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Grocery delivery from the UK

Just came across this company http://www.rosspa.co.uk/ who will deliver to CH (or France) from the UK, for just 15 pounds for 25kg.

Not used them (yet) so no idea about quality or reliability, but they have a wide range of stuff available, including bacon, bangers and all sorts of other lovelies.

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I would be worried about customs charges and importing restrictions...
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Re: Grocery delivery from the UK

Sausage rolls !! Gammon steaks !! and 4 Crunchies for a £1 ....lol

Thanks for posting this , if I place an order I will post to let you know how it goes, prices are really good !
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How on earth are they going to go through customs???
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Sausage rolls !! Gammon steaks !! and 4 Crunchies for a £1 ....lol

Thanks for posting this , if I place an order I will post to let you know how it goes, prices are really good !
Let us know how it goes. Not sure how the customs bit will work though.
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How on earth are they going to go through customs???
I did wonder too. I'd get delivery to France of course, so wouldn't be an issue, but I suspect it'd be a good idea to ask about this first for Swiss deliveries.
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Re: Grocery delivery from the UK

Maybe they have no idea about restrictions? For instance every 500gr over of meat costs CHF20 in taxes! (got stung the other day). I've sent the a message explaining a few rules about importation and asking for their comment. Will pass on if and when.

For sausages of course it is 3.5kg - mind you perhaps a bit more as English sausages often contain an awful lot of stuff which is NOT meat, the cheap ones anyway I do love a good British sausage though - but it has to be top of the range Cumberland, not the stuff scraped off the floor, made into pink slime and made into sausages with a ton of saw dust or cereal.

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Just came across this company http://www.rosspa.co.uk/ who will deliver to CH (or France) from the UK, for just 15 pounds for 25kg.

Not used them (yet) so no idea about quality or reliability, but they have a wide range of stuff available, including bacon, bangers and all sorts of other lovelies.

This has been a Public Service Announcement.
It would be more economical if you go to the city just over the swiss border to buy the food and then get tax refund.

Swiss custom are quite strict.
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Maybe they have no idea about restrictions? For instance every 500gr over of meat costs CHF20 in taxes! (got stung the other day). I've sent the a message explaining a few rules about importation and asking for their comment. Will pass on if and when.
Yes, but sausages and bacon aren't fresh meat, so it's 3.5 kg.

Gamon, however, is fresh meat.

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It would be more economical if you go to the city just over the swiss border to buy the food and then get tax refund.
More economical perhaps, but mainly because you'd only be able to find a tiny proportion of the things you might want to buy.
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Re: Grocery delivery from the UK

Things do change over the years- including your own taste and better knowledge of local products and how to cook them. When I first lived in the UK, in 1970 - the availability of foreign products, apart from the odd Polish delicatessen or Indian corner shop was zilch. Well there was the Swiss Centre in Leicester Square and a butchers in a small street behind Tottenham Court Road- but prices were wayyyyy beyond my very poor pocket. I used to yearn to Swiss sausages, cheese, wild mushrooms like Bolets and morels- but with the years it waned.

Now back in Switzerland after a life-time in the UK, it is the other way round. We do bring stuff back if we drive to the UK, where we still have a daughter and grand-children, lots of family and friends, and a flat- and we do ask friends coming over to bring a few things when they visit. But honestly, absence makes the heart go fonder and all that - and now we just love going back and having a good curry, a Sunday roast in a good pub, and the things we miss- it is a real treat. We get it out of our system then return and are quite happy without until we go back again. We are lucky the UK is so close - just jump in the car, the train or a EasySqueazy cheapo. If we had scones and clotted cream every day, it wouldn't be such a fabulous treat when we go to our favourite cafés in Rutland or DEvon.
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Things do change over the years- including your own taste and better knowledge of local products and how to cook them. When I first lived in the UK, in 1970 - the availability of foreign products, apart from the odd Polish delicatessen or Indian corner shop was zilch. Well there was the Swiss Centre in Leicester Square and a butchers in a small street behind Tottenham Court Road- but prices were wayyyyy beyond my very poor pocket. I used to yearn to Swiss sausages, cheese, wild mushrooms like Bolets and morels- but with the years it waned.
You are absolutely right Odile, but it does only wane .. never completely extinguishes!

I am not getting back to the UK very often at the moment (last weekend was first visit in about 15 months) and what a pleasure to come home with a weird and wonderful selection of ridiculous (mostly childhood) favourites including canned salmon (to do my Grannie's potted salmon recipe ..) hoola hoops, oatabix, bacon and clotted cream. Ace - I will save the website and consider an order (but to be safe .. delivered to France) in time for Christmas
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Re: Grocery delivery from the UK

Agreed- but one of the reasons those treats are sooo special and delicious is because they are not so readily available - so taste even better!
BTW proper Gruyère cream is almost as good and thick as clotted cream.
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BTW proper Gruyère cream is almost as good and thick as clotted cream.
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Sadly they don't seem to have clotted cream. But I'll look out for the Gruyere stuff. Is it normally available in supermarkets?
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Not all - just ask. Creme double de Gruyère- doppel Greyerzer Rahm.
We usually get ours from the Cremerie (cream/cheese shop).
Or go to visit Gruyères once- it is such a quite place. As it has such a high fat content, it freezes really well. The Gruyères speciality is big fat meringues with raspberries and Gruyère cream - almost as a 'cream' tea (scones, raspberry jam and clotted cream, from Devon/Cornwall, for the non Brits here- hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm).
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Re: Grocery delivery from the UK

one could aways get it delivered to Mandy Kliens address in Konstanz but by the time you have paid the delivery and handling fee its probably not much saving
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Re: Grocery delivery from the UK

After reading this placed an order last Wednesday. Within an hour I was notified of out of stocks and offered either a refund or replacement. I picked my delivery date of today and it arrived an hour ago. I didn't order any chilled stuff so cannot comment on that but pleased to say my crisp cupboard is full! Really impressed with the service and the prices.
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After reading this placed an order last Wednesday. Within an hour I was notified of out of stocks and offered either a refund or replacement. I picked my delivery date of today and it arrived an hour ago. I didn't order any chilled stuff so cannot comment on that but pleased to say my crisp cupboard is full! Really impressed with the service and the prices.
Excellent. Do you know how it got through Customs?
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After reading this placed an order last Wednesday. Within an hour I was notified of out of stocks and offered either a refund or replacement. I picked my delivery date of today and it arrived an hour ago. I didn't order any chilled stuff so cannot comment on that but pleased to say my crisp cupboard is full! Really impressed with the service and the prices.
Thanks excellent news, just out of interest what was the value of your order and did it have a customs declaration on the box.
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It came via DHL and there was just a copy of the order stuck on the outside of the box. The value including postage was £65 (wished it had been higher but had reached my 25 kg limit!) Would really be interested to see how chilled stuff arrives, maybe I will give that a go next time as I can see I will be ordering regularly from these guys!
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