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Where can I buy UK food in Spain near me

You can buy UK food in Spain from about 20 to 30 physical supermarkets and online shopping websites. The British Supermarket chain has 18 shops around Spain. While Spain has its own selection of wonderful food, sometimes there’s nothing like a good old British turkey dinner and some mince pies. So, can you get British food in Spain?

Spain is a country that takes great pride in its traditional food dishes and especially for Christmas. With a wide range of sweet treats and delicious meals enjoyed throughout the festive period. While Spain has its own selection of wonderful food, sometimes there’s nothing like a good old British turkey dinner and some mince pies. From traditional turkey and stuffing, to gammon, gravy, mince pies and everyone’s favourite tins of sweets, this is where to find British food staples in Spain.

Brexit and customs rules and bringing food to Spain

While in the past Brits managed to fill their suitcases and bring their favourite British ingredients and treats back to Spain, Brexit and new customs rules have made this more complicated and in some cases impossible. Britons can no longer import animal-derived products from the UK into the EU, even if these are only in small quantities or for personal use. This means that things such as mincemeat jars, Christmas pudding and even chocolates and custard aren’t as readily available as they used to be.

Buy UK food in Spain

In coastal areas such as the Costa del Sol, Murcia and Alicante, where there is a large British expat community, it will be much easier to find British food, including special shops and butchers that sell only British goods.

British butchers in Spain

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One of the main ingredients that Brits in Spain will be after is meat, turkey and gammon to be precise. While some Spanish butchers will stock these cuts, it isn’t always the case. However, there are also British butchers in Spain that have everything from traditional meat to good old British sausages and bacon. One such example is the British Butcher in Estepona, a family owned business located in the Benavista area of the Costa del Sol that specialises in British meats and homemade products. And fear not if you don’t happen to live nearby, as home delivery is available throughout Spain.

British supermarkets in Spain

First things first, are there any Tesco stores in Spain? Those who live in southern Spain are in luck, as there are 4 supermarkets in Spain called The Food Co. that are supplied by Tesco. With stores in Ciudad Quesada (Alicante), Puerto de Mazarrón (Murcia), Mijas/Fuengirola (Malaga) and Gibraltar, The Food Co. aim is to bring loved British brands to British expats in Spain, stocking over 7,500 products that are sure to bring that little taste of home to Spain.

Brits close to Marbella will also be able to pay a visit to the Marks and Spencer food hall in La Cañada shopping centre, which although small in size, always stocks some British favourites throughout the year, and especially at Christmas time.

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However, if you don’t live near one of Spain’s British supermarkets on the costas, there are other options. Some bigger Spanish supermarkets often have an international food section and in many cases there is a small selection of British products. This includes Carrefour, which often stocks things such as mince pies, as well as El Corte Inglés which has a gourmet food section often including some British treats, and Hipercor which also often stocks things like mince pies and even Christmas crackers. A considerable number of Spanish cities, both on the coast and inland, are also home to Dealz, the Spanish branch of poundland, which always stocks a range of British Christmas products.

Where can I buy UK foods online in Spain?

There are many online companies where you can buy UK foods online. One example is the British Corner Shop, which supplies Brits living abroad with a wide range of British treats from popular British brands and supermarkets, including Cadbury’s and M&S. From mince pies and mincemeat to Christmas puddings, stuffing, gravy granules, cranberry sauce, Christmas crackers, selection boxes and more. You’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing British Christmas food to be delivered to Spain.

Here is a list of websites where you can buy UK food online:

Can you get mince pies in Spain?

Mince pies in Spain are widely available in British supermarkets, as well as online and in some large Spanish supermarkets, such as Carrefour and Hipercor, as well as in El Corte Inglés and Dealz. Alternatively, if you can get your hands on some mincemeat, you can make your own mince pies in Spain this Christmas, and impress your Spanish friends with this delicious Christmas treat.

British Christmas dinner in Spain: pubs and restaurants

For those who want to enjoy a good old turkey dinner in Spain but don’t fancy cooking, there are also pubs and restaurants in Spain that serve up a British dinner. In areas of Spain such as the Costa del Sol, you’ll be spoilt for choice, with restaurants such as The Carvery Company standing out. For those spending Christmas in Madrid, we also recommend the James Joyce Irish Pub, which won’t disappoint with its traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, as well as serving Sunday roasts on a weekly basis all year round.

Or if you feel like going out for a UK pub lunch or dinner we recommend:

The British Supermarket chain (Overseas Supermercados) currently has 18 British Supermarket stores all over Spain.

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British Supermarket – Marbella, Spain.

British Supermarket – Mijas, Spain.

British Supermarket – Xàbia, Spain.

British Supermarket – Benidorm, Spain.

British Supermarket – Orihuela, Spain.

British Supermarket – Alicante, Spain.

British Supermarket – San Javier, Spain.

British Supermarket – Guadalmina, Spain.

British Supermarket – Pueblo Nuevo, Spain.

British Supermarket – Vera, Spain.

British Supermarket – Benissa, Spain.

British Supermarket – Costa Adeje, Spain.

British Supermarket – Pinar de Campoverde, Spain.

British Supermarket – Sitio de Calahonda, Spain.

British Supermarket – Los Cristianos, Spain.

British Supermarket – Playa Blanca, Spain.

British Supermarket – San Bartolomé, Spain.

British Supermarket – Las Chafiras, Spain.

British Food and Drink in Spain

Spain remains one of the top UK’s food and drink export market. It was the UK’s sixth largest food and drink export market, receiving £517 million of UK food and drink exports in 2013, making Spain a unique and mature market for British exporters.

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