Tea, chocolate – and MARMITE have topped a list of food and drinks expats couldn’t live without.

Also among the most-loved food and beverage items are crumpets, Heinz salad cream and Irn Bru.

Other items missed by those overseas include bacon, mustard and Twiglets.

The British dessert staple custard also made the top 30, along with marmalade, scones and malt vinegar.

The poll of almost 1,000 expats also found more than two thirds named British food as the thing they miss most from home, outside of family and friends.

Alex Kortland, communications manager at British Corner Shop, which commissioned the research, said: “Moving abroad can be tremendously exciting.

“But often it’s only once you’ve settled somewhere else, that you realise there are certain things which are much harder to get hold of.

“They may seem small and insignificant but sometimes you want that little taste of home with your favourite food or drink.

“Short of making extra visits to the U.K, or forcing guests to bring jar after jar of Marmite out with them, we’ve been helping Brits satisfy their cravings for the foods they love from Britain for over 20 years.”

The study also revealed some of the more unusual items missed by those who have moved away, with one expat longing for pressed cod roe.

Another lamented they weren’t able to get hold of Tennent’s Lager.

While another expat said they were happy with all the foodstuffs they were able to get – but their cat was missing Whiskas Crunch.

Forty-eight per cent said they feel excited when they see products from home in their local area.

Others even went as far to say they felt relieved (17 per cent) and nostalgic about home (21 per cent).

It also emerged 52 per cent of expats have a hankering for a traditional British pub.

Another four in 10 miss the sight of the rolling hills of the British countryside, while more than half long for the classic British humour.

The study also explored why those polled left the UK – three in 10 moved away to accept a new job.

A fifth were attracted by the lifestyle overseas, around one in 20 wanted a new adventure and three in 10 left so they could enjoy better weather.


1. Tea
2. Chocolate
3. Marmite
4. Gravy
5. Biscuits
6. Crisps
7. Beans
8. Bacon
9. Pies
10. Cereal
11. Pickle
12. Sausages
13. Crumpets
14. Squash
15. Cheese
16. Bread
17. Bovril
18. Mustard
19. Cake
20. Salad Cream
21. Sweets
22. Soup
23. Marmalade
24. Irn Bru
25. Beer
26. Custard
27. Malt Vinegar
28. Scones
29. Fish & Chips
30. Twiglets