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Canned Pumpkin in London?

misswills Oct 30, 2007 12:37 PM

Hi Everyone,

This is a question mostly aimed at my fellow American expats, but anyone with advice is surely welcome to chime in.

It's almost that time of year again -- Thanksgiving -- and that means pumpkin pie. I most likely won't have the time this year to make pumpkin pie 100% from scratch as I did last year, so I'm looking for canned pumpkin. Does anyone know of a shop in London (preferably central) that sells it? Thank you! :)

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    mighty_ one Nov 5, 2007 02:36 AM

    You can get ED Smith (venerable Canadian brand) at the Canada Shop in Covent Garden. Since our Thanksgiving has come and gone, it's all yours. For nearly £4 a can!
    - mighty

    1. kristainlondon Nov 1, 2007 11:49 AM

      I would try...
      Selfridge's. They have an American section.
      Harrod's. Also has an American section.
      Partridge's. The one on the King's Road had a huge American flag up around the 4th of July if I remember correctly. As well as Cheerios (the yellow box kind) for £7 a box.

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        smartie Nov 1, 2007 10:46 AM

        the Hampstead Delicatessen on Rosslyn Hill have an American section. Horribly expensive but you can get the basics there like American cereals, cakemixes, cookies etc although most of these things now available in ordinary supermarkets. give them a ring and see if they stock it.

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          Chow Penguin Nov 1, 2007 08:13 AM

          I used to live in the St. Johns Wood area (near the American school) and so I would imagine that the grocery stores round there would have American foods. Have you called the huge Sainsburys near Finchley Road tube? What about the Waitrose on Finchley Road?

          1. babybat Oct 31, 2007 03:47 AM

            Ocado.com indicates that Waitrose sell it, the central London branches are Marylebone road, Brunswick centre and Canary Wharf, possibly the new John Lewis foodhall might have it also. Failing that, maybe Fresh & Wild on Brewer Street or the Selfridges foodhall?

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              misswills Nov 2, 2007 10:54 AM

              Thanks for the Waitrose suggestion. I found it at the Brunswick location stocked amongst the baking goods/canned fruit. Wasn't too bad of a price -- £1.20/can. Thank you so much again for the help! :)

            2. zuriga1 Oct 31, 2007 12:19 AM

              I once bought canned pumpkin at a Waitrose... but that was 2 or 3 years ago. I used to bake a pumpkin/cranberry bread at Thanksgiving time. It might be worth one look if there's a shop nearby.

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                Mel21 Oct 30, 2007 05:08 PM

                Ah well, you can always cheat and buy the pumpkin pie already made from whole foods! ;-) But yes, maybe check them out for what you might need.

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