London postcard: Grace
What we love about London is that moment of discovery, the thrill of the unexpected. And so it was with Grace: as cute as a button, decked out in blue with all the promise of the best sausage roll in London and smell of great coffee. Hidden in the laneways behind St Paul's, Grace is a true gem and a great find and another reason for abandoning your A-Z and simply go meandering. You'll never know what you'll find and where.
Creed Lane, St. Paul's, EC4V 5BR
Tel. 07910 821659
Mon-Fri: 07.00 - 16.00
London larder: Ginger Pig
The modern incarnation of a traditional butcher, Ginger Pig remains the hallmark of nose to tail butchery in London. In its stores, you'll find the finest quality of meats, the most traditional of sausages, tantalising hand-raised pies, and sausage rolls. Meat is sourced from its Yorkshire farms and like-minded ones across the British Isles. There's the Ginger Pig range of appetising preserves, stocks, and conserves, cookbooks and its seminar of butchery classes. This very modern butcher has earned itself celebrity status by co-hosting pop-up events such as Cuts. This popular event with Forza Win showcased its native breeds and promoted underused cuts, all cooked over different woods and described on the menu. A triumph of theatre, taste and innovative butchery. This very modern butcher whose name is taken from a rare breed offers a very modern take on butchery with its passion for good husbandry and welfare, commitment to its artisan craft and excellence of service.
Marylebone: 8-10 Moxon Street, W1U 4EW. Tel: 020 7935 7788
Borough Market, SE1 1TL. Tel. 0207 4034721
You can get details of its other stores here at the Ginger Pig website.
Discover more of London
We haven't been this excited since ... well, we can't remember when. Borough Kitchen provides the perfect antidote to finding good quality cookware in London with its careful selection of wares, dishes and platters, and covetable kitchenalia. With its select and deliberately limited range, it offers the perfect shopping experience in the heart of London's most inspiring food markets. It will take you from market to kitchen to table.
16 Borough High Street, SE1 9QG
Tel. 07795 267058
Hours: Monday - Friday 10-7; Saturday 9-6
All images from Borough Kitchen.
My London: Brixton Cornercopia
Brixton Cornercopia is no ordinary store. In this small neighbourhood larder, kitchen and restaurant, local stories are told and recipes shared. Everything is sourced and locally made. The community is invited to sell or exchange the surplus of its seasonal harvest. People gather and eat, discovering, often for the first time, south London's seasonal bounty.
At Brixton Cornercopia, there’s a story behind everything sold. Its larder is filled with chutneys and sauces made from the market’s produce. Honey collected by neighbourhood beekeepers and a local bread that sells out in hours. From a late summer harvest are seasonal jams, often the bounty of someone’s vegetable garden. There are apricots preserved with lavender harvested from Brixton Hill and a crab apple jelly made from foraged fruits. The restaurant menu changes weekly, taking culinary inspiration from what’s in season and at its homestore, you’ll find the traditional, vintage and up-cycled.
A resident of Brixton Market since the market’s revitalisation in 2010, Brixton Cornercopia shows that it is possible to connect with local food and producers. London Food Essentials caught up with Anne Fairbrother to find out more about this unique store that she runs with chef Ian Riley
London food walk: Golborne Road
The idea behind london food essentials was a simple one - a hand-drawn map of Soho given to a friend visiting from Australia. It was rudimentary but marked out the main streets and where to go and what to find. It was in its essence a local's guide to london - an in-the-know guide drawn by someone on a great london food adventure. So you can imagine my excitement at the publication of the site's first illustrated map by the very talented illustrator, Livi Gosling. This is her artistic interpretation of Golborne Road based on the words and photos of the LFE team.
More food maps are planned, as is an interview with Livi in the very near future.
Explore Golborne Road with us ...