There are Londoners and then there are Londoners. William Rose Butchers is one of the former having set up shop in 1862 in inner city Vauxhall. Since 2005 however home has been East Dulwich, where locals pay loyal patronage to this family-run business. With a reputation for exceptional meat, William Rose works with similarly minded organic and free range producers like Foose Meadow Farm (this celebrated happy chicken has adorned many a London table), Rory MacDuff (for traditional Scottish beef matured on the bone) and rare breed beef farmer, Christmas Farm. Seasonality is promoted and at this time of year you’ll find the call of the wild from partridges, pheasants and grouse. There’s a carnivore club for those inclined as well as their range of dinner-to-go solutions. However the real selling point has always been the produce and exceptional service. Local’s agree. On any given Saturday, you need to only look for the queue outside to find your way to this culinary landmark. You wouldn’t accept anything less from a butcher that has been around for 152 years. 126 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8HD. Tel: 020 8693 9191
Go local in SE22
We turn to the wilds this weekend for our inspiration and find ourselves foraging for blackberries in Surrey. This is our second forage of the season and despite the weather - it has been wet all day, nothing could dampen our enthusiasm for an abundant harvest of plump ripe berries. Tonight's dish - a simple blackberry tart.
Andy Forbes is a man that understands bread. A champion of British wheat and real bread, he is one of the founding members of Brockwell Bake Association. A community of farmers, bakers and millers whom have spent the last five years cultivating British heritage wheat to save what was once the mainstay of British baking.
Check back in a few days to catch our interview with Andy.
Bringing traditional butchery and artisan produce to London, Jacob’s Ladder has always been one of the city’s great innovators and a regular stallholder at its finest food markets. A co-operative of smaller farms and producers from Sussex and Kent, all those gathered under its name are committed to sustainable and local food practices from biodynamic farming through to bread production. It was started in 2010 by Jayne and Michael Duveen of Colin Godmans Farm who remain the force behind Jacob’s Ladder today. Other members include Perry Court Farm - the first family to practice biodynamic agriculture in the UK; Montague Farm - farmers of traditional marsh land sheep; Ladymeads Farm - Edwina Le May has been rearing rare breed hens for 27 years. All farms are family-run including Hungary Lane Farm - a 300 acre biodynamic farm located in Sutton Bonington and Coopers Farm that specialises in Berkshire pigs as well as being a practitioner of polymath traditional farming. Brockwell Bake Association famed for its production of bread using stone-milled UK grain is another member. You’ll find Jacob Ladder’s at all good markets throughout London selling its organic and bio-dynamic meats, cheese, eggs and bread straight from the farm. Locations: Visit them at their permanent home at Spa Terminus, 104 Druid Street, SE1 2HQ. Check its website for its weekly market locations across London.
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It was the orange florescent door that first drew my attention - brazen in its flamboyant, come hither stance. The script on the door - "breakfast of champions" drew me into a suspicious hallway. I hoped that I was the verge of discovering a renege breakfast club in Convent Garden or at least a book club devoted to Kurt. Sadly, not. Breakfast of Champions is a design agency - a bet a very cool one. Click here to have a look. I'm posting this photo anyway because I just breakfast clubs.