BASED on our interviews with local brewers, cheesemakers, charcuteries, patisseries, bakers and writers, we have collated over 100 recommendations of where local artisans eat, drink, shop and buy some of the best of London’s larder. Today we publish part one of our look inside the kitchens of London's food artisans as they share with us the local produce that they like to have eat.
DAN CALLADINE, LONDON POP-UPS
Founder of the city's most informative site to London Pop-ups
"One of the other great things about London has been the raise of the craft brewery like The Five Points Brewing Company in Hackney and London Fields Brewery. So that’s what you’d find in my London Larder."
KYLEE NEWTON, NEWTON & POTT
Preserver and author of The Modern Preserver
"I’ve recently fallen in love with Cobble Lane Cured British charcuterie. I can’t get enough of their fennel, garlic and red wine salami. Based in Islington, they use British free-range meat."
MATT ATKINSON, COBBLE LANE CURED
Charcuterie of British cured meats
"I tend to trade goods at the market so my larder reflects whoever is there. At the moment, l have some biskies from Cutter & Squidge, cheese from Wildes Cheeses and some tomato chutney from Newton & Pott."
FRANKIE CROWLEY, FIENDISH & GOODE
Baker of English delicate dainties
"I always try to buy British and food in season. So in my larder, you’ll find something from England Preserves. Darling Damson is definitely a favourite. There’s some local honey: a friend of ours keeps bees in Peckham and it is the most incredible honey that I have ever eaten. Blackbird Bakery in south London does blinding bread and I always have a bag of Monmouth Express blend coffee beans. Mountains Boston Sausage chipolaters are a favourite Sunday morning treat from Borough Market, and in our larder, you’ll also find some Charles MacLeod Stornoway Black Pudding. It is the best black pudding ever."
PHILLIP WILTON, WILDES CHEESE
"You’d find craft beer from either Redemption Brew or Howling Hops. I’ve got some Picco Salumi (now Cobble Lane Cured), meat from the local butcher in Chelsea and lamb from Ally Pally market. There’s some bread from Flourish, our local bakers, and a tin of baked beans."
CHARLI GILES, CHAZWINKLES
"It is more of a British larder! I have a Riverford vegetable box delivered every Monday so I’m always learning about new vegetables such as flowering sprouts. You will always find some Cullisse Highland Rapeseed Oil. Closer to home, I like British charcuterie from Cannon & Cannon, SPOON granola and Northcote Blonde and Commonside Pale Ale from Bellevue Brewing Company based in SW12."
STUART RITSON, WORKSHOP COFFEE
Wholesale support manager
"You’ll find meat from Ginger Pig — they are one of our meat suppliers at Workshop Coffee. Something from General Store as a treat and I always enjoy Kernel Beer. That’s my top three."
JAYNE DUVEEN, JACOB’S LADDER
Co-founder of farm collaborative, Jacob’s Ladder
"I have a piece of our own grass-fed topside beef that has been aged for four weeks. I'm going to roast for the family and use Perrycourt's biodynamic vegetable that I bought at Crystal Food Palace Market. I always have Andy Forbes' sourdough bread as it lasts me all week. Edwina's exquisitely coloured eggs are fabulous scrambled on Andy's toasted bread. There's biodynamic milk and yogurt from local Plaw Hatch Farm. For later in the week I have lemon sole, which I traded for some featherblade with the lovely Dan at Veasey and Sons Fishmongers. He trades next door to us at Brockley market."
RUTH BARRY, BLACK ISLE BAKERY
"Hansen & Lydersen smoked salmon and Tunworth Cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy. l like to get Lillie’s O’Brien’s limited editions when she is doing them, like her mulberry jam in the summer (London Borough of Jam). She makes something like twenty jars. Her rhubarb and cardamom jam is amazing as is her classic fig and earl grey."
KAREN JONES, CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET
"You’ll find food from the market. All the meat’s from Jacob’s Ladder and the ultra fresh fish from Veasey’s. Olive oil, grains and vinegars, all come from The Grain Grocer. Everything is organic. He started at CPFM and is about to do a pop-up at Brixton Market. All my dressings and marinades come from Heaven Preserve Us. There’s my own salt - French Grey, that I mix with thirteen different spices and seaweeds. I like to cook with ghee and get it from Hook & Son, the market’s organic, raw milk supplier. And of course, loads of fresh organic veg."
SEAN CANNON, CANNON & CANNON
Co-founder and champion of British cured meats
"Nick Vadasz of Vadasz Deli’s fermented pickles go great with charcuterie. I also like Hackney-based Blackhand Food (now Autumn Yard Meat). Hugo Jeffreys makes absolutely delicious charcuterie. I’m also a huge fan of Bermondsey based Kappacesein Dairy and particularly their hard-pressed cheese. You’ll always find that in my fridge."
PETER JACKSON, SE SOUTHWARK BREWERY
"Scotch eggs from Finest Fayre from Maltby Street. You can’t go wrong: they’re incredibly flavoursome."
JONNY HOXTON, BAND OF BANDIT
Urban cowboy and maker of jerky
"You’ll find some organic olive oil from The Gay Farmer who has a stall at Maltby Street. He sources it from his family’s farm in north west Murcia, Spain. It has a great nutty flavour. Beavertown Brewery does some amazing IPAs. I like to have those in my larder as well."
JOE STELLA, STELLACELLO
Alchemist and maker of London’s first bitters
"Where do I begin? There's Lardo in Hackney for their tantalising in-house fennel pollen salami, black anise pepperoni and lard. London Borough of Jam in Clapton for their amazingly colourful and fresh seasonal jams. Lily Vanilli for her beautiful artistic approach to baking, using the most wonderfully unique ingredients. And for outside of London ... Sussex-based distillery Blackdown Artisan Spirits. Their Sussex dry gin uses birch sap from a nearby forest as a botanical which gives it a unique provenance resulting in a seductively smooth gin. "