We’ve been baking biscuits since the stone age in Britain but didn’t start eating sweet biscuits until we began importing sugar by the shipload from the West Indies in Victorian times. As we adopted the tea-drinking habits of our colonial conquests in the East, tea and sweet biscuits for elenvensis and high tea became a bastion of British tradition. Shortbread, macaroons, cookies and wafers are all part of the British biscuit family. For Americans, biscuits are unsweetened bakes such as scones, rolled biscuits and drop biscuits, which are traditionally served with savoury meals.
Our updated list of the best biscuit subscription box in the UK features only traditional British (sweet) biscuits baked by independent bakers in the British Isles. We’ve got fun-shaped iced biscuits for kids, classic tea and biscuit pairing subscription boxes plus biscuit discovery boxes from around the world.
Best biscuit subscription boxes in the UK
Honeywell Biscuit Co.
Best biscuit subscription for kids
Honeywell Biscuit Co. is a top-rated subscription box supplier of biscuits, baking kits and cakes with special appeal for kids. They’ll love the Biscuit Club rolling subscription of beautifully designed biscuits created to look like friendly characters. Each month you will receive a fresh batch of biscuits in a surprise hand-finished design. The subscription boxes are posted by first class mail in sturdy, recyclable gift boxes that fit through your letterbox. Perfect for a kids tea party.
Sawley Kitchen Tea & Biscuit Club
Best traditional tea and biscuit subscription
The Tea and Biscuit Club is a match made in heaven for biscuiteers that appreciate the culinary art of high tea. Tea & Biscuit Club members receive a monthly delivery of a box packed with a seasonal selection of three shortbread finger packs and a pack from the Sawley Kitchen biscuit range along with eight individually wrapped tea bags infused with exotic wild flavours from Taylors of Harrogate. The biscuits and flavoured teas are matched according to the seasons. We enjoyed an eclectic biscuit bouquet of flowers and lemon for our Spring subscription box. We can’t wait for the Winter biscuits and teas with promises of ginger, cinnamon and cranberry. Pay £15 per month for a 3-month or 6-month membership. Sign up for 12 months at a time and your last month’s biscuit box is free.
Best unique letterbox biscuits
The authentic twice-baked English style biscuits by the Biscuiteers are a really unique bake. The traditional biscuits with a twist are fragranced with spice blends, chocolate and Madagascan vanilla. Their texture is somewhere between gingerbread and crumbly shortbread. Get a subscription for yourself or as a gift for monthly deliveries for 3, 6 or 12 months. The biscuits have a shelf life of 4 weeks; just enough to keep you going until next month’s delivery.
Dunk & Discover
Best biscuits from around the world subscription
Get educated as you eat your way through a monthly gastronomic journey to discover biscuits, cookies, wafers, shortbreads, crackers and pastries from a different country each month with a Dunk & Discover biscuit subscription. Each monthly box contains a variety of up to 8 full-sized packs of biscuits from a particular country, along with a 16-page booklet of facts and history about the biscuits from the featured country, plus puzzles and recipes. The subscription box even includes a scorecard so you can rate the biscuits with family and friends.
Bettys Biscuit Tin
Best classic biscuit box
We adore the tea time nostalgia served in an old-fashioned biscuit tin containing five biscuit varieties from Bettys Yorkshire Tea Rooms Craft Bakery, who have been baking authentic hand made biscuits in the north of England since 1919. The artwork of an Old English scene on the biscuit tin is by Yorkshire artist Emily Sutton – a charming keepsake. Inside the collectible box you’ll find delicate delights including Chocolate & Orange Biscuits, Swiss Hazelnut Biscuits and traditional Yorkshire Shortbread Biscuits. The biscuits are suitable for vegetarians too.
Best themed hand iced biscuits
These endearing hand-iced biscuits are perfect for a themed spread for a kids party or for the table on festive occasions. Each month, the biscuit bakers at Gardners Cookies create fresh batches of iced biscuits in a variety of fun shapes, designs and flavours with special festive themes for Christmas, Easter and Halloween. Subscribers’ orders are freshly baked and dispatched within a few days for a £13.95 monthly subscription (free UK postage).
Lottie Shaw’s Biscuits
Best traditional English cake and biscuits subscription
Discover traditional biscuits from the north of England such as All Butter Shortbread Biscuits, Ginger and Chocolate Biscuits and the treacle-filled Yorkshire Parkin Biscuit from Yorkshire lass Lottie Shaw, who grew up in her Great Aunt’s century-old bakery in the heart of the Yorkshire Pennines. Now operating from a modern bakery just a stone’s throw from her Great Aunt’s legacy, Lottie Shaw’s bakes and biscuits, often made with Belgian chocolate, are boxed up and delivered in hampers for subscribers all over the UK. Get a 3-month Baked Treat Box Subscription to try biscuits from a choice of five different themed boxes: Chocoholics, Baked Treat, Ginger Lovers, Stay at Home Treats and the Happy Birthday Box.
Biscuit subscription boxes: The verdict
You’ll find that biscuit subscription boxes are so much more flavourful and filling than the biscuits you’ll find on the supermarket shelves, which are full of artificial sweeteners and preservatives to make them last forever. Ironically, ships biscuits given to sailors in the 17th century to keep them from starving on long voyages were notoriously inedible. Some of them have even survived to this day after years at the bottom of the sea and are now displayed in museums.
As you can’t have biscuits without a good cup of tea to wash them down, we really like the Sawley Kitchen Tea & Biscuit Club as a pleasant way to appreciate the bastion of British tradition. Kids don’t care about the fineness of tea drinking. They just want to bite off arms, ears and legs from colourful biscuits in funny shapes. For pleasing little biscuit devourers, we recommend Honeywell Biscuit Co., which after several years of service has a high Trustpilot rating.
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