With a royal wedding and new royal baby on the way, British fever is in the air. I know more people like me who have a love for all things British are wishing to get taste of Great Britain right here in New Orleans. Luckily, New Orleans is like a little Europe with our French and Spanish architectural and cultural influences, but we also have a few British touches too.
Here are my top going British in New Orleans picks:
Le Salon at Windsor Court Hotel
300 Gravier St.
Afternoon tea is an essential for experiencing a taste of Britain. Le Salon in the Windsor Court Hotel offers their guests with an elegant atmosphere fit for royalty. The salon has an intimate setting with tables and couches for a relaxed afternoon chat. And what social gathering is complete without a pianist playing in the back? The course starts with a cocktail (I chose the sparkling wine) then you're given a list of teas to choose from to enjoy with your tea sandwiches. Next, comes the scones and biscuits served with divine spreads. By then, I was stuffed and surprised when the server brought out the last course which was dessert. I'm already looking forward to going back.
Broad Street Cider & Ale
2723 S Broad Ave
Broad Street Cider and Ale was started by Jon, a Tulane Ph.D. student and Diana, his wife. Jon studied British history, and while traveling for research the couple explored international ciders. Their ciders are made locally with no artificial flavorings or added sugar. Broad Street Cider and Ale is also vegan friendly by refraining from using any animal products during the production. Broad Street Cider and Ale uses apple juice from Michigan. Their ciders are dry and not very sweet since Jon and Dianna noticed the ciders they tasted around the world are dry and unsweet as well.
5415 Magazine St
Take a step back in time and explore this uptown antique shop. British Antiques' 18th century goods are imported and include a wide range of historic beauties from large furniture to ornaments. The salesperson is helpful and well-informed about each of their products. Many of the smaller antiques are decorative porcelains that would look beautiful in any home.
British Motoring Club
P.O. Box 73213
British Motoring Club New Orleans (BMCNO) has been around since 1977 when founders Eldridge and Diana Reynolds, owners of a MGA 1600, was interested connecting with other MG enthusiasts. Now BMCNO holds an annual British Car Show at Delgado Community College. This year the car show will be held March 24th from 12:00 to 3:00 P.M. with rewards following it. And if you're an owner of a British vehicle why not enter the car show and join the club with other British car lovers?
The Crown and Anchor English Pub
200 Pelican Ave
If you are looking for a little Brit on the Westbank, Algiers Point has a British touch with a Tudor-style pub, the Crown and Anchor. This neighborhood bar is decked out in décor mostly imported from Great Britain. The Crown and Anchor gives customers an authentic British pub experience which is why it has the title of the only traditional British pub in New Orleans. Also, if you want a snack while you're having a drink, the Crown and Anchor has imported British crisps and candy for you to enjoy.