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Nov 3, 2009 04:40 PM

Hovis Bread

Has anyone seen this in Vancouver? Again, a British thing but I used to get it in White Rock. Unique flavour - sweet and nutty.

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  1. I have seen it at Celtic Treasures at 41st and Dunbar in Vancouver. Can't vouch for quality.

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    1. re: Philx

      We ate this all the time when we were kids growing up in Kerrisdale! I think mum got it from Moore's but I'll try to find out...

      1. re: grayelf

        omg as they say - whatever became of MOORES - what was the nice dress shop next door! and the Kerrisdale Bootery (not bakery) - vol au vents that i am now looking for - the tea cakes - and the hovis

        it used to come in a cello package at Woodwards - then Safeway - and i presume many other places.

        what is hovis - a fine dark rye bread? thinly sliced by machine only and toasted. With butter on top, nothing better.

        i came across this recipe

        only the brits would add gravy mix to a bread - were we not just talking about marmite and chip (crisp) flavors?

    2. Tinker's Hatch on MacKenzie just north of 33rd has nice Hovis according to my wife (I am not a big fan of Hovis).

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      1. re: J and V

        Thanks. I'll give these places a try.

      2. Tinker's Hatch really does have good hovis bread, also, if you go to Sidney on the Ferry, Fairway grocery store has a very good one, although it is sliced, which I don't like. There are some good recipes on line as well..... Enjoy, Happy New year!

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        1. re: sidlee

          Mum confirmed it was Moore's. I'd hate to have to slice Hovis bread commercially as it's so tiny...

          1. re: grayelf

            Didn't see this till today. Thanks folks. Off I go to both those places.

            1. re: repartee

              I live in the Fraser Valley and don't get into the big city all that often. Does anyone know of anywhere outside Vancouver that sells Hovis bread or scones? Or do I have to try and make my own?

        2. Also looking for a place in Kelowna area where I can purchase. Or perhaps online. Crazy enough it might work

          1. Is there a particular type of Hovis which you're into?

            I live in the UK and think Hovis bread is pretty much the UK equivalent of Wonder Bread.

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            1. re: brokentelephone

              hi there - i think we are talking about a dense small brown (taffy) colored loaf - for us out here it was thinly sliced

              i think there were even hovis crackers (biscuits) - aren't they still in those cheese biscuit multi-paks that we get out here from Pres Choice and such. it's kind of like a meatier less sweet digestive biscuit
              - like this one from Tesco

              goodness knows i'm crazy about Jacobs Cornish Wafers (which i think are at Celtic Treasure Chest on Dunbar


              here is a link to what the good old Celtic Treasure Chest calls "Jacobs Hovis Digestive" (you have to scroll thru the list and call them) -

              here is what the bread looks like ---