London’s Best New Food Shops
London is filled with passionate food producers and highly skilled artisans – but they’re not only found in trendy food markets and pop-ups. Here’s our round-up of the capital’s newest and most exciting delicatessens, bakeries, cheesemongers and stores selling Middle Eastern and Asian ingredients. We guarantee you won’t walk away empty-handed.
Petersham Nurseries Delicatessen, Covent Garden
Richmond’s idyllically beautiful garden centre café has recently opened a stylish delicatessen, florist and wine cellar in Covent Garden – a contemporary take on the traditional Italian grocery store. It sells seasonal fruit and veg, tempting pastries, handmade fresh pasta and pasta sauces, a small selection of gluten-free dried pasta, antipasti, cheeses and charcuterie. There are also freshly made soups, salads and sandwiches to order.
The deli’s focus is on Italian store cupboard ingredients and speciality items made by small artisanal producers. We love the beautifully packaged pistachio brittle, pear cider vinegar, white torrone, wholegrain brown carnaroli rice, truffle cream and more. Additionally, there are wines, spirits and olive oils, plus Petersham’s own-label jams and marmalades. They also have a new shop a couple of doors down selling homeware, tableware, furniture, antique pieces and indoor plants.
Petersham Nurseries Delicatessen, Floral Court, 27 King Street, WC2E 8JD
Image credit: Chris Hall
Giddy Grocer, Bermondsey
There’s no shortage of food destinations near Bermondsey village, with the Borough Market and Maltby Street (and its surrounding) markets nearby. Now local residents Christine Hall and Simon Lyons have added to the must-visit list with a gorgeous new British deli. They both come from food backgrounds: Hall has made documentaries including Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsay, and Lyons owns the lovely B Street Deli nearby.
Prepare to be giddy with delight at the charmingly retro displays, filled with stylishly packaged goods. There’s a carefully chosen selection of breads, pastries, meat, seafood, condiments, and fresh fruit and veg. The emphasis is on artisan British products, sourced mostly from upcoming producers.
Giddy Grocer, 80 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UD
Image credit: Elena Heatherwick
Bread Ahead, Mayfair and (forthcoming) Beak Street
A Borough Market and Chelsea favourite, this bakery and baking school has opened a new temporary branch in Mayfair, and is set to open another (permanent) in Beak Street in Carnaby.
The Mayfair shop and café, which opened in November 2017, is for ‘a minimum six months and may become permanent’, we are told, but this is yet to be confirmed. It’s currently focused on seasonal baked goods, such as their ever-popular mince pies and a Christmas pudding doughnut, rolled in cinnamon sugar and decorated with a gingerbread biscuit star. The minimalist space has a large 18th century banqueting table, with comfy sofas at the back.
Image credit: Kira Zumkley
The Beak Street branch is scheduled to open on 5th January 2018 in what was formerly a stable, and will also house a café. It will be a bright space with a turquoise interior, pink marble-topped counter, and a red-and-gold snug area at the back. In addition to its famous sourdough loaves and doughnuts, it will also sell continental baked goods such as ciabatta, brioche and the on-trend kouign amann (a puff pastry-like cake from Brittany that we believe is a major new baking trend).
Owner Matthew Jones has worked in restaurants such as Bibendum and Quaglino’s, has been a head pastry and bakery chef, and founded the Flour Power City bakery. Head baker Justin Gellatly has helmed the bread and pastry section at St John’s restaurant – so it’s safe to say that they both know a thing or two about baked goods.
Bread Ahead, 42 North Audley Street, W1K 6ZR; 21 Beak Street, W1F 9RR
Maitre Choux, Soho
Claiming to be ‘the first and only choux pastry specialist patisserie in the world’, the original in South Kensington boasts celebrity clientèle and sells out every single day. Now Joakim Prat, the award-winning three-Michelin star chef behind it, has opened a new branch in the heart of Soho. It’s larger, and sells a similar range of hand-made choux pastries, éclairs and chouquettes (little choux pastry balls topped with crunchy pearl sugar, baked on-site).
The cute choux pastries come in flavours like caramel and pistachio-strawberry, and you won’t be able to resist eating an entire box of chouquettes in one sitting (we won’t tell anyone; we promise). The brightly coloured éclairs are gorgeous works of art – almost too pretty to eat. We love the Paris-Brest (hazelnut praline), Persian pistachio and strikingly jewel-hued raspberry flavours. Don’t miss the thick, luscious hot chocolate, made according to an old Basque recipe from Prat’s grandmother.
Maitre Choux, 60 Dean Street, W1D 6AW
Flavourtown Bakery, Parsons Green
The lucky residents of Parsons Green have a chic new bakery in their midst, specialising in cakes, cupcakes, pastries and brownies. There’s a window through which you can view the bakers making every baked item and little detail from scratch – from crusts to garnishes. Nothing is made in a factory elsewhere – it’s all sparklingly fresh. They use notably high-quality ingredients, including organic fruit, organic flour, French Lescure butter, and the finest chocolates including Valrhona.
