Half-baked scones, like half-baked bank heists, appear completely solid at first glance, but fall apart under interrogation. Grill confectionary accomplices with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get 14 plain or raisin scones or 12 specialty homemade scones at Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe (a $20.97 value).
Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe appeases polished palates with an assortment of imported products, baked goods, and traditional tea service. Pastry traditionalists can take home 14 plain or raisin scones, and avant-garde gourmands can select a specialty dozen from the shop's spread of flavors, including butterscotch, cherry and almond, and english toffee. Purchasers receive scones in the form of frozen dough, which, after 20 minutes of baking, take on a homemade identity convincing enough to fool Hercule Poirot. Orders come packaged in groups of four, so those who select the specialty styles can mix and match up to three flavors to fill out their dozen. For those with dietary restrictions, raisin scones can be prepared according to gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, and fruit-suspicious recipes.
For an authentic across-the-pond experience, Groupon customers receive 10% off afternoon tea on Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe’s cozy flower-lined patio. Welcome the friendly company of finger sandwiches, a moist cake medley, a steaming pot of tea, and more ($19.95 for adults, $10.95 for children), all served by a sentient tea cart programmed with helpful pointers on proper etiquette.
Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe and British Village Shoppe
Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe and British Village Shoppe imports products from across the pond from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. An extensive in-store inventory spans everything from scones, baked pies, pastries, and sausage rolls, and animal collars patterned with the British flag. Should an item of desire elude shoppers or Sherlock Holmes, store associates occasionally place special orders.