Have you ever been homesick for a place you’ve never lived? I have because I have been to Myers of Keswick. This is where all British ex-pats currently living in New York do their shopping, their eating, their mourning for what they miss back home. The first time I went to the shop I had not yet visited England and I was so intrigued by the products I saw there. Chicken flavored potato chips! A scotch egg!?!?! Vegemite???? Now, after spending some time in Great Britain and even more time at Myers of Keswick, I know these British delicacies should be stored in my cupboards, fridge, and freezer at all times.
What makes this place so unique is that it sells snacks, candy, grocery and drug store items, freshly baked goods, and homemade sausages all in one small, quaint shop. In one trip you can buy crisps (chips to us), toffee, gooseberry jam, baked pork pies, and fresh Cumberland sausages. Most people with a British accent leave the store with about 7 bags of goods, all the while complaining that the store is out of mushy peas.
I try to limit myself to a few pounds of their amazing cumberland and chipolata sausages, but always break down at the last minute and buy some pork and stilton pies and sausage rolls. Then, I nab a homemade scone which sits on a stand near the register (how could you resist!). I recommend eating the scone on the bench out front. Munch on some funny-flavored chips on the subway ride home. Save the rest for snacks and dinner later. I can promise you that before long you will be missing England whether you’ve been there before or not.
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