HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >

Where to find British Food?

~Margaret~ Dec 2, 2004 05:52 PM

I have an addiction to british food especially british chocolate and candy. What I'm pleading everyone in Toronto is help me find McVities Hob Nobs. There's an image of it on this website. http://www.englishteastore.com/mcbi.html

So what am I to do? Am I doom to order online or fly back to England to just get a box of chocolate or worse . . . starve off my British chocolate addiction?

Just waiting,

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. c
    charlie RE: ~Margaret~ Dec 2, 2004 08:07 PM

    the food depot at 155 Dupont Street has hobnobs, and it's open 24 hours a day

    any tips on english tea?



    5 Replies
    1. re: charlie
      ss RE: charlie Dec 3, 2004 07:34 AM

      Try this website, they offer free delivery downtown

      Link: http://www.greatbritishgoods.com/

      1. re: ss
        gee RE: ss Dec 4, 2004 12:50 PM

        William Ashley carries Yorkshire Gold tea, loose and in bags.

      2. re: charlie
        Markaroni RE: charlie Dec 3, 2004 11:24 AM

        I really dislike the Orange Pekoe that is so prevalent here. There are few alternatives. Twinings English breakfast is overpriced as is Ty-phoo (which I find mediocre). Value-priced Presidents Choice EB is dismal.

        You can sometimes find PG Tips at Loblaws. But I usually get Lipton's tea in the flat square yellow boxes. The price is reasonable and the taste is decent.

        I love the triangular bags you get in the UK these days. Anyone seen those here? What fun. They steep really quickly.

        I miss the M&S tea we used to get here... Any other suggestions?

        1. re: Markaroni
          KSS RE: Markaroni Jan 31, 2005 03:02 PM

          There is a tea shop in Markville mall in Markham (Hwy 7 & McCowan). I think it is call the English Tea Shop.

          It has atleast 2 dozen types of teas plus many British foods.

        2. re: charlie
          qwerty RE: charlie Dec 3, 2004 05:05 PM

          I think Loblaws or Dominion carry Ahmad Tea, and Holt Renfrew carries Fortnum and Mason tea. Or you can go to any of the specialty teas place - house of tea, tea emporium, capital tea, the tea leaf and choose what you like. They have a great selection and good staff who can help you choose.

        3. l
          Lazar RE: ~Margaret~ Dec 3, 2004 06:07 AM

          As far as Hob Nobs, I just go to Loblaws, Dominion, IGA, etc, any of the big store chains, and go to their cookie aisle. They always have a selection of McVitties. Sometimes it is separated with the "premium" biscuits.

          1. ~
            ~ Margaret ~ RE: ~Margaret~ Dec 3, 2004 11:56 PM

            Thanks everyone for the suggestions! It's time for me to go shopping!

            1. s
              SusannaMoodie RE: ~Margaret~ Dec 10, 2004 09:05 AM

              I picked up a package of Hob Nobs at Meat on The Beach, near Queen E. and Woodbine. They have the chocolate ones also, and digestives.

              1. t
                tomgrrrl RE: ~Margaret~ Jan 27, 2010 04:05 AM

                Bulk Barn at Lakeshore and Leslie carry a selection of British chocolates and sweets.

                Also, the Nutty Chocolatier on Queen East in the Beach carries crips, chocolates, baked beans, soups etc. Might have the biscuits you're looking for.

                I was also at Denninger's in Hamilton a month or so ago and noticed that they carried a selection of British goods.

                1. e
                  evansl RE: ~Margaret~ Jan 27, 2010 04:46 AM

                  There's a place on the south side of Queen Street in The Beaches that has lots of Brit food. There is (or at least was) also place in Port Hope.

                  1. m
                    Michelle in T.O. RE: ~Margaret~ Jan 27, 2010 10:32 AM

                    There is a store in Mississauga called A Bit of Home(also with a web based mail order biz) that is located on Burnamthorped Rd. Check out their web site and see all the goodies they stock. You can have it shipped or contact the store and pick it up there. The female owner( I forget her name...oops) is from Dublin originally and is a delight to deal with. Good luck & happy munchin'!

