IN the lead-up to Christmas, we are thinking of bubbles and what better way to get in the mood that with the through of a chilled sparkling number. So you can image our delight, when we learnt about Forty Hall Vineyard based in Enfield London. This community-based vineyard is the first commercial scale vineyard in London since the Middle Ages and is run by a group of dedicated local volunteers. The vineyard is selling its wine to the public for the first time after a successful 2015 harvest. You can buy it at the cellar door at Forty Hall Farm. There will also be a limited release of its FHV London Sparking Brut - its 2014 vintage late next year. To get this special vintage, you need to participate in sponsorship of the vineyard. You can learn more about the vineyard here.
Words by Fiona Symington. Photos courtesy of Barnes & Webb.
KNOWN for their postcode honey, Barnes & Webb talk about beekeeping, rooftops, and the best views in London.
It’s a quiet time of year for Barnes & Webb. Come April, bee season will have started and any opportunity to talk to Paul Webb and Chris Barnes will be near impossible. With over 40 hives across London and each one receiving a weekly visit, there’ll be little rest for these two urban beekeepers.
Winners at the recent Urban Food Awards for Heavenly Honey, Barnes & Webb has brought a new localism to London food. They rent beehives across the city, selling the honey that they collect, while helping support the local honey bee population and our appreciation of them. Like the index of London’s famous A-Z street directory, their honey is named after the postcode from which it is collected. From EC2 (Shoreditch) to SW15 (Putney), each one varies in flavour, offering a very local taste to those who buy it.