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Sep 6, 2007 03:35 AM

American-type Dill Pickles in London

I cannot for the life of me find a dill pickle in London. At this point I'm not picky - I'd take even a lousy Vlasic or Claussen-type American grocery-store pickle, but it would be great to find a NY or Chicago-style deli pickle. I have only found "pickled cucumbers" at the grocery store...and they're sweet, not savory. Cornichons, while lovely, aren't cutting it.

What am I missing? I am sure this is just one of those things that's lost in translation....

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  1. Sainsbury stocks the "Mrs Elswood" range which, I think, includes a dill pickle which is reasonably similar to to what I've had in NYC on the side with a deli sandwich. You'll find them in the ordinary pickle section of the shop or the kosher section.

    You'll often find our supermarket pickle ranges will come in two varieties - one marked "sweet", the other not marked, which isnt sweet and will be the one for you to try. Other than that, you need to find a Jewish deli but, not living down south, I can't help with you that.

    1. I find Mrs. Elswood a fairly good substitute for what we had in U.S. supermarkets. You probably good find Kosher pickles in one of the Golders Green shops. Bloom's deli (I think that's the name) might have them. Funny, pickles is one of the things I don't miss too much.

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      1. re: zuriga1

        Waitrose do a good range of haimisha style pickled cucumbers. I love the freshly pickled 'New Green' cucumbers you find in the Kosher fridge section. Also they do an Israeli brand which delights in the name of Beit HaShita which are excellent.

        1. re: loobcom

          I don't know if we have Kosher fridge sections in the Surrey Waitroses... can't say I've ever seen one... but then again, I never looked carefully. Are you Kosher? <g>

          1. re: zuriga1

            I don't observe the laws of kashrut.

          2. re: loobcom

            Sadly, although Sainsbury's still sell Mrs Elswood's cucumbers, they've dropped the Haimisha's - at least in our local store. Any of the delis in Golders Green is probably your best bet for proper pickles - there's one next to Carmellis bakery that should have them.

        2. I don't know for sure but I used to live in St. John's Wood where's there's large Jewish population and there's a Jewish friendly deli called Panzer's a stone's throw from St. John's Wood station.

          There's also Harry Morgan's on St. John's Wood High St.

          I would call both ahead before visiting.

          1. Excellent - thanks so much. We haven't had much success at Waitrose, so I will try Sainsbury's. I am not sure if our Waitrose (Barbican) has a kosher section...I have bought Matzoh there, but didn't notice that it was with anything else specifically kosher. :)

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            1. re: KaCHing

              Best kosher sections in Waitrose stores tend to be in places like Temple Fortune etc. Selfridges Food Hall has a sizeable section, or did before the latest re-modelling of the Food Hall, now I know.

              1. re: KaCHing

                Working to the assumption that the origin of the Jewish style pickles will have been north/east Europe, it may be worth a look at discount supermarket Lidl (if there is one in your part of the world). Company has many products from that part of the world. As an aside I have a pal who raves over their German flour mixes for his bread making machine.

                1. re: Brit on a Trip

                  Your friend is right about the flour at Lidl's. They opened one in Leatherhead last year, and the prices of the flour (and mixes) are incredibly cheap. I haven't tried them yet but should. I'll look for pickles, too. The Aldi stores might have the same.

              2. Good pickles (ie Guss' Pickles or Pickle Guys) are one of the things I miss the most about NYC and have not been able to find a substitute for in London when the craving hits. I eat them by the dozen when ever I go back.

                I make do w/ Vlasic and others from and Planet Organic typically stocks some Kosher Dills made in California which are OK (the name escapes me).

                I do need to make the rounds of Golders Green to truly rule out finding any decent pickles here.

                Actually, the closest thing I've found to a really good picke is suprisingly in Paris in the Marais at a Polish Patisserie.


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                1. re: NYLONDave

                  The Marais was the Jewish section of Paris. Maybe the Polish patisserie has Polish Jews doing the cooking!