In terms of trends, I think this is one of the best food trends out there- Farm-to-Table. Originally taking off in California- this concept that has now turned into a movement. Its basic concept is what it literally means- a farm’s most fresh and seasonal products that is closest to your ‘table’. One word: LOCAL.
At its essence- it is a picture of community supported farming and also taking the restaurant experience to a new level. It has taken off in England in recent years with new restaurants popping up showcasing our local farmers as well as world-class culinary talents.
Some use the trendy term as a marketing tool while others just simply live it out. Regardless – its one that we warmly welcome to our foodie city. Here are 3 of my personal favourites.
Daylesford Farms in Gloucestershire now has 5 locations in London. Their concept is a perfect example of what some people call Farm-to-Fork. All of their food comes from their farm- even their creamery. They boast on being sustainable and an organic farm and have developed into a true success story. The most recent store in Marylebone just opened! Check it out or find the one closest to you. And don’t forget to read our post on cooking up savoury organic Lamb Burgers from their Farm Shop!
2- The Shed
The Shed in Notting Hill Gate is owned and run by two brothers from Nutbourne, West Sussex. One focuses on the farming side of things while the other runs the restaurant. Their menu changes daily sourcing their own produce as well as neighbouring suppliers. They’re menu is wildly diverse and also using creative methods to waste nothing in terms of meat… if you know what I mean!
I’ve been hearing about The Grain Store in King’s Cross by a foodie friend for months before I finally visited. The space is buzzing and nearly impossible to get in during brunch on Sundays. This restaurant is large and therefore sources their menu from local suppliers such as Daily Fish and Lake District Farms among many others. They also have a few outside suppliers but in general the menu steers to local and fresh. The cocktails are legendary in themselves.