Christmas Is Coming!

The holiday season’s nearly upon us, and we’ve got loads of festive treats for our wonderful customers to do Christmas the British way – crackers, advent calenders, christmas pudding and delicious British chocs for use as stocking stuffers. Take a peek!

Christmas Gifts At Tea & Sympathy

Christmas crackers are an integral part of Christmas dinner in Britain. Pull each side for a loud bang, and to find a joke, a toy and a paper crown inside the cracker!

An Advent Calendar filled with delicious Cadbury Chocolate.

Don’t tap it, whack it! Terry’s Chocolate Orange is an essential Christmas stocking stuffer.

Everything here and more is available in our store – Carry On Tea Sympathy. We deliver locally and can also ship orders to the US and Canada.

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Poppy Delevingne Checks Out Tea & Sympathy

British model, It Girl, and close friend of the royal family Poppy Delevingne has been in and around New York City for a while now. But she’ll always love a little slice of home life! She visited Tea & Sympathy for a photo shoot with stylish shopping website Lifestyle Mirror – and ended up dancing in the street with Sean.

Poppy Delevingne: Model Behavior

Few things make a New Yorker stop on the street. But on a brisk fall day in Greenwich Village, British model and actress Poppy Delevingne has the power to stop traffic.

Tall, fine-featured and with expertly mussed blonde hair, she’s all business during a photo shoot. She leans against a vintage London-style taxi in front of Anglophile tearoom and general store Tea and Sympathy. As music plays and trucks speed by, she dances in the street with a dapper gentleman as the camera clicks furiously. Deliverymen on bikes pause to gawk. A troupe of school children linger, pointing and clapping. Drivers honk.

“How painfully trendy of you!” her dance partner says teasingly as she takes a spin. Her face bursts into a laugh.

All the details on the shoot and the full interview can be found here.

Some NY Sandy Images

Sean went for a walk around town with his camera yesterday. Crazy, eery, and yet still almost moving – we never thought we’d see New York City like this.

14th St & 8th Ave. Like a dolls house or something from a silent movie.

These striking images were captured looking up 7th Avenue. The light you can see in the distance is Times Square.

Come On Dover! Move Yer Bloomin’ …

Here is Audrey – Nicky and Sean’s daughter – bringing a little grace, eloquence and charm to Halloween with her portrayal of her namesake Audrey Hepburn in the movie My Fair Lady.

She makes an adorable little Eliza Doolittle – until she opens her mouth that is!

Here’s the horse race scene from the 1964 film, with Ms Hepburn uttering the immortal line in the iconic dress:

And lastly, given recent weather events it might be worth a quick reminder of just where exactly the rain in Spain might happen to stay:

Such a lovely movie!!!

British food takes Manhattan

We’re part of a movement here at Tea & Sympathy. Food and lifestyle journalist Katy Salter interviewed Nicky as an expat bringing the best of British food to Manhattan.

From lovefood.com

With Sean’s black cab sitting outside, and the interiors covered in nostalgic memorabilia, from regal teapots to signed photos of the EastEnders cast, this small block is New York’s own little Britain. ‘I don’t miss much about the UK,’ says Nicky ‘but I do miss M&S food. It’s the first place I go when I land at the airport – I love the lemon curd yoghurt and ham and mustard sandwiches.’ But neither can hold a candle to Nicky’s famous fluffy scones, served with proper clotted cream and jam. Her cream teas and other classic British dishes have won Tea and Sympathy legions of loyal regulars and celeb fans like Jake Gyllenhaal and Mila Kunis.

‘Americans think British food is mush and overcooked meat, and that just isn’t true’ says Nicky, who grew up in London and moved to New York in the early 80s. Rave reviews for Tea and Sympathy and Assault and Battery have helped changed those perceptions, as have the 1000s of cuppas poured by Tea and Sympathy’s British waitresses over the years. ‘I’ve single-handedly turned New Yorkers on to good tea,’ says Nicky, who hopes her new range of Tea and Sympathy teas will encourage even more Americans to enjoy the pleasures of a proper brew.

You can read the full piece here.

The Restaurant Remains Closed

Ladies & Gents… The restaurant is still closed. We had to shut for essential work on the ceiling but we should be back in action next week. In the meantime, the store remains open so you can keep your British store cupboard well stocked – and we’re still delivering. Give us a call on 212-989-9735, or find us on Seamless. We want everyone to rest assured we are not gone for good. Look forward to seeing you when the doors reopen for a nice strong cuppa and a catch up!

Good eats: Tea & Sympathy

We always love to hear about your dining experiences at Tea & Sympathy. We found this account over at travelling website HT Blogger, and thought we’d share a few of their words and photos with you. Thanks guys!

For more than 20 years, owners Nicky Perry and Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett have provided New Yorkers and out-of-towners with the opportunity to enjoy a “proper cuppa” and traditional English fare. Once you set foot in this charming, authentic British café, you will be swiftly and happily transported to Dear Old Blighty. The atmosphere is intimate and cozy, the service impeccable, and all of the staff hail from the United Kingdom.

My recommendations? A proper bacon butty with HP brown sauce and of course, Tea & Sympathy’s famous scones with raspberry jam and clotted cream. As you may expect, there are a plethora of options for tea lovers, from black currant, to Chai, to my pick, Typhoo.

Tea & Sympathy also serves spot on bangers and mash, and the best treacle pudding this side of Tooting Broadway.

Guess we’d better add ‘treacle pudding from Tooting Broadway’ to our bucket list! You can read the full review here.

Stuff I Ate: Sticky Toffee Pudding

With longer, colder nights on the horizon, thoughts turn to steaming hot pots of tea – and dessert! One of our all-time classics is sticky toffee pudding. We’ll share the recipe tomorrow, but for now, some fab photos and very kind words from a lovely blog called Stuff I Ate.

“Tea & Sympathy always has great, friendly service, and I’ve yet to try a custard that tops theirs. I mean not in London proper, not in my kitchen, nowhere! Blast!”

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Read the rest here.