British family who moved to Australia create cardboard Greggs store

After relocating from Croydon to Sydney, Australia, the Brindle family were enjoying the sunshine and their new start, but they missed one thing – Greggs.

Parents Michell and Ed realised Parker, eight, and Doug, six, were homesick for the bakery chain.

So they created their own version of the store in their living room.

The creative primary school pupils decided to bake their own sausage rolls – and even made a cardboard Greggs store to eat them in.

Made entirely out of cardboard, the hilarious pop up bakery served coffee, Cornish pasties, steak bakes, chicken pies, sausage rolls and sausage and cheese melts.

Michelle, 32, a banker, said: ‘Missing family is one thing, but missing chicken tikka bakes is a whole new level.

‘Our whole family loves Greggs, and we noticed when arriving here in Sydney, as beautiful as it is, they were missing some absolute gems that we had in the UK.

‘There is no Weatherspoon’s, Pret, Toby Carvery or Greggs here and we needed one of them back before we started to go a bit crazy.

‘I think Greggs is just one of those staples on the high street of good old British food that is easy, cheap and no fuss.

‘We had a Greggs on our local high street in Croydon which was frequented very often. The boys were suckers for their various glazed donuts, whereas for us it all about the steak bake.’

After moving, they had lots of leftover cardboard that their new furniture came in and the boys put it to use.

Michelle said: ‘I utilised having my husband Ed home and it kept the family busy whilst I baked.

‘It was actually really quick to finish, and we were ready to open for lunch time once all the goodies were baked.

‘It sounds silly but it genuinely felt like I was popping into my local Greggs before work early in the morning.

‘I really missed the bacon butty with a coffee for a couple of pounds – something you just can’t get over here.

‘It was also just a lot of fun, it helped with being homesick and with the kids being at home more it gave us all a fun activity to together.

‘We’re currently working on a pop-up Weatherspoon’s, and luckily we won’t have to close at 10pm over here in Australia..’

Michelle posted the pictures online and other people loved the idea – but she says that the main thing was that the family got to spend time together.

Michelle said: ‘One of the benefits of the pandemic is being able to spend more time as a family and being creative and just having a bit of fun with the kids.

‘I think in times like these it made the home sickness much worse, but what better than to make your favourite food from home and have fun in the process.’

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