Farm to table eating

Oooh, that's fresh.

It's the newest culinary obsession, we're just desperate to get some livestock or a turnip out of the field and on to our plate in as few moves as possible.

This is an area to which we've given quite a bit of thought, ourselves... if we had a farm out in the provinces we'd connect our restaurant wi-fi ordering system direct to the largest of our farm catapults and fire the beef or leeks or brassicas direct from source to your plate.

That's patent pending, so keep your mitts off.

For everyone else, in the real world... try these:




Fera
Brook Street W1K 4HR
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Bond Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Simon Rogan's L'Enclume has gained plaudits all over the country (along with two Michelin stars) for its farm-to-table ethos, so foodies greeted his takeover of the restaurant at Claridge's with huge excitement. Fera has much the same philosophy as L'Enclume, with ingredients sourced from Rogan's own farm in Cartmel.

  • BRITISH
  • 11/100
  • USERS 7/10
The Candlemaker
136 Battersea High Street SW11 3JR
Region: Battersea
Nearest Station: Clapham Junction (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: At this Battersea pub the stocks and sauces are made from scratch, food is sourced from nearby farms and producers and Chef Michele Cremona grows her own herbs. It's a cause close to Michele's heart, as she's even running a campaign to encourage locals to do their weekly shop from the high street's market rather than the big supermarkets.

  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
The Dairy
15 The Pavement SW4 0HY
Region: Clapham Common
Nearest Station: Clapham Common

AIL Says: If you can't escape to the country, then a meal at The Dairy is the next best thing. They make their own breads, charcuterie, preserves and even honey thanks to the beehives on their rooftop garden. At The Delicatessen next door you can buy their homemade products.

  • BRITISH
  • 33/100
The Shed Bar & Restaurant
122 Palace Gardens Terrace W8 4RT
Region: Notting Hill
Nearest Station: Notting Hill Gate (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Being owned by three brothers who are a farmer, a chef and a restaurateur means The Shed has a wealth of experience when it comes to running a restaurant, as well as great produce from the family farm in West Sussex. With their pick of ingredients they put their own twist on dishes like crumbed chorizo with labneh and caramelised kale.

  • BRITISH
  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
  • USERS 9/10
The Grain Store
1-3 Stable Street N1C 4AA
Region: King's Cross
Nearest Station: King's Cross St. Pancras (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: With Grain Store Bruno Loubet decided to let vegetables take centre stage, with a mixture of foraged and locally sourced ingredients. Loubet really shows how amazing things can be done with the simplest ingredients, like his vanilla panacotta with slow-roasted cherry tomatoes.

  • INTERNATIONAL
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 8/10
Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs
70 Charlotte Street W1T 4QG
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Goodge Street

AIL Says: At the back of Bubbledogs - the champagne and hot dog restaurant - is Kitchen Table, a dining room for 19 seated around the chef's kitchen. No menus are printed, instead a different 12 - 14 course meal is available each night depending on what suppliers say is the best produce of the day.

  • EUROPEAN
Clarke's
122-124 Kensington Church Street W8 4BH
Region: Kensington
Nearest Station: Notting Hill Gate (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Clarke's is a restaurant, shop and bakery. The menu in the restaurant changes each day, using only British produce. They also pride themselves on not adding any additives to their products.

  • BRITISH
The Duke Of Cambridge
30 St. Peter's Street N1 8JT
Region: Islington
Nearest Station: Angel (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: At this Islington pub everything served is organic or from wild ingredients, and since 2014 they've been sourcing produce from Riverford farms. The menu changes on a daily basis, but sample dishes include whole mackerel with potatoes Lyonnais and tapenade, and roast shoulder of pork with couscous.

    INK Restaurant
    44 Palmers Road E2 0TA
    Region: Bethnal Green
    Nearest Station: Stepney Green (0.4 miles)

    AIL Says: As befits a Nordic-inspired restaurant, there's plenty of pickling and curing going on behind the scenes, using locally sourced produce of course. For one particular recipe the chef salts his own cod as well as dehydrating and smoking tomatoes. Little surprise then that they need 72 hours notice for the tasting menu.



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