Taste of Britain
73 S. Peachtree Street • Norcross, GA 30071
For more than three decades, Taste of Britain, a small novelty shop full of English wares and fare, has served the Historic Norcross Town Center as the perfect stop for Anglophiles. Since 1989, the quaint, red-painted storefront has seen three owners and many changes. But the store’s mission to bring British treats and goods to locals and travelers has endured.
Rukhsana Aguilar was born in South London and raised in the oldest recorded town in Britain, Colchester in Essex. So when she moved to the United States to be with her husband almost 30 years ago, she looked for a community that would allow her to maintain her British heritage and roots. She found that community in the Daughters of the British Empire in the United States of America, a nonprofit charitable organization that connects women and spouses of those of British birth or ancestry. Through this group, Rukhsana— also known as Roxy— met a kindred spirit and the second owner of Taste of Britain, Edna Berkshire.
For the past seven years, Rukhsana has ensured the store is stocked with new and unique items for customers to peruse and discover. Those who venture into Taste of Britain will find classic British delights, such as biscuits, meat pies, chocolate, jams and preserves, and, of course, a plethora of tea. The store’s inventory also includes giftware from teapots and tea sets to toys and British memorabilia.
Taste of Britain’s current hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., and all British goods are available for purchase online, over the phone, and for curbside pickup.