Where Can I Find Something Scottish or British in St. Louis?
Many locally owned businesses here in the St. Louis region are distinctively Scottish or British; a fact that makes us proud and gives us a chance to build strong connections within our community. Whether you're looking for a pub to share some pints, do some local shopping, immerse yourself in teas, or whatever your goal, check out these local businesses here:
The Scottish Arms
The Scottish Arms is an exquisite Scottish Pub located in the Central West End, adjacent to the IKEA on Forest Park Avenue. Here you can sample the finest Scottish cuisine this side of the Mississippi courtesy of its head chef and native born Scot, Ally Nesbitt. Everything from Scotch eggs, Haddock fish and chips, Bangers and Mash, tenderly prepared haggis, to nearly every type of Scotch whisky one could imagine, you can find it at the Scottish Arms. Check out their website for more information!
The London Tea Room
Have you ever watched Downton Abbey and said to yourself 'Having afternoon tea sounds like a lot of fun'? Well now you can at the London Tea Room, located on Morganford Road just a block south of Tower Grove Park. Not only does the Tea Room deliver wonderful service and goods, they offer classes and seminars on baking the perfect treats, the history of tea, and special offers every month. Call ahead to reserve your afternoon tea time to have the full experience! Check our their website for more information!
The English Shop
This store is tailor made for the anglophile and lover of all things British. Located right on Main Street in the St. Charles Historic District, the English Shop imports a vast array of British merchandise, goods, souvenirs, clothing, foodstuffs, jewelry, pop culture items, and much more. The English Shop has a large inventory and don't fret if they don't have something in stock, they order new stock all the time. Visit their website to learn more!
Thistle Do Nicely
Chances are if you've been to Highland games around the country this year, you've seen this traveling store with the wonderfully appropriate name 'Thistle Do Nicely'. Operating out of Belleville Illinois, they sell a variety of Scottish souvenirs, merchandise, and gifts directly imported from the United Kingdom. A relatively new business to open in the St. Louis region, the Thistle Do Nicely staff also travel around the country working as vendors at Highlander games and Scottish festivals. Visit their website to learn more and see the products they offer!
Dad's Cookie Company
Here's a company with a long history in St. Louis. The original Scottish oatmeal cookies came from Scottish at the turn of the 20th century and by 1926, the business made its way to St. Louis. Since then, these cookies have become a hallmark of the St. Louis food scene. The owners still use the same 100 year old recipe to make the best Scotch oatmeal cookies in the entire Midwest. Stop by their shop on Louisiana Ave in the Dutchtown neighborhood for these wonderful treats! See what else they offer on their website!