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Anywhere I can find British style bacon and sausage?

drirayn Jan 24, 2012 08:24 AM

Hi! I've recently moved here from the UK and am seriously missing the bacon and sausage I could get there. I'm talking cumberland, chipolatas, lincolnshire, sage and apple, etc.

Does anyone know if local buthers make any of their own sausage similiar to those or do the cuts of back bacon that the Brits do? Thanks!

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    drewpbalzac Jan 24, 2012 12:43 PM

    I would check with Mr. Canales at Canales Delicatessen in Eastern Market. Amongst the 20-30 sausages he stocks their may be some that fit the bill or he may be able to order some from his suppliers if he can lock down the product and he can match it to a vendor. I haven't seen back bacon but his traditional belly bacon rocks and he usually has Irish bacon (loin) back in his freezer. Some of his products are not displayed so don't be afraid to ask.

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    1. re: drewpbalzac
      agarnett100 Jan 24, 2012 12:57 PM

      In the US we call back bacon "Canadian Bacon" - try Whole Foods or Harris Teeter
      You can also check out The Queen Vic on H Street NE - its serves British Pub food and breakfast

      1. re: agarnett100
        drewpbalzac Jan 24, 2012 01:08 PM

        Sounds like the Irish Bacon that Mr. Canales carries. Thanks for clearing up what "back bacon" is for me.

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          drirayn Jan 25, 2012 07:07 PM

          Do they have black pudding? YUM! Sounds win.

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            hill food Jan 25, 2012 09:37 PM

            one of the counters has "ring" pudding and I could swear I've seen boudin noir, although you may want to call ahead to see if they have that exact variety of food product.

        2. re: drewpbalzac
          drirayn Jan 25, 2012 07:07 PM

          Thanks! I will check this out. Where is the Eastern Market?

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            drewpbalzac Jan 25, 2012 07:17 PM

            Capitol Hill


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            sweetietray Jul 17, 2012 06:37 AM

            thanks for this because this is my goto place for meats at Eastern Mkt. I'm never disappointed!

          3. ktmoomau Jan 25, 2012 08:50 AM


            Might be worth checking out, very good homemade sausages.

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              Milocat1 Jan 25, 2012 09:33 AM

              I was in Society Fair in Alexandria on Saturday and they have a small butcher counter that had fresh sausages and bacon. May not be what you are looking for but you could give them a call or visit.

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                OldSchool Jan 25, 2012 02:19 PM

                This place might be what you're looking for. Looks like they import the sausages and other products.


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                  SpareRib Jan 25, 2012 03:28 PM

                  The British Pantry is a reliable supplier for REAL imported English bacon and sausages. Their prices are staggering, but when you need a fix of the real thing you gotta do what you gotta do.

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                    drirayn Jan 25, 2012 07:08 PM

                    Thanks for that link, I would have never found that gem otherwise!

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                    rHairing Jan 25, 2012 05:54 PM

                    Pure Pasty Co. in Vienna VA carries imported extras from time to time. Plus I love the pasties:)


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                    1. re: rHairing
                      drirayn Jan 25, 2012 07:09 PM

                      God, pasties are the ultimate comfort food on the go. I loved eating them on a cold day while waiting for a train when I was in the UK.

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                        xdcx Jan 27, 2012 11:57 AM

                        pure pasty's are great. they sell them uncooked as well. We buy extra and freeze them since it's a decent hike for us to get them regularly.

                    2. alkapal Jan 26, 2012 06:58 PM

                      there is a british import store in the clarendon neighborhood of arlington, on the north side of wilson blvd, east of highland street. (next to the boulevard woodgrill). (metro, orange line, clarendon stop).

                      Classic Cigars & British Goodies
                      2907 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
                      (703) 525-6510 ‎

                      let's meat on the avenue (del ray neighborhood of alexandria) is run by an english butcher, and he makes sausage. i know in the past that he has offered cumberland sausages.

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