|Article From 2003
78 Stony Hill Rd
Bethel, CT 06801
I-84, Exit 8 to Route 6 E
or I-84, Exit 9 to Route 6 W
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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 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 store.
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 connoisseurs.