                    3 Replies
                    1. re: Michelle in T.O.
                      Herne RE: Michelle in T.O. Jan 27, 2010 12:03 PM

                      Pippins teas on Queen street East near Wineva has a large selection of English/UK Teas. Yorkshire Gold and Red, Typhoo, Barry's and several more.

                      1. re: Herne
                        fatman0000 RE: Herne Jan 27, 2010 07:04 PM

                        There is a Scottish bakery in Brampton on Drew Rd. I believe it is Old Country Scottish Bakery. They are From Scotland and all there baked goods are made there. They suplly most of the British stores in the city. they also have some british groceries and may have some chocloate.

                      2. re: Michelle in T.O.
                        Pharah RE: Michelle in T.O. May 24, 2010 12:47 PM

                        They have moved from the Burnhamthorpe rd location to Rathburn and Tomken.

                        Also in Mississauga there is Little Bit of Britain in Meadowvale shopping centre. The people there are always friendly and helpful. For this last Christmas I needed a mowbury pie for my FIL, which they were out of at the time. They took my phone number and called me as soon as they got one in, and reserved it for me when I couldn't get there immedietely. They have a good selection of traditional English pies and other foods, as well as football (soccer) memorabilia, dvds, etc...

                        EDIT: This is a reply to the post by Michelle in T.O. which for some reason did not appear beneath her post.

                      3. g
                        Gary RE: ~Margaret~ Jan 28, 2010 04:05 AM

                        There's a little tourist trap of a store on Front St East called the Flatiron Christmas Market, just across the street from the Flatiron building. It sells (amongst tons of other creepy christmasy crap) a selection of imported British candies, snacks, tinned foods, etc. I think it's aimed at homesick British tourists or expats. I can't say for sure that they have the exact items you listed, but if you're downtown it might be worth sticking your neck it. It's all on a table/shelf across from the cash registers.

                        3 Replies
                        1. re: Gary
                          Livingtoeat RE: Gary Jan 28, 2010 10:12 AM

                          The original post is a little over 5 years old. I hope she found a supplier of British goods by now!

                          1. re: Livingtoeat
                            CeeQueue RE: Livingtoeat Jan 28, 2010 03:03 PM

                            Mrs. Bridges' British Bakery is a good source. I go to their Eglinton Square location, but they also have another one around town somewhere.

                            1. re: Livingtoeat
                              Gary RE: Livingtoeat Jan 28, 2010 03:34 PM

                              Oh, ha. I didn't even notice. But the good thing is that even if the original poster is long gone, often other people will search for the same thing and get some tips.

                          2. o
                            Oakville Boy RE: ~Margaret~ Jan 30, 2010 07:00 PM

                            There is a British store on Jones St. in the first block south of Lakeshore in Oakville. (Near Bronte Rd). If you are dying for a "packet of crisps" instead of Frito Lays, they usually have a decent selection here, as well as Marks and Spencer teas. Stock seems to come and go though. I haven't been there since last summer but they are long-established here.

                            They also have a small bakery section with decent pies and eccles cakes. There is a pretty good selection of candy most of the time altho I am not partial to British chocolate myself - give me the European stuff anytime!

                            1. t
                              the wanderer RE: ~Margaret~ May 13, 2010 12:49 PM

                              If your in Cambridge, Ont. Try the Best of British in the Southworks mall They have all the goodies and the best in baked goods including scotch eggs and pasties.

                              1. e
                                evansl RE: ~Margaret~ May 22, 2010 05:05 AM

                                Is there any place in GTA that sells Fortnum & Mason products?

                                2 Replies
                                1. re: evansl
                                  tochowchick RE: evansl May 22, 2010 06:51 AM

                                  Holt Renfrew used to but I'm not sure if they still do...check them out...

                                  1. re: tochowchick
                                    theFword RE: tochowchick May 26, 2010 07:23 AM

                                    I just got back from a day trip in Bowmanville and they have two nice shops on the main street that had a large selection of British food.

                                Show Hidden Posts