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Britain on the Bayside

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by Michelle Upton (subscribe)
I'm an author living on Brisbane's bayside. Read my five-minute short stories for FREE at www.michelleupton.com. You can also follow me at www.facebook.com/michelleuptontheauthor and www.instagram.com/michelleuptontheauthor
Published March 16th 2014
Update September 10th 2018
This venue is permanently closed

A place for British expats to take a trip down memory lane
Britain on the Bayside is located in Birkdale and sells a huge range of British groceries, confectionery, memorabilia, football goods, gifts, toys and clothing. When I walked into the shop it was like taking a trip back into my childhood. After living in Australia for the last seven years I had forgotten about the branded British goods that were part of my everyday life in England.

Britain on the Bayside
Britain on the Bayside


Britain on the Bayside
Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

The confectionary was a feast for my eyes. I remembered the Sunday afternoons as a child when my Nan used to give my brother and I thirty pence to spend at the corner shop on sweets (lollies). We had to be sure to get there before 1pm because that was when the shop closed and nowhere else was open. Britain on the Bayside has Drumsticks, Sherbet Dips, Poppets, Refreshers, Fruit pastilles, Munchies, Whispers, Revels, Double Deckers (I loved them), Polos and Fruit Polos, remember them? They even have Blackpool Rock! These are just some of the sweets you can buy.

Britain on the Bayside
Lots of Sweets to Choose From

I even got excited about the grocery section. Bisto (Aah Bisto!), Daddies Sauce, Branston Pickle and Paxo. The memories of Sunday roast dinners were making my mouth water.

Britain on the Bayside
Remember the 'Aah Bisto!' Adverts?

Britain on the Bayside also sells chilled British foods such as Red Leicester cheeses, Lincolnshire sausages, Gammon steaks, haggis, faggots in gravy, Cornish pies and black pudding. I was so happy to see Wensley's Pork Pies.

Britain on the Bayside
Get All Your Well-Loved British Treats

Now lets talk about crisps (chips). Remember Quavers, Wotsits, Monster Munch and Squares? I had to buy a bag of Skips when we visited. I used to have these every Sunday after my dad had taken my brother and I to the swimming baths. Fond memories and family traditions were coming back to me everywhere I looked. This was such an exciting shopping experience.

Britain on the Bayside
British Crisps

For the British football fans there is a whole wall of memorabilia for a variety of teams including Chelsea and Man U.

Britain on the Bayside
Football Fans Will Be Happy

There are gifts for children, like the lovable Paddington Bear, and there are plenty of souvenir items with the British flag stamped on theme.

Britain on the Bayside
Remember Paddington Bear?

The staff were really friendly and happy to help us. They knew their products well and pointed out goods that they thought we would like.

Britain on the Bayside
British Memorabilia

I left the shop with a warm glow in my heart after going on a trip down memory lane. With Jelly Tots, Fruit pastilles, Skips and liquorish rolls in my bag I was a happy customer. I may not get back to visit England as often as I'd like but its great to know that I don't have to miss out on those yummy treats from the other side of the world.

Britain on the Bayside
Lots of Gift Ideas

But Britain on the Bayside is not just for us British expats. If you have never tried British sweets (lollies), crisps (chips) or well-loved British foods, give them a try. You are in for a treat.
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Why? Get all of your favourite British food, gifts and memorabilia
When: Mon - 10.30am to 5pm, Tues/Wed - 9.30am to 5pm, Thurs/Fri - 9.30am to 7.30pm, Sat - 10am to 7.30pm, Sun - 10am to 4pm
Phone: 07 3822 8184
Where: 190 Birkdale Road, Birkdale
Cost: Depends on purchase
Your Comment
Thank you, Michelle, for this wonderful article. It brought back some lovely memories for me too. Britain on the Bayside is definitely worth a visit.
by jayne (score: 1|10) 2064 days ago
Hi a few weeks ago we went to this shop and we could not find it in that address maybe it’s closed down for good even the web page is not opening
Regards
Dennis
by denni0 (score: 0|2) 427 days ago
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