London food stores: a list of the best...
When I am in London, I am often trying to search out the best produce and ingredient stores from which to room-picnic/squirrel goodies back to Scotland from. Rather than keep asking every year, I wondered if it might be useful to others to have a list/thread of the best?
I started by dahsing off the ones I know of/have used as 'an outsider'. It would be great if you could add your faves in a similar manner....adding any info or categories (eg Markets, Sweet shops etc) where needed. Thx!
e5bakehouse - East London artisan sourdough bakers using organic and locally sourced ingredients.
St John Bakery - Puerveyor of delicious rustic breads - and doughnuts with an emerging cult following.
Poilane - London outpost of traditional French baker serving respected breads and croissants. Belgravia.
Wild Caper - Wonderful Bread and Pastries in Brixton Village.
Neal's Yard - Farm cheese from the British Isles, starring the showstopper Stichelton. Various outlets, with stores at Borough Market and Covent Garden.
Paxton and Whitfield - Historical cheesemongers specialising in artisan English and French cheeses. Jermyn Street.
Lina Stores - Popular Soho deli with a good selection of charcuterie.
I Camissa & Son - London's original Italian Deli since 1961
Luigi's Deli - Popular Italian Deli in Chelsea with beautiful ingredients and prepared foods.
R Garcia - Notting Hill based store with a good selection of Spanish ingredients.
Brindisa - Popular store for Spanish ingredients in the heart of Borough Market.
Center - Wide selection of Japanese ingredients. Regent Street.
Taj Stores - Brick Lane retailer with a wide selection of Bangladeshi/Indian and Asian ingredients.
Michanicou Brothers - Oft touted as the best greengrocers in London and a gem for foodies. Holland Park.
Paul A Young - Award winning young chocolateirs with several stores. Flagship in Soho.
L'artisan du Chocolat - Haven to many chocoholics across the city and the world....and purveyor of the lethally addictive liquid chocolate salted caramel. Chelsea, Notting Hill and in Selfridges.
Roccoco - Thriving chocolate shop selling a wide variety of beautifully wrapped chocolate and confectionery. Three stores with flagship in Belgravia.
Harvey Nichols foodhall
Fortnum and Mason
- La Cave a Fromage - very close to South Kensington tube station, lovely selection, always in very good condition, and staff very helpful, not at all sniffy as I've found in another well known cheesemonger (not listed above). And if you are buying cheese for that night or for eating in a few days time, tell them and they'll help pick something that will be perfect for that date.
- Atari-ya - Sell Japanese food including fresh seafood (incl sashimi grade), sushi and, depending on which location, a great selection of fresh, dried and frozen ingredients and food. The one in Finchley is excellent.
- William Curley - chocolatier and patissiere, his patisseries in particular really are superb. Two locations, Belgravia and Richmond.
Im sure there are better Korean stores in New Malden, but I really like Seoul Plaza in Golders Green for Korean ingredients (after a quick google it turns out they have locations across London, including New Malden).
Golders Green also has Yarden and Kosher Kingdom for Kosher/Jewish ingredients, though neither are probably much interest to non-Jews.
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Bread is spot on i've tried so much and these four are my favourites as well....
Leila's on Arnold Circus is sensational for fruit and veg. I would also add Chegworth Farm Shop's both in Notting Hill and Borough Market they are spectacular and as local as London fruit and veg gets
- Brockley FM
- Islington FM
- Maltby St
- Stoke Newington FM
Organic friendly food stores
- Grocery on Kingsland Road
- Wholefoods both Kensington and Stoke Newington
Ooh yes, I went for the launch evening. Have really enjoyed his chocolates from Chocolate Unwrapped and Chocolate Festival for last couple of years so good to see him in a shop. It started out as for a month, then quickly was suggested it should be 3 months and then a year. So it's not quite as much of a pop-up / short lease as originally expected.
The desserts are good, especially the coffee one. He sells them frozen, and they need a few hours to defrost, before eating, which is ideal if you are buying them to have at home that evening.
Which reminds me of the Roast + Conch (Hotel Chocolat) store at Seven Dials, near Covent Garden.
I really like their hot drinks made from cocoa beans treated like coffee beans. Sounds like hot chocolate, but not quite, has more of the roasted flavours of coffee and is served unsweetened.
Cheese - Teddington Cheese Co (branch also in Richmoind).
Good selection of British cheeses (albeit the more obvious ones - e.g. Appleby's Cheshire and Kirkham's Lancashire, rather than, say, Bourne's or Shorrock's )
Should also add:
Little Bread Pedlar - great pastries -- had a superb pear danish with a very fragrantly fruity pear. Monmouth Coffee sources their pastries from them.
My favourite deli's tend to be where the owner displays obsessive compulsive behaviour. My current favourite is Melrose & Morgan, only been to the Primrose Hill branch but they have another in Hampstead.
Poilane bakery, off Victoria, the smell of the shop alone is amazing (in particular the mornings), but is also alot cheaper (?) than buying their bread elsewhere.
Honourable mention for Gennaro's in Lewisham, similar to I Camissa & Son but bigger, cheaper and with really friendly staff.
By the by, I'm enjoying Nigel Slater's Friday evening series (he's my food god). Every week he visits a food retailer (later cooking some food for them) which I presume are all in the London area. Can anyone ID the places and if, indeed, they would be anyone's "best" list?