshire variety is far harder to track down. Pile it on top of doorstep wedges of soft white bread, with a scrape of butter and some HP sauce if you’re feeling frisky (or Henderson’s Relish if you’re feeling Northern) and you’ve got a recipe made in Brit snack heaven.
Skinny french fries or thick cut, twice fried, skin on chips; whichever option we are presented with, it means nothing if we can’t smother them in vinegar. If you’re in need of a laugh, try requesting vinegar from your waiter and wait for the response. We can almost guarantee you will be a) presented with a huge vat of balsamic, or b) met with absolute confusion.
We saved the best until last. For Brits aboard, even when presented with five star fine dining and awesome street food, nothing quite beats that first Sunday lunch on your return home. Soft yorkshire puddings, buttery mash, roasts cooked just the right side of burnt and gravy made from the juices of the meat. Pile your plate high and raise a fork to the great British institution that is the Sunday roast.
What do you miss most when you’re on holiday abroad? Let us know!