Ventured down to The British Chip Shop yesterday to pick up some traditional holiday foods such as pork pies, mince tarts, christmas cake, and scones. I wanted to pick some up locally instead of venturing into NYC and someone else on this board recommended this place. While there, I decided to stay for lunch, and was I ever so glad that I did!
After enjoying a good, strong pot of tea, I ordered cottage pie (ground beef, celery, onions and carrots topped with mashed potatoes). The cottage pie was served in a nice ramekin, just the right portion size for lunch. The potatoes were fluffy, buttery and browned just right. The vegetables were fresh and on the crisper side, which is the way I like them as opposed to mush. The gravy was light and seasoned just perfectly. Nothing overpowering allowing all flavors to come through. It was served with a small mixed spring green salad, dressed lightly with oil and what tasted to be lemon.
Service was pleasant and attentive. The only "down" side was that I chose a table in front of the large sized t.v. screen which is directly in line with the door. Every time the door opened, I got blasted with cold air. Lesson learned; will choose a different table next time.
I was a little disappointed that there were only two mince tarts left, but the baker offered to make four more for me while I was there! Now that is what I call customer service!
After lunch, I ventured across the street to their shop, The English Gardner. My eyes widened as I walked into a mecca of British foods and home decorations. They were stocked floor to ceiling with traditional holiday items as well. I was like a kid in a candy shop as I made my way through the store, filling up my basket with teas, christmas cakes, rashers, ornaments, true bayberry candles and more.
I will definitely be returning to sample more authentic British fare and goods that I grew up with!
The British Chip Shop
146 Kings Highway East
856 354 0204