Living Here

Your one stop resource for living in the Hampton Roads

These pages cover all the subjects we could think of about living in Hampton Roads.

If you have ideas for other content that you would like to see included or any other comments please e-mail baybrits@gmail.com.

Activities and Community Meet Ups

There are lots of things happening in the local area and here is a list of just a few of the activities which Brits have mentioned.  Please contact the person listed (details on the Britlist) to find out more about any of the activities listed below. Feel free to let us know of other groups which you …

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BFBS Television and Radio for UK Military personnel

The new BFBS Player began live trials last year and was launched at the start of 2015 to armed forces personnel, and their families, enabling them to view online content across the world. The BFBS Player brings live UK TV channels, such as BBC One, BBC Two, ITV and premium channels, plus a host of …

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BFPO

BFPO/Parcel Post  As we are a Restricted Service BFPO, we can only offer a limited service from this office.  Generally speaking,  Mail is sent and received in this office every day at around 10.30am.  There is no restriction on sending Letters and cards under 100g with the correct value Royal Mail postage stamps on them. …

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EAD Guidance

Please click on the link below for Guidance as to how to send in an application for Employment Authorisation.      First point of contact should be Bob Kennedy at the Embassy in DC.  (Email:  BDSUS-SpGp-HR-EADandPassports@mod.uk) who will be happy to help if you have any questions     EAD Guidance – revised August 2017

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Mounted Medals

Medal Mounting

  ORAMA’S NAUTICALS 4801 Shell Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455 Ph:  (757) 460 0077   Bring your own ribbon along, allowing approximately 18 inches of ribbon per medal (you can order them from Awardmedals.com) and leave the ribbon, medals and uniform in to Orama’s where they have a seamstress skilled in mounting UK medals and sewing …

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MoD Defence Discount Service

In October 2012 The MOD launched a new Defence Discount Service, as part of the Armed Forces Covenant, in recognition of service in the Armed Forces. • The Defence Discount Service is open to members of the Armed Forces community including: Serving and Reserve personnel, Armed Forces veterans, spouses/partners of Service personnel and bereaved spouses/partners. …

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SOPC

Senior Officers Partners’ Club (SOPC)   SOPC provides a valuable self-help and networking opportunity for the international spouses/partners of NATO officers, SNCOs or civilian equivalent in the Hampton Roads area, organising and hosting a wide range of social and educational events, activities and clubs while also supporting worthwhile causes and charities across the USA and …

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BayBrits Classified Ads

The place where you can buy or sell to other Brits arriving or departing the Tidewater region

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Holidays and Trip reviews

When doing a road trip it is worth stopping at the first rest area upon entering each state. They are normally called Welcome Centers . The staff are very helpful and have a wealth of knowledge regarding activities, transport, accommodation etc. available. There is also free coffee!!! eg. When we stayed at the NRB in …

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American

Gus & Georges Spaghetti & Steak House 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, at corner of Thalia & Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452   Tel 757 340 6584 Cuisine: Steak | Barbecue A great little place to eat. I’d passed by this place for years and years. I’d always thought it was a tourist trap; …

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Asian

Uptown Buffet 1050 N Military Hwy, Norfolk, VA 23502   Tel 757 893 9293 Cuisine: Buffet UpTown RULES! Does this place rule! This is probably one of, if not THE, best buffets on the East Coast! Chinese food, General Tsao chicken, coconut chicken, crab rangoon, etc. They even have some American food items!

