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About

Owner Andy Bradshaw was born in Fulham, London, England and emigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1979 while working as a mechanical engineer. Andy retired from engineering in 2006 to focus on his increasingly successfully business ventures and focus on his passion – supplying all things British to his local community. With the rapid growth of e-commerce, Andy evolved his business into the online marketplace but always kept his local roots.

In 1997, Andy opened the Collectors Choice Antique Mall in New Westminster, British Columbia and used his extensive knowledge and experience importing antiques and collectibles from the UK and Europe to import beloved British sweets and chocolate . In 2007, Sherlock’s Café & British Sweets was born. Two years later, in March 2009, he opened Sherlock’s Café and Tea Room serving afternoon tea, soup, sandwiches and savory traditional British meat pies.

After much research and spending extensive time in England, Andy branched out and developed original recipes for Curing, blending spices for British style bacon and sausage, to be incorporated under Sherlock’s the British Store as GB Foods. Andy continues to foster relationships with traditional butchers in London and Edinburgh to ensure the most innovative product line for GB Foods.

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In the world of e-commerce, it can be hard to know who you are buying from. We are real people with almost two decades of import experience and have the upmost passion for all things British. Your satisfaction is of paramount importance to us and the proof is in our product quality and selection.

With two retail locations in Surrey and Maple Ridge, British Columbia and an extensive online store providing British groceries, sweets, football merchandise and UK giftware, we’ve got you covered whether you pop in for a chat at our easy-to- find locations or we ship right to your doorstep. It’s the closet thing to a British supermarket, no matter where you live.

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  • What our customers are Saying
    Great store, Pies and staff especially Jen.
    -Carol, Burnaby
  • What our customers are Saying
    Absolutely brilliant shop I had thoughts of when I lived in Paddington, London come rushing back. Spent too much but well worth it. Sausages are to die for and they are made in house.
    -Fatima, North Vancouver
  • What our customers are Saying
    Football merchandise heaven I couldn’t believe they had my team Watford
    -Dave, Maple Ridge
  • What our customers are Saying
    Scottish lady was so helpful and my wife and I really enjoyed the chat, best of all she makes the best Scotch eggs.
    -Tim, Bellingham
  • What our customers are Saying
    This has to be the best British store anywhere so many sweets and chocolate they even had Floral Gums amazing!
    -Geeta, Surrey

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