Can’t make it to England for spring break?
If you’re in north Texas, do the next best thing: pay a visit to The British Emporium in Grapevine.
It’s owned by 2 English ladies,Sheela Kadam and Alexandra Evans.
This is Sheela and her son.
There are lots of British products, so it’s easy to miss something; if you don’t find what you’re looking for – just ask – they’re always friendly and helpful.
There’s quite a variety of U.K. foods, including frozen items.
Almost 20 years ago when I helped plan a cream tea for the ladies at our church, I bought clotted cream there. I don’t think I’ve ever even seen it on the shelf of any other grocery store on this side of the pond.
This is a fun place and a unique one. The other British shops I’ve seen weren’t nearly so nice or as comprehensive in their stock.
Loads and loads of gift items: everything from china tea pots, cups and saucers to English newspapers, British comedies on DVD, music CDs, greeting cards, playing cards (perhaps 15 different kinds), electric kettles and books.
As you can see it’s not a huge selection, but that’s okay because it’s a good one. And it’s not static. There are different ones each time I visit and sometimes it’s really difficult to choose just one. Or two.
At Christmas you might find unique board games, such as Beatles Monopoly.
Last year I took some nice photographs before Easter but lost them when our hard drive crashed, but I think they’ll be decorating again for it soon.
During the various English celebrations (such as the royal wedding) the shop invites patrons to join them for planned events.
And that shelf above Sheela’s head? Containers of loose tea and hard candy. If you prefer something more personal than pre-packaged tea or candy, you can do it the old-fashioned way and have your selection weighed out and bagged for you.
Not going to be in the area? Then you can shop from their online store, here.
Some of my photos are a bit blurry, but you can go here for their tour of the store.
Then for a relaxing lunch after shopping, I recommend that you go 1 block south, then 1 block west to Beatitudes Tea Room.