August 4, 2002
When my itchy foot begins to bother me, I travel to this store to immerse myself in browsing for biscuits that remind me of London and the good food I’ve had there that contradicted the out-dated myth about British blandness. I like scones even though I’ve never been to Scotland, and, of course, I can buy them here. This is an eccentric extravagance for me because the prices for the food and drink I like that are only sold in such a specialty shop, are, indeed, higher than I would pay if I were in London. A small bottle of the lemon I love costs over $2.00!
The staff here is native of Britain, with accents to match, and they can give you any information you might need about their merchandise. Unfortunately, I can’t be in London every year, so a visit here is the next best thing. Their telephone # is (760) 434-9130, useful to check their hours and days as they vary from summer to low season. You can't miss seeing this shop, a few doors north of the intersection of State with Grand, for it proudly displays both the Union Jack & Old Glory. It's diagonally across from the Coaster Station and deliberately located where it can catch the tourist's eyes. Now renamed, formerly Bit o" Britain, still appeals to me for I'm of English AND Irish ancestry!
From journal Carlsbad, California –Nourishing Body & Soul