The owners of the shoppe, UK Gourmet, are Lisa and Nigel
Whitmore. Lisa (formerly Lisa Payne) was born in Connecticut
and has lived in Bethel most of her life. Nigel was born and
raised in Gloucester, England. He has two children who still
live there. Nigel's daughter, Kay, has two young children of
her own, and his son, Mark, plays rugby at Nigel's former club
the Cryptains. Lisa and Nigel met when he was visiting the
states for his sister's wedding.
Soon after he moved to Connecticut, and they were married
two years later in 2000, on a cruise to Bermuda with family
and friends. Nigel started his own construction business, "Nigel
Whitmore Construction," and Lisa worked in retail for 15 years.
They are now living in their home in Bethel. Nigel, who enjoys
cooking, missed many British goodies, like bangers and Stilton
cheese. He soon had Lisa enjoying some British delicacies as
well. Since these and other specialty food items were so
difficult to find, they decided to open their own British grocery
UK Gourmet opened its doors on August 12, 2003. Since they
opened they have met many members of the surrounding
towns who are from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales or
have visited the UK and have fallen in love with it. The
reception has been brilliant, and the future for Lisa, Nigel and
UK Gourmet looks bright! They are enjoying their new store
and are looking forward to meeting more UK food
|Article From 2003
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the road from our original location
|78 Stony Hill Rd
Bethel, CT 06801
I-84, Exit 8 to Route 6 East