Elizabeth’s is inside a cute historic building and right next door to The London Market which I’ll talk about later. There is a driveway in between the two buildings with some parking in the back and the buildings both have entrances from the parking lot and in the front on the street. We parked in the back and went into Elizabeth’s Bakery. There is a large menu on the wall with the savory choices like soup of the day, salad, quiche (large slices), crumpets ($3.50/2), pies/pastries like Curried Vegetable Pasty ($5.85) or Kate & Sydney Pie (Steak & Kidney $6.50), or sarnies also known as sandwiches (cucumber ($3.75) or ham or English Bangers in a sandwich ($4.95)to name a few) to name a few choices. Then they had 2 glass cases with some of the savory pastries and all of the desserts: Tarts, Lamingtons (which I’ve always wanted to try), English scones ($2.25), éclairs, trifles, tea cakes… And you can choose a tea (of course!), or a British soda or other British drink in their refrigerated case, but I opted for water.
Sheri and I actually decided to have the same thing (pretty rare indeed!)—a Cornish pasty ($6.25). Of course, I couldn’t leave without taking a dessert too, so I bought a small lemon tart ($1.95). (I shared it with my children when I got home and my little piece was sooo good—pulp in the lemon curd!) You order at the counter and then take a seat at one of the tables in their not large, but not too small dining room. They send you to your seat to wait for your food to be delivered to you. Instead of handing you a number to stick on your table, they give you a photo of something British. I didn’t see any of the other ones, but we had the Beatles.
The interior is cute with shelves of assorted tea pots (and a few pictures of the queen) on the brick walls. For some reason, this bell boy teapot was my favorite.
We didn’t wait very long for our food to come. Those Cornish pasties were sure big. You could get a side like baked beans or a salad, but I wouldn't have had room for it. It reminded me of an empanada with thicker crust. It had beef sausage, swede (which I later found out was turnips, first time I tried them), onion and carrots. It was pretty good. It was sprinkled with a heavy amount of pepper. I like pepper but it was more than I would normally use and Sheri never eats pepper so it was way too much for her. I know she didn’t like it much, but she never let on just how much she disliked it. I’m honestly not sure I’ve seen her eat something she didn’t like in a very long time. I felt bad since it was supposed to be her birthday celebration. And she didn’t like any of the dessert choices. Some celebration with no dessert!
But after we were done there, we had just a few minutes to check out London Market next door. They have different boxed or canned foods, along with a large assortment of candies and biscuits (cookies). Of course, since they are imported, they aren’t cheap. They aren’t all British. They also have products from Australia, and different parts of Europe, and I assume they are popular in England. They also have British souvenirs and photos and different gifts.
Can you tell this photo below is the candy wall? And they had more than just that wall of candy.
These potato chip bags look like Lay's, but my grocery store doesn't have "Prawn Cocktail" flavor.
Sheri just got a small bag and I spotted a Violet Crumble that I have been wanting for quite a while. It’s a candy bar with a crispy “honeycomb” center that I can’t seem to find anywhere. I shared it with Alex and Elisa at home and they like it too.
I thought it was fun how they (most of the world, I assume) have “Energy” on the nutritional information measured in kJ. That takes me back to chemistry classes. And 8.6 grams of fat in a 50 gram candy bar didn’t seem too bad to me.