When it comes to eating abroad, the Brits aren’t known for their adventurous appetite. While holidaying overseas, many bypass the foreign food altogether, opting instead for more familiar favourites. For those that prefer to stick to what they know whilst away from the Motherland, travel search site Skyscanner presents 10 of the best places to eat British abroad.
Scallops Restaurant, Javea, Spain
Receiving some 16 million UK visitors each year, Spain is our favourite place to holiday and with hundreds of Brit bars and restaurants to choose from, there’s no need to actually eat Spanish food whilst you’re there. Scallops Restaurant in Javea on the Costa Blanca epitomises British “cheap and cheerful” with some great deals for the hungry Briton (three course menus for about 9 Euros, including a bottle of wine per diner) and a great view over Arenal beach. But the best thing about Scallops Restaurant? Buy a meal, and you get a voucher for a free full English breakfast the next day! It’s as if you never left home. Find cheap flights to Spain
Spainsburys, Valencia, Spain
In what surely must be a breach of trademark - Spainsburys, based in Valencia, Spain, allows British expats, or just visiting tourists, to get their fill of familiar food, offering all the British greats including Marmite, Heinz Baked Beans and Tetley tea bags. But Spainsburys is more than just a little taste of home; the supermarket claims to be the centre of the international expat community with an extensive notice board advertising items for sale, book swaps and community news. You can even enjoy listening to British radio stations as you browse for your Branston pickle and rich tea biscuits. Find cheap flights to Spain
Don’t be fooled by the amphibious name; FrogPubs are a British, (or more specifically, English) chain of seven pubs scattered throughout France, in Pairs, Toulouse and Bordeaux. The pubs even microbrew their own beer with some great names including: ‘Parislytic’, ‘Dark de Triomphe’ and our favourite ‘Inseine’. They also serve a variety of British meals and snacks, including the icon dish: Fish and chips, making them a popular place for both British expats and foreign tourists. Find cheap flights to France
Great Shakes, Corfu, Greece
Since 1986, Great Shakes on the Greek island of Corfu has been serving British tourists, expats and Greek locals a selection of food from the Motherland. When it comes to their pub grub, Great Shakes pride themselves on serving one of the Brits’ favourite foods: Indian. It also serves a range of non-Indian dishes such as steak and ale pie, scampi, and bangers and mash, and it can all be washed down with drinks from Blighty, including John Smith’s, Strongbow and Gordon’s Gin. Find cheap flights to Corfu
The Rising Sun, Tokyo, Japan
Westerners lost in translation in Tokyo need not worry about having to munch on raw fish or sip green tea; The Rising Sun - which claims the title of Tokyo’s oldest British pub - is a Victorian-style establishment adorned with traditional pub mirrors, signs, mugs and jugs. Serving a selection of classic British dishes such as shepherd’s pie, Welsh rarebit, and of course the all-day English breakfast, as well as London ale, Strongbow cider and London Pride, fussy foreigners need never go hungry in the Japanese capital ever again.
The Black Swan, Bangkok, Thailand
Claiming to be one of the ‘few authentic English pubs in Bangkok”, The Black Swan is a refuge for Brits wanting to dodge ping pong balls popping out of places they shouldn’t be. Stocked with classic British and Irish beers including John Smith’s and Kilkenny, the Black Swan offers a place to munch on Yorkshire pudding, pork pie, ploughman’s lunch and toad in the hole.
The Glen Scottish Restaurant, Kanata, Canada
Opened by Scottish immigrants in 1988, The Glen promises to be a “wee bit of Scotland” and diners are assured of a “warm Highland welcome”. Professing to serve the best fish and chips outside of Scotland (a strangely common claim), the restaurant also offers hearty soups, haggis, neeps and tatties. It has even been voted Kanata’s best restaurant 2007 and 2008 - so they are obviously doing something right.
English Tea House and Restaurant, Sandakan, Borneo, Malaysia.
A trip back to Colonial times, The English Tea House is “housed in a meticulously renovated colonial house” allowing spectacular views of the town and Sandakan Bay. Guests can nibble on scones and clotted cream, English fish and chips and shepherd’s Pie. For the true English experience, you can even grab a mallet and play a game of croquet on the manicured lawn. Simply spiffing stuff!
British Sweets and Treats, Glebe, Sydney, Australia
For the Brits abroad down under, The British Sweets and Treats store in Sydney is a favourite of resident expats with a sweet tooth. From Bertie Basset’s liquorice allsorts, to humbugs, treacle toffee, black jacks, love hearts and even Blackpool rock, if Willy Wonker had an Australian outlet, this would be it.
Flanangan’s Irish Pub, Vienna, Austria
Irish pubs are like sand and Australians - they have a habit of getting everywhere. And yes, we know they’re Irish not British, but we just had to give Flanagan’s Irish pub in Vienna a special mention, because this Irish pub is more Irish than most Irish pubs outside of Ireland. No really. For centuries, this pub stood in the village of Church-town, County Cork, Ireland, serving the locals flagons of Irish stout and Kilkenny ale. Then one day, it was dismantled, transported to Vienna and reassembled brick by brick in the centre of the city, creating Vienna’s only genuine Irish pub. Now it serves Irish stout and Kilkenny ale to Viennese, British tourists and Irish expats.