Top 10 Food Brands Loved By Brits

Here in the UK, it goes without saying that we are known for having some incredible brands. Many of the classic brands you get in a British food store are now known worldwide and are highly sought after due to their iconic status. Some of these brands really are considered to be the best in the world and of course, we are proud that they are British. 


If you live abroad and you’re wondering what the best British brands are, keep reading today. Our team here at British Essentials have looked into what people love to buy from British food stores and we have put together a list of brands that are considered to be the very best. We can guarantee that all Brits will have at least one of these, if not all of them, in their home right now. 


  • Cadbury 

  • Founded in Birmingham way back in 1824 by John Cadbury, we are sure many will agree that Cadbury is one of the most well-known brands from the UK. Of course, the brand is known for their incredible chocolate and nowadays their product selection is incredibly impressive, you will be surprised how many of your favourites actually belong to the Cadbury brand. 


  • Heinz 

  • Whilst Heinz may have actually originated in Pittsburgh USA, it has a special place in many Brits’ hearts. Heinz products line the shelves in British food stores and there have been Heinz factories in the UK since the early nineteen hundreds. You can expect to find Heinz tins in every cupboard here in the UK. 


  • Robinsons 

  • If you’re buying a branded squash then it’s highly likely that you’ll be buying Robinsons. In 1823 Matthias Robinson created the brand and it actually started life in powder form. These days, in British food stores you will find a huge selection of Robinsons squash, from double concentrate to fruit creations, they have the perfect squash for everyone. 


  • Walkers

  • Walkers are undoubtedly one of the most famous crisp brands ever and it was founded in 1948 in Leicester by Henry Walker. This much-loved brand started with three main flavours of crisps, cheese and onion, salt and vinegar and ready salted but, these days they have such a vast range of flavours that covers almost anything you could imagine.


  • Mr Kipling 

  • When purchasing baked goods like cakes and pies, many Brits automatically turn to Mr Kipling. The brand was established in the 1960s and since then it has continually grown and become a household name here in the UK. The vast selection of products created by Mr Kipling that are sitting on the shelves of British food stores is huge these days. 


  • Rowntrees

  • Back in 1862, Henry Rowntree created a confectionery company in York and in 1869 he was joined by his brother Joseph Rowntree who eventually brought us the brand we know today. Fruit Pastels were one of the first treats to come from Rowntrees and they are undeniably still the most popular product. 


  • Bisto

  • Bisto has been a part of family mealtimes since 1908 and many Brits will only use Bisto gravy on their Sunday roast dinner. These days, no matter which type of meat you’re having, there are the perfect Bisto granules for your dinner. There really is no dispute that Bisto is in fact ‘the nation’s favourite’. 


  • Branston 

  • In the village of Branston near Burton Upon Trent back in 1922, the brand Branston brought us the first jarred pickle chutney that many Brits still love today. Whilst they are probably most famous for their chutney, today in British food stores you will find a range of Branston products including mayonnaise, tomato ketchup, brown sauce, salad cream and baked beans.


  • McVities

  • Nobody makes biscuits like McVities and they are a firm favourite here in the UK. Since Robert McVitie and his father opened their first store in Edinburgh in 1839, the nation has loved the McVities range. From chocolate digestives and rich tea biscuits to Hobnobs and Jaffa Cakes, British food stores and our cupboards are full of McVities treats. 


  • Hartleys 

  • If you’re buying jam in a British food store then there is only one brand to turn to, Hartleys. Since being introduced back in 1871 in Cambridgeshire, Hartley has brought us a range of marmalades, jams and jellies that are loved by everyone. Even though it may be considered a small brand when compared to others on this list, it still deserves its place. 


    Buying British brands 


    There is no denying that above are some of the best British brands and many of us living in the UK will stock up on these when we visit any British food store. Of course, whilst you can get some of them abroad, they aren’t as easy to come by. Don’t worry, if you’re living abroad then you can still get these incredible brands by visiting the British Essentials website today. Think of our site as your very own British food store, you will find items by all of the above brands and with international shipping available, wherever you are in the world, you can enjoy them. 

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