Maybe you are fairly new to Nova Scotia and wondering if it’s possible to buy British food in Nova Scotia. Your luck is in. You can more or less find anything on your shopping list, but be prepared to pay a premium for it.
For the longest time, we craved proper back bacon, walkers crisps and Ribena. We nearly had to take out another mortgage to pay for them, though 😉
Nowadays, we very rarely crave British foods or goodies and tend to shop locally. But if you are looking for something specific (like mince pies or selection boxes) then check out the following places, where I guarantee you will find everything you are looking for and more…..
Pete’s Fine Foods (formerly Pete’s Frootique) located in Sunnyside Mall, Bedford and Dresden Row, Halifax
Pete is a British entrepreneur and media personality who moved to Canada 30 odd years ago. As a former greengrocer, he is well known as a culinary fruit and vegetable expert and has had much success with Pete’s, before selling it to Sobeys in 2015 to focus on developing his Luckett vineyards. Pete’s Best of Britain food selection is awesome. You will find everything from home, including wonderful cheeses, biscuits and seasonal treats. Just visiting Pete’s is an experience, such wonderful fresh food and premium quality. It’s not a cheap place to shop though but once in a while, it’s well worth the splurge.
Delish Fine Foods – based in Upper Tantallon and owned and operated independently by Linda and Denis Dineen, who emigrated to Canada from the U.K. in 2000.
Delish Fine Foods carries a broad range of imported British and European packaged products and adds plenty of seasonal items for Easter and Christmas. Just last week, I picked up reasonably priced selection boxes for the kids and the mince pies were not too badly priced either (although I just make my own these days).
You can also shop for cold meats, Cumberland sausages, proper bacon and their speciality…British pies and pasties. If you are craving a scotch egg or a steak and kidney pie, this is the place to visit.
Other suppliers carrying a smaller (but ever growing) selection of British food in Nova Scotia include Bulk Barn, Walmart, Sobeys, Atlantic Superstore. I have found lots of essential well-priced British foods in these places.
Your other option is to order online but you will have a postal charge to contend with. One of the cheaper online stores I have come across is the British Grocer Wholesale based out of Ontario but ships to Nova Scotia in 3-5 days. You may want to check it out here.
Hope this helps! Do you have any tips for finding the best value and choice when it comes to stocking up the pantry with British food in Nova Scotia? If so, I’d love to hear…..
Until next time,
Jane & Richard
Moving 2 Nova Scotia