When the nice folk from fashion site Lifestyle Mirror popped in for a photo shoot with Brit model and actress Poppy Delevingne, they felt like a mid-morning snack. We handed round some NICE biscuits, and they instagram’d this wonderful photo.

The delicious coconot-flavor cookies are widely eaten in Britain, but originate from the French town of… you guessed it. You can find these and other British Pantry items in our lovely grocery store, Carry On Tea & Sympathy.

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Our Best Christmas Mugs!

New in at Carry On Tea & Sympathy – and just in time for Xmas – are a new range of fabulous British mugs and teapots. Adorned with a cool variety of Union Jack designs, these are just some of the crockery items available from our grocery store.  Come down and find the perfect gift for the tea lover in your life this Christmas!

All-New British Mugs And Teapots


Want hot drinks on the move? Our carry mug is for you, and we even sell our own brand of Rosie Lee – tea!

Much Ado About Stuffing!

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Nicky – ever generous and kind – thought she’d share her famous stuffing recipe with all you lovely people. This recipe is perfect for turkey and you’ll hopefully have most of the ingredients lying around your kitchen already. So try it out this Thursday for a fabulous Thanksgiving feast!

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe by Tea & Sympathy

1 large onion chopped
2 sticks celery chopped
2 red apples chopped
6 rashers bacon chopped
3 sausages out of skin
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup fresh chopped sage leaves
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
salt & pepper
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
1 or 2 eggs

Fry the onions until soft then add the bacon. Cook for a few minutes then add celery, apples, nuts, sausage meat, sage, herbs, salt and pepper. Fry until it is mostly cooked. take off the heat and add the bread crumbs and beaten egg or eggs. Put into a baking dish and bake for approx 45 minutes in a 375 degree oven.


For the truly lazy we also stock Paxo at our Carry On Tea & Sympathy grocery store. This is a stuffing mixture you can add water to then bake in the oven. So whatever your time constraints this Thanksgiving – Tea & Sympathy has got you covered!

amNY –

Seeking British NYC? Keep calm and read on

By Marjorie Cohen

Photo credit: Caleb Ferguson/Carry On Tea and Sympathy, a traditional British grocery in the West Village


If all this talk about the royal wedding has awakened the Anglophile in you, then this article is for you.

Even though New York has no British “neighborhood” — no surprise given that our urban forebears kicked the Brits out 228 years ago — there are plenty of places to visit in the city to satisfy that craving for things British.

You can start by meeting a Brit: When Louise Gale arrived in New York from Surrey in 2004, she wanted to find other Brits. What began as a gathering of 10 expats is now Big Apple Brits, a group with regular meet-ups, including a full-on BritFest in June. Brits and non-Brits can learn more at

But you don’t need to join to enjoy amNY’s bloody good tour of British NYC.

Eating British: Old favorites

Nicky Perry, 51, is the force of nature who reigns over “the unofficial British consulate” in New York — a triumvirate of shops at Nos. 108, 110 and 112 Greenwich Ave.

Perry’s Tea and Sympathy English Restaurant (212-989-9735) offers an English tea for two – sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and jam — or favorites like bangers and mash or shepherd’s pie in a setting cozy enough to please the most demanding English auntie.

Carry On Tea and Sympathy (212-989-9735) has all the ingredients for a do-it-yourself English meal — cans of mushy peas, Heinz beans and an assortment of teas and digestive biscuits. (That’s Perry’s portrait hanging on the wall to the right of the entrance.)

Myers of Keswick at 634 Hudson St. (212-691-4194) is another huge expat favorite. Stock up on what Peter Myers, the founder, calls “porcine perfection,” his shop’s made-fresh-every-day bangers, sausage rolls, chipolata and Scotch eggs.

Shopping British

Working Class Emporium, a quirky shop at 168 Duane St. (212-941-1199), is owned by Yorkshire-born David Metcalf, a self-described  “purveyor of perfumes, clothing, provisions, haberdashery and antiques.” Browsing is encouraged, so take a look at the antique tea sets, candelabra and silver serving pieces; the brightly striped Paul Smith towels and hats; and the mouse pad imported from a London bookstore urging you, of course, to “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

If you like the Paul Smith items at the Emporium and want more, check out the two Paul Smith shops in Manhattan at 142 Greene St. and 108 Fifth Ave. (paulsmith, which carry the well-known designer’s men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and children’s clothing.  For a discount on some of Sir Paul’s designs, check out his Sale Shop in Williamsburg  at 280 Grand St.

British Art
The Frick Collection, 1  East 70th St., has more 18th-century portraits by British artists than any other New York City museum. Hogarth and Gainsborough are well represented, and you can see a portrait of Lady Hamilton as Nature by George Romney that was once on the mantelpiece in Frick’s bedroom — apparently the first woman Henry Frick saw when he woke up every morning was a Brit.

A British garden
All the way downtown, not far from the World Trade Center site, is the British Garden at Hanover Square (www.british, which was opened officially by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on her visit to New York last year. Planted with shrubs and perennials that are reminiscent of an English garden, this quiet spot honors the memory of the 67 British citizens who died on 9/11.


Once upon a time in Little Britain…

Does this sign look familiar, yet somewhat inaccurate? While the seasoned West Villagers of you may be able to place Patchin Place and Minetta Lane, where exactly is Little Britain Boulevard? Well for the time being, this sign takes pride of place in the window of Carry on Tea & Sympathy, our neighbouring produce store.

Have we ever told you the story of Little Britain? No? Well, if you’re sitting comfortably, let us begin… It all began a long time ago (1989, to be precise). Back then Greenwich Village was something of a wilderness, packed with the interesting characters and vibrancy that we’ve grown to love but lacking in a certain something. That something was a bit of sanctuary; a bit of – dare we say it – English refinement. Armed with nothing but a teapot and a vision, Nicky Perry worked tirelessly to bring her tea-making skills from the floor of the London Stock Exchange to the Village.

Very soon, with the help of other Brit and Irish establishments, such as Meyers of Keswick over on Hudson Street, and Fiddlesticks down the way, and numerous expats, the area begun to gain a distinctive British character.

Unrelenting in her quest to carve a piece of home in the West Village, Nicky and her husband Sean, launched a campaign to rename the area ‘Little Britain’. Very soon, the cream of Blighty’s crop was on board, and none other than Richard Branson very kindly endorsed the effort. With his backing, and that of many other supporters, the campaign was able to produce this shiny video:

Although ultimately unsuccessful, city Commissioner Brian Andersson was very kind to gift us this mocked-up street sign to commemorate the campaign.

Modelled by the lovely John Herring

While for the time being the sign remains in our window and the maps don’t yet read ‘Little Britain’, we feel it represents the contribution of the British community in making this a truly special corner of NYC.

God Save the Queen!