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Jul 10, 2011 04:26 AM

The best ingredients/suppliers in the UK - meat/veg/dairy etc!

I find the internet gives fantastic resources at the touch of a button. However, it also has a high signal to noise ratio when it comes to finding the best of the best, the stuff a 3* chef dreams of.

It would be nice to have a topic for the best produce we've found and where from - especially for those of us who dont have access to London's tremendous markets.

I'll start with the best Pork I've eaten in the UK - Richard Vaughan's @ Huntsham farm - deep, rich meat with loads of tasty, tasty fat - as used by the River Cafe amongst other places.

The best eggs I've had have been cotswold legbars from Clarence Court - availible in almost every supermarket now; deep, rich orange yolks and sublime taste.

Please add your recommendations!

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  1. I have to agree about those eggs - they are by far the best I have had (even from farmer's markets) and so pleased they are now available in the supermarkets.

    I get all my meat from the Ginger Pig, they supply many restaurants in London, including the excellent Hawksmoor.

    157 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ, GB

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    1. re: pj26

      The head chef at Hawksmoor owns the below beef delivery company. Its particularly good value if you live in Greater London as they do free next day delivery for orders over £25, they also deliver nationally.

      157 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ, GB

    2. After shopping alot online I think there is no substitution for seeing/smelling/touching the produce yourself before buying, particularly when it comes to fruit and veg.

      However the following have always been v.good: for their mozzarella, also the sommelier at The Ledbury told me they get some of their meats from here as well. for their game. They also do great mutton,lamb, veal and beef. who supply Italian veg to the river cafe, avoid their meat section as very expensive. for consistently excellent cheese, but I particularly like their parmesan