Thank you Aix
After a tip-off from people on a local message board, I have finally found somewhere which sells one of main things (beyond friends & family) I have missed from the UK. Real Ale.
For any non-Brits reading this who might not be aware of what ale is, it is basically a connoisseurs beer often prepared without additives and chemicals often found in lager. Ale comes in many different flavours and colours by different small to medium craft brewing companies. Much as the French love a fine wine, ale is similar in its sophisticated flavours and passionate following.
After a trip to Aix En Provence today I managed to find a small boutique selling beers from all around the world, entitled, aptly ‘Beer World’. I have now stocked up on some of the brands I liked, so I’m very happy. I’m hoping to convert French friends to the merits if ale later… Wish me luck!