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. You will easily spot them thanks to distinctive packaging (visit http://rtgpkg.com/ to learn about different packaging options). If you like American sausages, you might as well look for DCW Casing options.
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.
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). Edited: Thanks to Maggie’s and Sisi’s comments below I can now add the German Bakery of Windsor, which also delivers.
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 ….. EDIT 2016 You can get some Schnaps in larger supermarkets or try Beers of Europe
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?