Myers of Keswick: a British grocery store in the West Village offering the “comforts of home”


NEW YORK – When Peter Myers was homesick in New York, he had an idea.

Originally from Keswick, an English town with a view of the lake and the mountains, he had moved abroad to change his pace. Although he appreciates his new environment, he misses his favorite British products.

“My dad was like, ‘Wait a minute. There must be more homesick people like me,'” his daughter Jennifer Myers-Pulidore said.

In 1985, Peter and his wife Irene opened Myers of Keswicka British grocery store in the West Village.

They filled the shelves with imports such as digestive biscuits and a mix of Yorkshire pudding. Peter relied on his training as a butcher to make homemade sausages and savory pies, while increasing the shop’s inventory to meet demand from other expats.

Almost four decades later, his daughter Jennifer runs the shop, which is still frequented by Britons looking for hard-to-find items at home.

“I always like to describe it as a little taste of England,” she said.

Its wide selection includes HP Brown Sauce, Percy Pig Gummies and Ribena Blackcurrant Concentrate.

“And of course you can’t have a UK food store without tea,” she said.

Born and raised in the United States, she is proud to honor her roots and carry on her father’s legacy.

“We’re continuing because we know there’s a niche and a need for your home comforts,” she said.

Myers of Keswick
634 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 691-4194


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