Hedonistas! Come to Rosewood London Slow Food Market
Hedonistas! Food lovers and the most discerning of magpies in need of a pretty new, Made in Britain trinket or two…. lend me your ears…. I’m in love! I’ve found the perfect way for you to spend a heavenly Sunday, do all your organic and local food shopping in an unhurried and delightful way; oh and have your tastebuds thoroughly tantalised too. You also get to graze on my idea of the perfect brunch: seriously good, sustainable smoked salmon on fluffy buckwheat pancakes.
My new favourite EH pitstop, is the slow food and living market at Rosewood London, just minutes from Covent Garden and about 60 seconds from Holborn Station. Forget Borough Market, and the impossible tourist crowds, this marvellous authentic market, is tucked away in a serene courtyard, in the elegant hotel entrance, which gently snakes back out onto High Holborn.
It’s everything a Sunday should be. Lazy, sybaritic, unhurried and slow! Go soon! In fact go this Sunday, and savour the birth of a wonderful new market for London, that champions the crème de la crème of sustainable, artisan and organic producers from raw dairy delights to whimsical, English eccentric, rose gold jewellery by hot jeweller, Claire English, and plump, hard to find Italian cheeses encrusted in tea and forest fruits – utterly surprising, and a match made in culinary heaven.
Eating Raw Cream off a Spoon
There is so much to discover and delight in, where do I start? Anyone for hemp chocolate, sensuous, sundried tomatoes or zingy sauerkraut, which will be my new digestive appetiser?
What will linger on in my imagination is the memory of being offered a sample spoon of raw cream the colour of pale straw. The taste was extraordinary. Like eating a dollop of old fashioned English toffee, with a hint of burnt sugar – yum! I was told one lady loves it so much she puts it on her face as a moisturiser. Perhaps one could bathe in the stuff, a la Cleopatra. It is made by the totally wonderful Hook and Son farm and dairy. The taste took me right back to childhood summers in Devon. I can’t wait to try their sunshine yellow ghee in my cooking.
Honey Beer from Hiver
Other delights include: the extraordinary delicate, honeyed beers from Hiver, using raw local honey. The beer was so good,this emerald princess might take up craft beer drinking. Seriously Moorish salmon from Hansen and Lydersen that isn’t wild, but really tastes like wild salmon. The salmon is sustainably produced with passion and a love for the traditions of the art of the smoker, and comes with just the right balance of smoky deliciousness and a silken, melt in the mouth texture. This is the Holy Grail when it comes to good salmon, and so hard to find with mass-produced, unhappy fish.
As a finale, I savoured fluffy vegan mozzarella at the Amico Bio stall, which was curiously rather tasty, and I stood at the Tomato Stall, and tempted a passer by with a punnet of sweetie coloured cherry tomatoes from the best tomato grower in the world, outside of Italy – well, I am biased, they come from the beautiful Isle of Wight!
All in all, a very Emerald Princess, life-enhancing day out! I even learnt to like sauerkraut! I will be back!
Can you do a weekly shop? – Yes, the market includes: milk, butter, cream and eggs, smoked fish, charcuterie, organic fruits, vegetables, wine, beer, a wide variety of gourmet vegan and vegetarian food. Some producers come each week; others alternate, keeping the market fresh and interesting.
Is it Expensive? – Prices in the market are in line with other farmers’ markets in London and the southeast. Of course, it is more expensive than buying cheap, highly processed food in a supermarket. By buying directly from the producer, you are buying wonderful food without the middleman and looking after your health and the health of animals and the natural world. The question is not why is farmers market food more expensive? Ask why cut price food in your super market is so cheap. We need to end our obsession with cheap food at any price, especially on staples such as bread and milk. Spend more of your income on good, healthy food, buy smaller quantities and waste less.
Opening Times – 10.30am – 3pm – Every Sunday at Rosewood London, Holborn – 1 minute from Holborn Tube Station.
Reportage Photography By Sam Lane – www.samlanephotography.co.uk