Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Issue #8 of the Anglotopia Print Magazine. You can support great long-form writing like this about British Travel, History, and Culture by subscribing to the Anglotopia Print Magazine. It costs just $65/year for 4 issues. Each issue is completely ad-free and features high-quality printing, making each issue a bookshelf … [Read more...] about A History of Cadbury: Britain’s Favorite Chocolate
Long before there were whole-foods and artisan bakers, there was Hovis. This loaf of ‘brown bread’ had been on almost every British table for more than 100 years, and it is still going strong. Many English people have fond memories of tiny ‘penny’ loaves of Hovis as their daily bread. The loaf and its special flour, enriched with wheat-germ, was invented in the north of England … [Read more...] about A Brief History of Hovis Bread: The Bread That Made This The Most Famous Hill in Britain
A wonderfully classic British dessert of rich syrup and buttery pastry. Treacle Tart is added to the menu at Pie Society every Fall and is a decadent treat for when the weather turns colder. It is also famously Harry Potter’s favorite dessert and with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald set to be released this month, Treacle Tart would be a perfect addition to a … [Read more...] about Brit Recipes: Potter’s Treacle Tart
Thanksgiving hasn’t really been a “thing” since I moved back to the UK. Last year hub flew back to the US to spend it with his parents and our older two while I stayed in the UK as Man-Child had school. This year, more or less the same although MC has school off, but he’s going on a school-related jolly to Spain. We are, however, hosting a few family members the week after, … [Read more...] about A Brit Back Home: UK Thanksgiving – From Green Beans to Brussels Sprouts (or not)
Editor's Note: This is the first in an ongoing series of recipes submitted by The Pie Society, a British themed bakery in Savannah Georgia. Check out their website here. The mouth-watering smell of shortbread baking every morning at Pie Society is sure to bring in passers-by walking through Savannah’s City Market. This traditional Scottish biscuit is a perfect … [Read more...] about British Recipe: Chocolate Shortbread Petticoat Tails
Over the years, as we’ve traveled to Britain more and more, I’ve gained a hearty appreciation for the cuisine of Britain. British food has always had a bit of a bad reputation but anyone who says so now hasn’t eaten there in the last 30 years. British food is spectacular. Savory. Delicious. Innovative. So, it’s no surprise that British food is becoming more and more popular … [Read more...] about Anglophile Reviews: The British Pie Society – Delicious British Meat Pies and Sausage Rolls Delivered to Your Home (USA Only)
Did you know that there are 35 US States that have a British themed grocery store? More than likely, there is a British store near you. Most of these places offer British groceries, goods, books, accessories and much more. Each store is unique. Some are tea shops, some are just like grocery stores. We thought it would be useful for our fellow Anglophiles to put together a list … [Read more...] about Anglophile 101: Massive Listing of British Themed Stores In the USA – British Groceries and Gifts in America
Editor's Note: This recipe originally appeared in Issue #4 of the Anglotopia Magazine last year. The author has kindly consented to us republishing it this year. This is the recipe that Mrs Anglotopia follows and if you follow our Facebook page, you'll have seen her share the process this past weekend. For many people in Hertfordshire (a leafy county immediately to the north … [Read more...] about British Recipe Corner: Perfect Mince Pies by Jane Colston – Make Your Christmas A Little More British
Cadbury Chocolate Selection - Full house Crazy about Cadbury? Then this delicious Cadbury Chocolate Selection - Full House Brit Kit contains all your Cadbury favourites! From Boost, Picnic, Wispa, Flake, Twirl, Crunchie, Double Decker, Curly Wurly - you name it, it’s in there! An excellent present full of everyone’s much-loved Cadbury choccies to enjoy! Brit Kit Letter … [Read more...] about Top 5 Brit Kits from British Corner Shop – Shipping for Christmas
Hell hath frozen over. I missed Thanksgiving. There, I said it. As someone who wasn’t raised with it and who’s been known to decry the much-venerated green bean casserole, (don’t get me started), I’ve surprised even myself, but man oh man, it was a good buffer. Yes, the shelves at Target and other monster retailers start filling up with Christmas stuff as soon as Halloween is … [Read more...] about The Repat Report: On Missing the Thanksgiving Buffer and the March Towards British Christmas, Adverts, Puddings and More
Planning the perfect Christmas party can be stressful at times. Whether you’re hosting for colleagues, friends or family – here at British Corner Shop we’ve opted in giving you a helping hand on picking the right classic British party treats. You can also see great Christmas party venues here. Beech’s Prosecco Truffles With sophisticated flavours and tantalizing textures, let … [Read more...] about Guest Post: All you need for the perfect British Themed Christmas party
Candy is certainly a popular treat around Halloween, and as children go door to door in their fancy dress costumes in the States, they can expect anything from M&M’s to those strange orange peanuts no one wants. While this practice originated in the United Kingdom, not as many families go trick or treating today, though you can still find communities where it continues or … [Read more...] about Top Ten of the Best British Sweets – Which One is Your Favo(u)rite?
