My family migrated to Australia back in 1949 (see my sidebar for the story). I was very young and now I feel more Australian than I do British. However, since then thousands and thousands of British people have migrated here. Many of them have settled on the Bayside (suburbs along the edge of Moreton Bay). Recently some British shops and restaurants have opened in that area. Our friends (SIL parents) Alma and Bill are also British migrants and they sometimes hanker after British products, so we took them to Birkdale on the southern side of the bay where these specialist shops have opened.We often have fish and chips with Alma and Bill at Sandgate on the northern side of the bay so for a change we tried out this place.
We had cod fish in batter and chips wrapped in paper with mushy peas, salt and vinegar (like in England). It was a very hot day but luckily there was a strong bay, breeze blowing which cooled it down to about 31 C/88F. We rated the food as good, our friends agreed it tasted just like home. However, we were not wrapped in the ambiance of the place. It was next to the car park of a shopping centre and we had a bunch of screaming kids at the next table. It certainly isn't as nice as sitting on the beach at Sandgate.
After lunch we browsed through a neighbouring shop selling everything British. It was a very colourful and interesting shop. The prices were also interesting(high).
Anyway we bought some pork pies. eccles cakes and a small plum pudding.
There was merchandise for all the main British Football Teams. This was the Arsenal display and we wanted a cap in memory of my brother, who died early this year but they didn't have one. This was the team my brother supported. (The caps in the photo are for Liverpool team.) Luckily we were full from lunch so it was easy to resist all the expensive, delicious goodies. We had a good day out yesterday.