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Shopping

One thing worth noting is that most American shops are wonderful about goods being returned, but there are many different policies, so check with each store before you purchase. Generally, you will have to show your receipt and goods must be in new, unused condition. A local Sales Tax of 5% is added at point …

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Banking

There is a wide variety of banking options in the U.S. and the services they provide are almost as varied. We cannot endorse one bank over another, these are the factors we recommend you consider when choosing a bank. Convenience. Banking institutions generally have small service centers (called branches) in multiple locations throughout the Hampton …

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Fish

Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant 1956 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454   Tel 757 428 3494 Cuisine: American | Seafood I think there are too many Captains around here! This is too expensive for a buffet. And the food wasn’t really that great! Don’t waste your money unless you actually live in the Laskin area and …

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Indian

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Postal Services

Post Offices – USPS There are many U.S. Post Offices that provide stamps and local mailing services.   Stamps can be ordered online, free of charge, as well as shipping materials and these will be delivered to your house.  Offices are typically open 8.00-5.00pm Monday-Friday, and 10.00-2.00pm on Saturday.   The  postal system is very strict as to weight …

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Driving

Driving in Hampton Roads The Hampton Roads urban area is very spread out. The nearest ‘corner shop’ may be at least a couple of miles from your home, and for a varied selection of shops, restaurants and entertainment, a 30 minute drive is not unusual. Cars are essential for everyday family life, and a minimum …

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Tex Mex

Luna Maya 2010 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517   Tel 757 622 698 Cuisine: Mexican/Bolivian | Smart casual Upscale Bolivian restaurant in Norfolk, posher than your average Mexican – prices reflect this! Very yummy and a nice environment. Service is swift – don’t expect to dawdle! Chipotle 2701 N. Mall Dr and 300 Constitution Drive …

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European

Romano’s Macaroni Grill 4574 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462   Tel 757 518 9901 Cuisine: Italian This is just another Italian chain restaurant, much like the Olive Garden, except they use macaroni noodle. My dish wasn’t really that bad! Azar’s 2000 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517   Tel 757 664 7955 Cuisine: Greek …

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Food

Butter In the United States, butter is generally sold in a one pound package, which contains four individually wrapped equal sticks. The wrapper on each stick is marked to show tablespoons, so the cook can cut the stick according to the quantity required. Butter and margarine are also sold in a variety of plastic tubs. …

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Phones

Cable TV, Satellite, Broadband and Cell phones There are many packages and deals available so read all the information carefully. Some companies will offer what initially appears to be a very attractive service, but you may find that it is only guaranteed for a limited duration or that you have to commit yourself for one …

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Pest Control

Pest control is a covered claim through HMG and you may submit pest control claims only with prior Embassy approval. However, to be able to do so you will need to: Approach the Landlord or agent to let them know of the problem and see if they willcover the cost (if they will not, keep …

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Upmarket

Terrapin 102 Holly Road, Pinewood Square, Suite 514 Virginia Beach, Virginia, VA 23451   Tel 757 321 6688  Cuisine: Fine Dining Fantastic food, modern European styles and portions using American ingredients. High end and up-market. Good for a Romantic dinner for two or special occasion but not snooty! $160- $200 dinner for two One Fish-Two …

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Form 300

<<<300 BDS – Accom Items>>> Use this form 300 to claim back accommodation items.  Complete the second page as this will auto populate page 1.  Sign and give the form to the USA Sp Gp along with receipts and authorisation letter.

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Translation/Conversions

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Other Groups or Events

See sub pages of this page for details of other Groups and/or Events:

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vac

Vacuum Service/Repair

If you encounter an issue with you vacuum, please ensure you have thoroughly cleaned the dirt out and removed any items which may be clogging it at the suction point before contacting a repair/servicing center below.  You will have to pay for the service and then claim back for the full amount using a form 300. …

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Lawnmower

Lawn mower / strimmer repair

Any issues with your lawn mower or other small engine items, please let the Tidewater team know so that they can issue you with an authorisation letter to get it repaired. You will then need to have it serviced or fixed at your convenience. You can then claim back on a form 300.  

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pools

Above ground pools

If you are thinking about installing an above ground pool at your property you MUST consult with your landlord/agent first. Having an above ground pool can affect your renters liability and if something were to happen you could be found liable. As such you would need to contact your insurance company to let them know. …

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