There’s a wide selection to choose from – but highlights include unicorn cakes with gold fondant horns that would have Instagrammers swooning into their turmeric lattes, brightly coloured six-layer rainbow cakes, and an elegant toasted hazelnut tart.
Flavourtown have been selling their wares from Primrose Hill bakery and the Old Spitalfields Market, and this is their first permanent store. As a special local treat, they’ve created a delicious ‘Parsons Green peanut pie’, made from an Oreo cookie crust filled with peanut butter-cream cheese and topped with chocolate ganache. They also sell small vegan and gluten-free ranges.
Flavourtown Bakery, 771 Fulham Road, SW6 5HA
Located opposite the tube station in the Hammersmith Broadway shopping centre, this is the newest branch of the large international French bakery chain. Still owned by the fifth generation of the same family, the bakery first originated in Lille in the nineteenth century.
Here you’ll find reliably good classic French viennoiserie and speciality breads; plus savoury items like sandwiches, croques and quiches. Look out for festive specialities on special occasions throughout the year, plus a regular selection of sweet treats including tarts, éclairs, macarons and meringues.
Paul Hammersmith, Unit 34B, Broadway Shopping Centre, Hammersmith Broadway, W6 9YD
La Fromagerie, Bloomsbury
Adding to her iconic shops in Highbury and Marylebone, legendary cheesemonger Patricia Michelson has opened a new branch on a corner site in Lamb’s Conduit Street. (We don’t use the words ‘iconic’ and ‘legendary’ lightly – the La Fromagerie brand truly is revered all over the world).
The attractive late-Georgian building has a retro look and feel. Located on the ground floor is its signature Cheese Room, where cheeses such as Winslade from Hampshire and Normandy Camembert with truffles are kept at an optimum temperature. In addition to the famous cheeses, there are also seasonal fruit and veg, baked goods, condiments and crackers. Additionally, you’ll find a stylish marble-top bar and a small café with pavement seating.
Downstairs, there’s a Tasting Room with a glass-covered courtyard for events such as cheese, charcuterie and wine pairings. They also sell tableware, glassware, linen and a few antiques. Expect the same top-notch quality as in the other branches.
La Fromagerie, 52 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3LL
Mons Cheesemongers, East Dulwich
This friendly French cheesemonger sells traditionally-made cheeses from France and Switzerland, ripened in the cellars at Saint-Haon-le-Châtel. They already sell in Spa Terminus, Borough and Brockley markets, but have now opened a shop in East Dulwich.
Here you might find banon, a delicious soft, raw goat’s milk cheese from Provence, and an intriguing Swiss raw cow’s milk cheese called Etivaz. With a large, excellent range to choose from, it’s no wonder the new shop is a hit with the locals.
Mons Cheesemongers, 153 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HD
Bala Baya Shook, Southwark
‘Shook’ as in ‘souk’ – an Arabic bazaar. Ex-Ottolenghi chef Eran Tibi’s much-loved contemporary Israeli restaurant under Southwark’s Union Street arches has opened an in-house bakery. It’s a vibrant space, with outside seating and a buzzy vibe. There are cheesecake cookies here (yes!) and babka pretzels (double yes!), plus pita pie, poppy seed filas, quince and almond torsade, lemon-cherry cream cakes and much more. You won’t be able to walk away without buying something from the daily-changing selection of Middle Eastern sweet and savoury pastries, pies, breads and cakes – chef Tibi’s old family recipes infused with the cosmopolitan spirit of modern-day Tel Aviv.
Bala Baya Shook, Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, SE1 0LR
Part of a ‘table and market’ concept, restaurateur Linda Lee – of Koba and On The Bab fame – has just opened this Korean restaurant and supermarket in Soho. The stylish shop is located on the lower ground floor, selling freshly cooked takeaway dishes, Asian fruit and veg, a frozen section and Korean green tea. A unique, beautifully designed rice dispenser machine is something of a talking point, and there are also recipe cards to inspire you to cook Korean food at home. Downstairs there’s a range of attractive own-brand homeware, crockery and aprons.
Mee Market, 9A Archer Street, W1D 7AX
Also worth noting…
Panzer’s Deli: St John’s Wood’s hugely popular deli has been refurbished and relaunched.
Artisan de Chocolat: This popular ‘bean to bar’ chocolatier has just opened a new branch in High Street Kensington.
Bulk Market: Dalston’s commendably eco-friendly ‘zero-waste’ food store is relocating to permanent premises in January 2018.
Feature image: Bala Baya Shook