Best of British: 60 things that make Britain great

Imagine you're cut off in a far-off land. What longings would be uppermost in your mind? Here we celebrate those aspects of life that make our islands distinct and beguiling.

29. Worcestershire Sauce

Lea & Perrins

What is ham without Colman’s Mustard or roast beef without horseradish? The history of British condiments is wrapped in myth and misconception. Worcestershire Sauce reportedly came to be in the early 1800s when a former gover- nor of Bengal returned to the county brandishing a recipe for a spicy sauce, which he asked two local chemists—John Lea and Will- iam Perrins—to re-create. Marmite began by the river in Burton-on- Trent as a by-product of the brewing process.

‘Subsequently the happy thought struck someone in the business that the powder might,
in solution, make a good sauce’
(Successful Advertising, Thomas Smith, 1885)

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