Detroit can use a little love these days. There’s plenty to do, get out and enjoy some Brit-friendly events in this fine Midwest city and its surrounding areas.
1. AMC Crime Drama
The AMC channel chose Detroit as its backdrop to film the TV adaptation of the film Low Winter Sun. The story is based around two cops who commit a crime but are then given the task to investigate the crime. It’s a whodunit except we know whodunit. The original was set in Edinburgh, Scotland. Mark Strong starred in the film and has had the rare opportunity to reprise his role in the AMC series, saying, “To resurrect him eight years later and move him from Edinburgh to Detroit was too fascinating.”
2. UK Expats & MI Mates
This expat meetup group is about connecting expats with expats and “pats”. One of their recruitment strategies is to invite like-minded people to get together to grumble about the weather. It’s no fun to complain about the weather alone. Right now there aren’t any upcoming events, join and make a suggestion!
3. Sweet Afton Tea Room
This delightful rest spot, named after the Afton River in Ayrshire, Scotland, is 30 minutes outside of the city, located at 450 Forest Ave. in Plymouth, MI. Presented in British tradition, their teas are imported from London. Here is their full menu including savory selections, hearty fare and desserts. The unique teacup chandeliers give the spot a bit of shine.
4. Hamlin Pub
If tea isn’t strong enough for you, then head to Hamlin Pub, 20 minutes outside of Detroit, located at 3946 Rochester Road in Troy, MI. For other MI locations go here. This pub has been voted Detroit’s Best four times in a row. It menu boasts the Guinness steak salad, fish and chips and the angus classic. Its slogan is “Where everyone is a regular.” You can’t get more welcoming than that.
5. Saint Andrew’s Society of Detroit
Founded in 1849, St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit is the oldest benevolent organization in the State of Michigan. Its mission is “to provide assistance to fellow Scots and to encourage the love of Scotland through its history, customs, music, literature and national games.” The groups calendar of events currently includes dance lessons, social hours and committee meetings.
6. Highland Games
Presented by Saint Andrew’s Society of Detroit, the 164th Annual Highland Games will take place this coming Saturday, August 2, 2013 located at Greenmead Historical Park, 20501 Newburgh Rd. in Livonia, Mi (at 8 Mile Rd). The Games will begin with a traditional Ceilidh on Friday Evening, August 2, followed by a number of events throughout the weekend ranging from traditional Scottish dancing, pipe and drum bands and athletic competitive events.
7. Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery
This traditional bakery, located 20 minutes outside of Detroit at 25566 Five Mile Road in Redford, MI, started as a butcher shop in 1949. The family run business took their meats and turned them into savory delights and now offer a full range of treats and sweets made-from-scratch. The menu includes savory pies, tea cakes, breads, meats and imported groceries. You can find the full menu here.
8. Detroit City Football Club
Detroit City FC, nicknamed “Le Rouge”, is a minor league soccer team that plays in the National Premier Soccer League’s Midwest Great Lakes Conference. Founded in 2012, Detroit City FC is part of the “grassroots embodiment” of a resurgent city. You can get a replica team jersey online with the tagline, “Come and get it.” Ooh, they’re cheeky. Detroit even has a soccer club in the form of the The Motor City Supporters who meet up, even travel long distance, to watch soccer live or on the telly.
9. Scottish Highland Steer
MacGregor, yep that’s his name, was born in 2008 and arrived to the Detroit Zoo in 2009. You can find the zoo at 8450 W 10 Mile Rd in Royal Oak, MI. The Scottish highland steer is known for his shaggy appearance and cold-hardy constitution. He has handlebar-shaped horns and a long, thick, shaggy coat. The horns may look menacing but the zoo promises he is “gentle” and “even-tempered”. But, no matter how sweet his disposition is, isn’t it a universal rule, “Don’t feed the animals!” No biscuits.
10. Battle of the Brits
Well, it is called “Motor City” and it just wouldn’t be right if we didn’t highlight Detroit’s “metal” clubs. The Detroit Triumph Sports Car Club and The Metro Triumph Riders present the 31st Annual “Battle of the Brits” on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Camp Dearborn , 1700 General Motors Road, Milford MI. You can expect: Enjoying over 300 Classic British cars and 200 British Motorcycles at one event; Share the experience with over 2,000 other British car lovers; Vote for your favorite cars and watch them battle in 37 different judged categories.
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