With Autumn being a harvest season, it should be no surprise that plenty of food festivals are held during this part of the year. All over the United Kingdom, you can find culinary events that appeal to all tastes. While some can be dedicated to specific food items such as meat or oysters, most of Britain's food festivals celebrate the growing, preparation, and cooking of our … [Read more...] about The Brit Food Fiver – Five Great Autumn Food Festivals in Britain To Plan Your Next Trip Around
As a nation, we’re HUGE fans of pies. Whether sweet or savoury, Brits can enjoy a pie at any occasion. However, there is much debate over what constitutes as a ‘pie’. In fact, it is such a hot topic that there was even a petition to the UK government last year, signed by over 5,000 people, to get a pie classed as “a baked dish of fruit, or meat and vegetables, … [Read more...] about Guest Article: The Top 10 British Pies from British Corner Shop – What’s Your Favo(u)rite?
Despite an unfairly negative reputation, Anglophiles know that British food has real quality to it. Those who have traveled or lived in the United Kingdom long to bring some of the tastes of Britain back with them. Fortunately, many American grocery stores from World Market to Publix carry a number of British foodstuffs that you can bring home and enjoy. You can purchase any … [Read more...] about Ten Tastes of Britain You Can Probably Find at Your Local Grocery Store – Which is your Favo(u)rite?
We wrote last month about the new British Lifestyle subscription box service from Quaintly and we loved it. This month, they’re back with a box dedicated to Tea, as to borrow a baseball metaphor, they’ve hit the ball out of the park again. For those that don’t know, Quaintly is a new company based in Britain that is offering up a British themed lifestyle box every month. All … [Read more...] about Brit Product Reviews: Quaintly Subscription Box Review – Tea Edition – Unboxing Pictures
There's an awful myth out there that British food isn't very good, but we all know the truth. Biscuits, chicken tikki masalla, Sunday roast, fish and chips, all of these are quality dishes easily identified with the United Kingdom. However, some of these British dishes seem like their origins belong in the UK, but they were actually born elsewhere. Of course, some of these … [Read more...] about The Brit Food Fiver – Five “British” Foods Not Invented There – Which is Your Favourite?
We always like to share where we ate on our trips. We get asked all the time for restaurant recommendations so it’s helpful for us to summarize everywhere we ate into one place. We ate at a variety of places this past trip. Some places were great. Some places were not so great. We’ll always be honest about that. Eating in Britain is one of the true joys of traveling there … [Read more...] about Travels in Britain – Where We Ate During Our Weekend in London and Oxford
Editor's Note: Laurence also appears in the very first issue of the Anglotopia Magazine in an article about lessons he's learned living in the USA as a British Expat. Subscription Info here. Whether or not you are familiar with this famous British dessert, there is one thing that absolutely everyone knows about spotted dick and it is this: no one has ever spoken its name … [Read more...] about Lost in the Pond: 5 Things You Really Need to Know About Spotted Dick
In Great Britain, families celebrate Christmas together around the Christmas tree and watch each other open gifts, much like in the US! We share many of the same traditions with Britain: trimming the tree, decorating the house with holly and mistletoe, and hanging outdoor lights. Brits usually eat the main Christmas meal at lunchtime or early afternoon on Christmas Day. It's … [Read more...] about British Food at Christmas: A Guide to Some British Christmas Fare
America is a nation of immigrants, and with immigrants, come old world traditions. Plenty of American Christmas traditions come from other nations, such as Christmas Trees that originated with Germany. Of course, being largely settled by Britain in the 17th and 18th Centuries, many American traditions originated in England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. Our activities, … [Read more...] about The Christmas Fiver: Five British Christmas Traditions Imported to the United States
Since the spread of Christianity to the British Isles and the incorporation of many Pagan holidays into the Greco Roman calendar, many holidays in Britain have been associated with a number of saints and important moments in the Church’s history. Over time, these holy days or “feast days” became annual celebrations commemorating a saint or special moment, such as St. George or … [Read more...] about The Fiver: A Brief Guide to the Five Major Saint Feast Days Celebrated in the UK
Every country and region in the world has its own unique delicacies. While these local dishes have been around for centuries and seem perfectly normal to the people who live there, tourists might be a bit taken aback at them. However, were they to give these uniquely British dishes a chance, they might find a new favorite food. From the sweet to the savory, whether breakfast, … [Read more...] about The Brit Food Fiver – Five Unique British Foods You Have to Try – Which is your Favorite?
Last month, I wrote about a few differences and observations I've made about primary school here (or, at least my son's experience). One of the biggest differences is how the children are fed at my son's school. I thought it worthy of its own post in order to more thoroughly explain it. Again, just as I did in the last post, let me be clear that I only know about how school … [Read more...] about Dispatches from England: A Guide to English School Dinner
You may already know us as The English Pork Pie Company, but as we're becoming so much more than a pie business, we felt it was time for a change. We're now called Parker's, and we're proud to use our family name to bring you the best that Britain has to offer right here in America. Our recipes won't be changing and we still bake and ship our whole range of hearty British … [Read more...] about Brit Food: The English Pork Pie Company is Now Parker’s, A Great British Institution