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Irn Bru, Scotland's other national drink! - The Great British Shop

Irn Bru, Scotland's other national drink!

Irn Bru is a popular carbonated soft drink that is made and sold in Scotland. It is known for its bright orange colour and unique flavour, which is a combination of fruit and spices.

Irn Bru was first produced in 1901 by A.G. Barr, a Scottish beverage company based in Glasgow. The company had originally made and sold a variety of mineral waters and other soft drinks, but Irn Bru quickly became its most popular product.

Irn Bru became known for its distinctive flavour and bright orange colour, which was achieved by adding small amounts of iron to the drink. This gave it its unusual colour and also contributed to its reputation as a "hangover cure," as the iron was believed to have restorative properties.

In the decades that followed, Irn Bru became a beloved and iconic part of Scottish culture, and it remains a popular drink to this day. It is often referred to as "Scotland's other national drink," after Scotch whisky. Despite its popularity, Irn Bru has faced some controversy in recent years due to its high sugar content, and the company has introduced several lower-sugar alternatives in response.

You can find Irn Bru at The Great British Shop!


You can order directly from our online shop, or come to our physical British store in Halifax, Nova Scotia located at 201 Chain Lake Drive!


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We are home to the largest and most authentic range of British baked goods this side of the Atlantic! We are committed to using fresh, locally sourced ingredients where possible and pride ourselves in the quality we provide, both in product and service. Our imported grocery is one of the largest in Canada, from your favourite British chocolate, crisps, Marks and Spencer and Battenberg cake to imported frozen goods including Warburtons bread, crumpets, Quorn, Linda McCartney and so much more. We carry a wide range of British style meats, including black pudding, British bangers, British bacon, Haggis and, Chipolatas and square sausage!


Established in 2019.

Our Halifax location is our first in Atlantic Canada, our family business stems from our chain of British Pride Bakery locations in Ontario. We opted to continue our growth in the Maritimes under the name in which our online shop operates to enhance our reputation online as well as add our own mark on the brick & mortar stage. We are Canada's largest chain of family owned British specialty stores and we've built our reputation on quality, service and authenticity.


Being an expat in Canada, I understand the need for British foods for fellow expats, generational Brits and British enthusiasts. The nostalgia and emotion tied to British products can all but eliminate homesickness, a simple sausage roll for lunch can hit the spot like nothing else and comfort foods people grew up with or come to love through parents, grandparents or trips to the UK are brilliant to have so easily accessible locally or delivered to your doorstep anywhere in Canada. Being able to bring authentic British style baked goods to the market is a great feeling and it's fantastic having the entire shop at my disposal when any homesickness might sneak up on me! Nothing a Cornish pasty and a shandy won't fix!

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