Millions of Brits replicate their favourite foreign meals – while on staycation

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Millions of Brits replicate their favourite foreign meals – while on staycation.

A survey of 2,000 adults found more than two fifths who holidayed in the UK have tried to produce French cheese boards and Mediterranean feasts with family and friends.

Nearly one in five (18 per cent) have tried to recreate an authentic Greek salad while holidaying on home soil and a third attempted the same with pasta.

When travelling within the UK, almost a quarter (23 per cent) admit they'll splash the cash on elaborate meals to make them more exciting.

And over six in 10 use their staycation as an excuse to take a break from their healthy diets and let go.

Celina Leroyer, senior brand manager at Boursin, which commissioned the research to launch their Bed & Boursin ultimate gourmet getaway experience, said: "Food is central to many people's holidays, as it is a time to come together and bond over the day’s activities, while also indulging the senses.

“With travelling abroad still off the menu for many people, they’re looking to upgrade their taste experience while on staycation and travel through their tastebuds.

"As the research shows, cheese is absolutely central to this and that’s why we’ve launched the Bed & Boursin experience to bring a taste of continental conviviality to the UK with the ultimate 'fromage and friends' experience.”

Those who enjoy foreign food on holiday in the UK do so to pretend they are in another country (19 per cent). It also puts them in the 'foreign' holiday mood (29 per cent) and provides a break from traditional British food (42 per cent).

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As many as 31 per cent find foreign foods more varied, while a quarter enjoy its indulgent nature.

Just under half (45 per cent) will get creative with their food on holiday, while 76 per cent like to indulge themselves and break from the normal routine.

Research, conducted via OnePoll, found Brits are likely to eat more than normal because they are more active on holiday (38 per cent) with 39 per cent enjoy discovering new foods.

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Of the one quarter (23 per cent), who are likely to spend more money on food and drink in the UK, two fifths said it’s due to saving money by not going overseas.

Cheesy dishes, especially toasties, cheese boards, wine and cheese and grazing platters, are very popular on a trip, with three in 10 trying a new variety while on holiday.

Two fifths have hired a private chef to prepare delicious dishes, as they were saving money and felt like staying in their accommodation for the evening – or simply because they fancied a special treat.

While just over one in 10, who had not hired a chef before, would consider it on future holidays, as 70 per cent admit they enjoy not having to worry about cooking while away.

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Celina Leroyer added: “Not having to worry about food preparation is important to many trips because it is a time for rest and relaxation.

“So bringing someone in to cook for you takes the pressure off and enables the holiday to be as perfect as possible.”

To win a two-night stay for you and seven guests, as well as a culinary masterclass and tasting menu hosted by chef Vernon Blackmore, share a creative dish with a Boursin twist to your Instagram, tagging @Boursin UK and using the hashtag #BedandBoursin by 17th September.


  1. Pizzas

  2. Burgers

  3. Pasta dishes (lasagne/spaghetti/risotto etc)

  4. Baguettes

  5. Stir Fry

  6. Cheese boards

  7. Quiche

  8. Fajitas

  9. Fresh fish dishes

  10. Chili

  11. Greek Salad

  12. Tapas

  13. Paella

  14. Burritos

  15. Grazing board/mezze platter

  16. Other noodle dishes (not including ramen and pho)

  17. Moussaka

  18. Canapes

  19. Ramen

  20. Niçoise Salad

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