Where can I buy French food in the UK? The best supermarkets, delis and more for that French fix
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Craving some proper French bread, some flavoursome saucisson or a mouth-watering piece of cheese? These UK-based French shops have got your back
When your normal supermarket’s international aisle just doesn’t cut it for French products, head to one of the UK’s online French supermarkets for an appetite-whetting selection of goodies. London-based French Click has an enormous range of food to satisfy every craving, as well as a choice of household and beauty products. With UK-wide delivery from December, you don’t have to live in the capital to order. If you do live in London, another French shop to take advantage of is Chanteroy, who deliver free to addresses in the city.
There are delightful French delicatessens across the UK, many of which are set up by expats so you can be sure of an authentic taste of France. For a taste of Provence at home, look no further than Tariette, run by a friendly family of expats from Haute-Provence. They source a range of artisan goods from hand-picked producers across the south of France. For a special treat, don’t miss their range of lovingly curated hampers.
On the subject of hampers, another expat-run business offering a fab selection of hampers is the aptly named Le Hamper, set up by Juliette Bordais. The idea for the company came as Juliette struggled to find her favourite French treats in British delicatessens, so created her own shop dedicated to fine French produce.
Based at their Borough Market stall, The French Comté has been sharing the pleasures of French cheese with Londoners since 2011. They do nationwide delivery and since they have UK exclusivity with a lot of their suppliers, you won’t find their stock anywhere else! Of course, their speciality is that lovely mountain cheese, but they also sell delicious charcuterie, drinks and other deli products.
Up in Manchester, Épicerie LUDO treats the Chorlton neighbourhood to a range of tasty French products and offers local home deliveries.
If you’re a creative cook who struggles to find ingredients to concoct your favourite French dishes, try a specialist international food website such as Edélices, Fine Food Specialist or Sous Chef, who pride themselves on sourcing the best foods from France and beyond.
BAKES AND CAKES
If you’re missing that taste of proper French bread or can’t do without your favourite cake, there are lots of UK-based French bakeries and pâtisseries to fill that void.
Think of macarons, and the first name that comes to mind will surely be France’s most iconic pâtisserie, Ladurée, its pastel-coloured facades a Paris mainstay. This year, they’ve launched their first vegan macarons! They have shops in London and Manchester, plus you can order for UK-wide delivery.
Since the opening of its first bakery in 1889 in Lille, PAUL has become a French classic, known for its beautiful gâteaux and viennoiserie. With outlets in London and Oxford, it’s a great place for a coffee and cake to get your French fix without crossing the Channel! It also offers nationwide delivery for some products, including its home bread making kits and signature hot chocolate.
Whether it’s a special occasion or you fancy a weekend treat, British restaurant chain Côte Brasserie are bringing their delicious meals to your doorstep as part of their Côte at Home initiative. From cassoulet to lobster frites, crêpes to French toast, these mouth-watering dishes simply need to be heated at home for the true restaurant experience.
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