Two weeks ago I wrote a blog post about  German food words in everyday English when my friend Suzan St Maur told me she got hungry reading my post and where could she buy some German sausages. And, actually, could I write a blog post about where you can buy German food in England.

So this post is for you, Suze, and everybody else who is interested in buying German food.

When Suze asked me about Bratwurst, my first answer was LIDL  as it’s a German shop anyway. Although you can buy lots of English items there, you can get some very nice German sausages or other meat.

Bratwurst

Frankfurter

Bockwurst

Frikadellen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apart from meat you can also buy sweets, chocolate and biscuits from Germany. Also Sauerkraut, various  salads and rollmops.Not to forget marzipan and all other lovely Christmas sweets.

Aldi is another German shop. It also has a variety of German foods but tends to sell more English items than LIDL.

Most larger supermarkets sell some of the sweets and biscuits and, if you’re lucky, also Quark (look next to the soft cheeses or cottage cheeses).

Most also sell Pumpernickel and rye bread, although it’s not quite the same as the rye bread you can buy in Germany. Apfelstrudel can be found in larger supermarkets or Iceland.

If you have a Polish shop nearby, check it out, too. Although you won’t find any German writing on their products, you can get some of the packet mixes you may have seen in Germany. I found a Polish shop today (Of course I had to do some research and do some German shopping in the last few days – great fun ;-)) and bought Knorr Fix Gulasch, some packets of Knorr salad dressing bags, red cabbage with apple and rye bread.

Knorr Fix Gulasch, left packet bought in Germany, right one in Polish shop in England

Salad dressing mix, left from Germany, right from Polish shop

 

So, most of those German food items are available in supermarkets, hopefully somewhere near you.  If you live in London, you could also go to the German Deli  (they also deliver) or visit the German baker  (there may be more German bakers in London or in England).

Going back to the original post , I was able to find almost all those food  items. I couldn’t find any Kohlrabi, but it is available in fruit & veg shops when in season, and you can always grow it yourself, as you can buy the seed packets are everywhere , where you can get seed packets.

I only had a problem with one item – Schnaps! For that you’ll have to go to Germany, but what a lovely excuse …..

Have I missed anything? Do you know of any shops where you can get typical German food? Is there any German food you REALLY like but can’t get outside Germany?

 

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32 Responses to Where can I buy German food in England?

  1. Thanks so much Angelika … you’ve made me hungry again! We have both Aldi and Lidl stores in our city so I shall trot off – probably to Lidl – and get some sausages. They will be perfect for late summer barbecues (if the rain holds off, that is…)

    As for Schnaps … I worked on a project once for a company in Frankfurt. Several times I would catch the first plane out of London in the morning, get cab downtown, work all day …. but before we could leave the building the boss would bring a huge bottle of peach Schnaps into the open plan office where I was working with his staff, and pour us each out a huge belt of this stuff. It was utterly delicious … and even after just one (largish) helping, my trip back to the airport and home to London would be in a delightful peachy haze…

    So yes please, import some to UK! And thanks for this lovely post.

    Suze

    • Glad, you enjoyed the post, Suze. As for Schnaps, (peach or apple, to name some) I don’t know why you can’t get any in the UK, unless I just haven’t found the outlets yet!

      • Jutta says:

        re Rollmops : very delicious marinated hering. At LIDL! So good and so cheap, also healthy.Not smelly at all!. I am looking for MAGGI Hackbraten FIX. With any minced meat it makes wonderfully tasty Meat balls,also Gulasch ect. .I always have to have it sent from Germany = akward!Where in London can I find this?

        • Thanks for stopping by, Jutta!
          I can’t help you with the MAGGI Hackbraten, but if you can find a Polish shop you may be lucky and find Gulasch fix and possibly other packet mixes. Apart from having it shipped over from Germany, it seems to be the only option at the moment.

        • Christine Stone says:

          You can get Maggi fix’s at German Deli Online. That’s where I get my mine.

    • Karin says:

      Hi Suze, larger Tescos sell Peach Schnaps, you can sometimes also get Kirschwasser. Enjoy…

  2. Sarah Arrow says:

    We need to talk about these rollmops and have them returned to East London where they rightfully belong ;)

  3. I’m curious now—what are rollmops? To me, they sound more like a cleaning appliance than something to eat. :-)

  4. That’s brilliant, Suze, thanks!

  5. I really enjoyed the delicacies you had to purchase as part of your research

  6. justin edw says:

    Hi there, a very lovely blog post. I found another german food store in UK who deliver and have a lot of german food: yummy-market.co.uk
    I love the Ritter Sport Chocokate there. Wonderful……

  7. Phil says:

    Anybody know where I can get some Schwip Schwap?

    • Hi Phil,
      I’ve never heard of Schwip Schwap, but after some search on google, I realised I know it as Spezi. At the moment I don’t know where you can get it. Maybe, if you ask Yummy Market, they could consider offering it.
      Sorry, I can’t be of more help….

      • Phil says:

        Schönen Dank Angelika,

        I can make it myself by mixing Pepsi and Fanta but I’d like to know what the original tastes like.

        I’ll try Yummy Market.

        Phil

  8. Steven Tarbox says:

    My groceries.co.uk used to sell schip schwap iirc but don’t have it listed presently. I understand they are based in germany so maybe they could get it for you if you drop them an email. Just placed my first order with them – i have an addiction to hela cury ketchup! Larger tescos now sell bratwurst and frikadellen.

  9. Maggie Fulker says:

    http://www.thegermanbakery.co.uk/product-category/genuine-german-bread-deutsche-brot/

    http://www.germandeli.co.uk/
    Both have a variety of German products. The German Deli has stocked more on German sausages and other meats, and the German Baker has a good variety of authentic German Breads .

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  11. Emma Faulkner says:

    I think I miss fleischsalat the most, the polish deli have it occasionally but not often enough.

  12. Catherine says:

    Any Idea where I can get Hanuta? My brother lives in Germany and brings them over when he visits but sadly the supply he leaves with me doesn’t last long…..

  13. Haloge says:

    Interestingly enough neither Aldi nor Lidl sell German mustard. Finally got some, at great expense, via Amazon. Time to see more of a mustard choice in the UK. In the meantime may try out the local Polish deli, they seem to have Romanian mustard which i haven’t tried yet.

    Yes i still use English mustard and Dijon mustard. Horses for courses.

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