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Christmas Greengrocers and Cheese Shops

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La Fromagerie

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La Fromagerie
La Fromagerie
Neal's Yard Dairy
Neal's Yard Dairy
The Natural kitchen
The Natural Kitchen
The Natural Kitchen
The Natural Kitchen
Andreas Georghiou & Co
Andreas Georghiou & Co
Andreas Georghiou & Co
 

 

British supermarkets have improved beyond measure when it comes to meat, cheese and international essentials in recent years, but they don't always deliver when it comes to greens. Markets - especially farmers' markets - are the best place to find really tasty veg, but there are also an increasing number of shops sourcing interesting varieties from small producers, with flavours that remind you just how your satsumas, roast potatoes and sprouts ought to taste.

 
 

The Natural Kitchen

For organic produce, artisan treats and chemical-free tipple, try The Natural Kitchen.

The Natural Kitchen The Natural Kitchen Where:
, 77-78 Marylebone High Street, London London, W1U 5JX
Category: Food and Drink Shops

77-78 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 5JX

Tube: Baker Street Station

 
 

Hand-planted organic vegetables from Sunnyfields Farm arrive at The Natural Kitchen every morning, to be sold to the well-heeled residents of Marylebone - and to plenty of other people who are more than happy to travel for food of this quality. They specialise in British, seasonal veg - in other words just the kind of thing you'll want to put on the Christmas table. The spacious shop is also a delight and includes a gift area, and there's a cafe upstairs and butcher's shop within the store. They also hold regular events where you can talk to chefs and suppliers about why the food tastes so good, and how you should prepare it. Following the success of the Marylebone branch, there is now a Natural Kitchen shop in New Street Square in the City and an East London store has just opened in Trinity Square on Pepys Street.

 
 
 

Daylesford Organic

This organic store provides veg from one of the UK's most sustainable farms.

Daylesford Organic Pimlico Daylesford Organic Pimlico Where:
, 44B Pimlico Road, London London, SW1W 8LP
Category: Food and Drink Shops

44B Pimlico Road, Belgravia, London, SW1W 8LP

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 
 

Lady Carole Bamford's Daylesford Organic is an impressive organic superstore, with a café attached. You could do all your Christmas food shopping here, and be sure of getting great puds, meat and cheese from happy, healthy animals, and even pick up a few beautifully-presented gifts on the way. The true highlight, however, is in the fruit and vegetables section, where seasonal produce comes straight from their kitchen garden. It's here that you'll find the kind of earthy, amusingly-shaped veg that EU regulations and squeamish supermarkets came close to eliminating from UK tables, and that makes you realise that most people live their whole life without finding out what a real potato tastes like. The shop usually runs extended Christmas hours, so be sure to check the website for the latest festive announcements.

 
 
 

La Fromagerie

For real cheese-lovers, it wouldn't be Christmas without a trip to La Fromagerie.

La Fromagerie La Fromagerie Where:
, 2-6 Moxon Street, London London, W1U 4EW
Category: Food and Drink Shops

2-6 Moxon Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 4EW

Tube: Baker Street Station

 
 

If you want to break out of your cheddar comfort-zone, but are bewildered by the choice available (and by the tendency of French cheeses to suddenly collapse into a foul-smelling goo that taints everything in your fridge), then you head to Patricia Michelson's La Fromagerie, where try-before-you-buy is the rule and the bustling cafe serves up all kinds of products from the shop. They have regular cheese tasting events throughout the year with special 'meet the producer' evenings. But no matter when you visit, the expert staff at La Fromagerie are happy to advise you on how to construct the perfect cheeseboard to follow any meal, and the wines to go with it. There are branches in Marylebone and in Highbury.

 
 
 

Neal's Yard Dairy Covent Garden

The cheese connoisseurs at Neal's Yard are on hand to assist with all your festive fromage needs.

Neal's Yard Dairy Covent Garden Neal's Yard Dairy Covent Garden Where:
, 17 Shorts Gardens, London London, WC2H 9UP
Category: Delicatessens

17 Shorts Gardens, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9UP

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

This most charming of central London cheese shops no longer has its own dairy on-site, though it is still particularly noted for the type of young, soft cheeses it used to make. There's also an impressive range of mature cheese, from their own dairy in Kent and micro-producers throughout Britain. For something a little different, they're offering a quite exceptional stilton-like British cheese, called Stichelton, as the perfect thing to accompany a glass of port after dinner. A tradition Stilton - in season at this time of year - also comes recommended and available at a discounted rate when you bulk buy a quarter of a kilo or above. Details below are for the branch in Covent Garden - which has the advantage of being right at the heart of London's best gift-shopping area. There's also a branch in Borough Market.

 
 
 

Andreas

These carbon-footprint conscious greengrocers are dedicated to providing fresh and tasty veg.

Andreas Andreas Where:
, 4 Cale Street, London London, SW3 3QU
Category: Food and Drink Shops

4 Cale Street, London, SW3 3QU

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Many of the best restaurants in London (including the River Cafe) source fruit and vegetables from Andreas Georghiou who has built up a loyal following during his 20 years in the business. Andreas, his green grocer's on Cale Street is a cut above your average fruit and veg shop and customers at the Chelsea Green shop include television chef Nigella Lawson. It's also thoroughly green, with food miles stickers helping you to figure out your winter strawberry's carbon footprint, and deliveries made with the bare minimum of packaging.

 
 
 

Natoora

A new greengrocers on Turnham Green Terrrace makes this Chiswick street a one-stop shop for Christmas shopping

 

Andreas Georghious may have shut up his Turnham Green Terrace shop earlier this year but, thankfully, it has been replaced by Natoora, a beautifully minimalist fruit and veg shop which prides itself on putting seasonality and quality above all else. At their clean, minimalist Chiswick store fresh produce is combined with a friendly advice and tastings. Right next door is the deli Mortimer & Bennett and there's the world-class Macken Bros butcher opposite. Also on the picturesque Turnham Green Terrace is an excellent fishmonger, great gift shops - including a proper traditional toy shop - and a master-chocolatier so lucky west Londoners can get all their Christmas shopping done in one place.

 
 
 
 
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