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English shop in the Bay area?

Where can I buy English foodstuff in the Bay Area? We recently moved to the area and I am looking for an English speciality store...thanks!

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  1. I've always noticed the one on El Camino in San Carlos, British Food Centre. Here's a Web link with more info. There seems to be a bigger store in Campbell.


    Here in Half Moon Bay Cameron's Pub also has a small British foodstuff store in its restaurant if you happen to visit here but probably isn't as extensive as these other stores.

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    1. re: Wendy_san

      I have been to the Campbell main store location for the British Food Centre. I am not British but know of British expats that love this shop.

      British Food Centre
      Kirkwood Plaza
      1614 W. Campbell Ave.
      Campbell, CA 95008
      PHONE: (408) 374-7770
      TOLL FREE: (888) 747-5522

    2. Haven't been there.. but they might have some stuff here.


      The Junket
      235 El Cerrito Plz, El Cerrito, CA 94530

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      1. re: kc72

        Wow, The Junket's still around? I worked there in the late 80's. At that time, they had both a deli and foodstuffs. I don't know if either aspect has changed, but it was nicely stocked back then.

      2. You can find a few British imports at a reasonable price at Cost Plus World Market, such as some Heinz tinned products (including Spotted Dick), lemon curd, biscuits, teas, condiments, even a bunch of Shere Khan products.

        Cost Plus World Market
        2552 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA

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        1. re: Xiao Yang

          I'll add some peripheral suggestions to make you feel at home. John Campbell's Irish Bakery is a great place for Irish breads, Cornish Pasties, scones and other readymade items. Fiona's Sweetshop, downtown, features British candies.

          John Campbell's Irish Bakery
          5625 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

          Fiona's Sweetshoppe
          214 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA

        2. Piazza's supermarket off 92 has a small British section on the back end of an aisle roughly opposite the dairy cabinets.

          1. Surprisingly, the Monterey Market in Berkeley has a section of British imports along one wall.

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            1. re: Glencora

              Berkeley Bowl has a fairly large selection of British imports as well.

            2. Draeger's Market in San Mateo has part of an aisle dedicated to British foods

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              1. re: Giselle

                Mollie Stones in San Mateo does as well

                1. re: Giselle

                  In Marin, Mollie Stones in Greenbrae has a large selection. Also, United Markets in San Rafael have their British imported goods at the ends of two of aisles.

                2. In the city of SF, here are two places I visit from time to time :

                  You Say Tomato on California St - http://www.yousaytomato.biz/
                  British Foods in Potrero Hill (15th St) - http://www.britshoppe.com/

                  You Say Tomato
                  1526 California St, San Francisco, CA

                  British Grocery
                  726 15th St, San Francisco, CA

                  1. BJ Gardner's English Tea Room
                    531 Main Street
                    Pleasanton, CA 94566
                    (925) 484-5456
                    They have a small grocery store in the back.

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                    1. re: heltsai

                      Add (coming soon to Ghirardelli Square): Crown & Crumpet


                      Hubby can get a snoutful at O'Neills whislt wife sips tea at C&C.

                      1. re: heltsai

                        I persnally think thsi was far better in the old location. I went not that long ago and didn't end up buying anything. The re-location seemed to have resulted in prices jumping through the roof. nice selection but unless the prices have dropped its out of my range!

                      2. G&G Markets (Petaluma and Santa Rosa) also have English foodstuffs.


                        1. I personally think You Say Tomato is the best of the bunch around these parts. The Junket has a limited selection but without doubt my altime biggest shock place to get a good selection of English food is Longs in Martinez (CEnter Avenue shooping Center). A good beer selection and a good biscuit/ cereal etc selection. Chocolate crisps and soda are a little lacking but I can forgive that. Also the usual suspects in the frozen pies etc.

                          I just thinkit is so admirable that a Longs manager has the balls to stock this stuff (and judging by things) and sell it well. Prices are resonable and often more competitive than the likes of You Say Tomato.

                          Last one is Village Market on Broadway Terrace in oakland. small selection but a few things nevertheless.

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                          1. re: rob133

                            I am living with a guy from London and we usually hit Cost Plus for most of the baked goods, chocolates and the Safeway in Potrero for canned custard and other canned British foods that seem to me like they shouldn't be in a can. You Say Tomato is perfect for fililng in the holes as they seem to have packed everything he has ever said he missed in one tiny storefont.

                          2. What about Roxie Market on Kirkham at about 9th Ave?

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                            1. re: walker

                              Yes, Roxie's does stock English condiments and some specialties.

                              Roxie's Market & Deli
                              500 Kirkham St, San Francisco, CA

                            2. I believe Haig's Delicacies on Clement also carries a wide variety of British items.

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                              1. re: gaianeh

                                Oh yeah, I found Christmas crackers there.

                              2. Hector Russell Scottish Imports and Whisky Shop on Sutter Street (near Stockton) carries some British food. I also recall seeing an Irish store on Geary out in the Richmond district, that seemed to carry food.

                                Whiskey Shop of San Francisco
                                360 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA

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                                1. re: kresge86

                                  There's also the British Grocery on 15th Street.

                                  1. re: SarahKC

                                    How is that place? I was going to go in today at lunch while running an errand to Comcast and was put off by a closed door that had a sign that said "please ring bell for entrance".

                                    1. re: SarahKC

                                      Thought you might check out your latest post so here a link for you.

                                  2. Not English per se, though British via New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji:
                                    Mangals Market on E. 14th in San Leandro:
                                    Stacks and stacks of random pallets of things which, as Meredith said a bit
                                    above, seem like they shouldn't be in cans.

                                    Mangal's Market
                                    1699 E 14th St, San Leandro, CA