5 Foods Every British Expat Misses in Australia

5 foods every british expat misses in austrlia

Firstly, I’m actually surprised this is my very first post dedicated to food considering I think about my next meal before I’ve even finished eating. As much as I LOVE the food in Australia (brunch is out of this world), I do really miss those home comforts that you just can’t get over here. So while there’s a million things to look forward to about living in this country, here’s a heads up of those foods you’re really going to miss.


As soon as I stepped off the plane in Manchester during my trip home, I was already planning my pilgrimage to the mecca of baked savoury goods that is Greggs. Nothing beats walking around town on a Saturday scoffing one of those tasty parcels of warm flakey deliciousness! While you can get a fairly average ‘Aussie meat pie’ over here, there’s a steak bake shaped hole in the market for a decent British pasty. So whether your go-to is a sausage roll or lukewarm chicken bake, you’ll definitely be pining for a Greggs at least once a week – sorry to break it to you.

Yorkshire tea


Don’t get me wrong, the food in Australia is pretty awesome, but one of the most disappointing things about Aussie food is the poor effort of the crisp selection. Seriously, I took British crisps for granted before moving over here. Not only do they not sell chilli heatwave Doritos (wtf, I know), the ‘baked crisp’ variety (such as Quavers or Frazzles) is virtually non existent. The best you’ll get is a pack of Cheezels, basically like a poor version of a Wotsit.

Walkers brown sauce crisps


So you head to the supermarket, pick yourself up a Cadbury’s choccie bar and tuck in. What you think is a delicious creamy slab of Dairy Milk turns out to be an underwhelming Aussie imposter on the inside. Apparently the recipe is different so that the chocolate doesn’t melt as fast in the heat, which means you can forget that melt-in-the-mouth taste that you loved so dearly about chocolate at home. But all is not lost friends, online supermarkets like British Corner Shop makes sure you can get your fix with their online shop and delivery service. I got all these treats from home delivered to my door in less than 2 weeks! What a time to be alive.

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british expat food

Supermarket Meal Deals

Marks and Spencer, the undisputed king of the meal deal game. Yes Australia, an organic, locally sourced freshly made sandwich is great, but sometimes you just want to bring it back to basics and pick up a ham and cheese packaged sarni and a bag of mini cheddars and be on your way. I really miss the no-nonsense 4 quid meal deal selection, it’s consistent and cost efficient.

manchester worker bee


Proper Fish & Chips

And finally, this brings me onto the ultimate heartache of British Expats – a proper chippy tea. You can get fish and chips in Australia, BUT IT’S JUST NOT THE SAME. The chips are too clean cut, the fish is too fancy and where the hell are the mushy peas?! There’s just something very wholesome about our nation’s favourite dish. A timeless classic that’s good for the soul – you’ll never find anything quite like it over here. All I want is proper British fish and chips and a can of pop, is that too much to ask?

fizzy vimto drink

If you’re a Brit living in Oz, what food do you miss from home? Let me know!


This post was kindly sponsored by British Corner Shop however all views and opinions are my own.



  1. October 17, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    So true about the Aussie imposter chocolate. It’s just not the same. And all the fancy flavours they have here can’t compensate for that!

    What I really miss is decent pick’n’mix. It’s rubbish here! And I am having serious trouble getting my hands on a reliable supply of dolly mixtures. It’s a dilemma.

    • Katie | Half A World Away
      October 18, 2017 / 9:00 am

      The chocolate just isn’t as creamy is it? Totally agree on the pick ‘n’ mix! I used to love getting a 20p mix from the corner shop when I was a kid! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. October 19, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    i go to my local woolworths and head for the english selection area they have branston pickle mushy peas bisto gravy chicken and beef flavour i get my mr kipling cakes from there my minstrels tayto crisps wispa bars fry’s chocolate creams the only thing i cannot get what i yearn for are walkers crisps and walnut whips

    • Katie | Half A World Away
      October 20, 2017 / 9:29 am

      They have a similar section in my local Coles – not as much selection compared to British Corner Shop though!

  3. Helen
    October 20, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Love this post! I wish Boots meal deals were available on the British Corner Shop haha. Might order myself a Christmas pressie of chocolate.

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