During the lockdowns many of us have ‘gone local’ in our shopping habits as the rhythms of life have shifted due to working from home. Instead of big weekly shops at supermarkets, a tendency to explore smaller, independent outlets has taken hold, especially on our daily perambulations for exercise. Luckily, Teddington and Twickenham are alive with food and drink producers offering delicious fresh produce, delivered to the door or the high street.
Teddington-based Alex Sumner runs Well Bread, which conjures up tasty loaves for delivery three days a week. Customers may choose from rustic white sourdough to all sorts of delectable combinations such as cranberry and walnut or turmeric, ginger and toasted pumpkin seed sourdough. Alex, who spent a decade in France perfecting her breadmaking, also runs courses from her home that will begin again when allowed.
Meanwhile, Meri Rotes has spent the last year developing her nut butter business Green Sparrow Foods from her Teddington home. Handmade creations include almond, peanut, hazelnut and almond nut butters, with organic options available. At check-out customers select their roast and texture preference and each jar is individually made to be delivered fresh.
Or how about some Strawberry Hill honey from the hives around Strawberry Hill House? This unpasteurised honey is harvested between May and August but is available all year round. It is produced by The London Bee Company, which links a network of beekeepers across the capital with the aim of promoting healthy bee colonies in a sustainable and responsible manner. Sam, one of the founders, offers introductory beekeeping courses in Twickenham.
For exquisite cakes delivered to the door, try Made by Adele run by Adele Hing. Seasonal choices for March include vanilla, sour cream and cardamom sponge with forced rhubarb compote, filled with German custard cream. There are vegan options too. Each cake design is unique, and Adele aims to use local ingredients where possible.
While pubs are closed, the Twickenham Fine Ales free home delivery service could be the next best thing. Inspired by the statues of water nymphs in York House gardens, Naked Ladies is a glorious, hoppy golden ale using Herkules, Celeia and Chinook hops for a full flavour. Alternatives include their popular Grandstand, Wolf of Woods, London Porter and Honey Dark. All are available in 500ml bottles. Brewery tours and rugby match day events will start up again later in the year.
Strawberry Hill honey and Green Sparrow nut butters are available for delivery or in-store at refill-larder.co.uk
Kate Chesshyre is the owner of The Refill Larder in Teddington