You've gotta love a good high street. Somewhere with a butcher, a baker and maybe even a candlestick maker. A street that's lined with independent shops selling top quality goods, and is bustling with market stalls in between. Somewhere that's actually a pleasure to go and do your food shopping, rather than the freezing, trolley-filled aisles of the local supermarket. Luckily for west Londoners there are a few spots that offer this great alternative to the big brand shops, and Chiswick is one of those. Want freshly baked bread and pastries? They've got some of the top bakeries in London. Want game that's just come in season? You've got two butchers to choose from. Want a one-stop shop where you can get coffee, lunch AND your weekly groceries? Well, there's a farmers' market too, where you can do just that. Here are a few more reasons why food shopping in Chiswick is the way to go.
1. Quality fruit and veg
Whether you want a pound of apples for a pound or one trombetta courgette, Chiswick's got it covered. There's at least three fruit and veg stalls along the high road, and if they don't have what you're looking for (edible flowers?!) then Natoora on Turnham Green Terrace certainly does. Just make sure you get what you can from the stalls, otherwise you'll walk out of Natoora and won't be able to afford your bus home. Or if you can't be bothered to even get the bus there, Natoora also does a weekly veg box delivery service.
2. Marvellous meat
With two of London's top butchers within walking distance of each other you're spoilt for meaty choice in Chiswick. Opposite Natoora (we told you not to spend all your money there) is Macken Brothers, where you can get all your basics, plus various charcuterie. And along the high road is Wyndham House which also covers the basics, as well as sauces, biscuits, condiments and cheese if ordered in advance.
3. London's best bread
Bayley and Sage
Ever wondered where you can get the best bread in London (according to restaurant critic Fay Maschler and many others)? Well, it's Chiswick. The bread made at Hedone restaurant is one of London's best-kept secrets. Well it was – you can get yourself a loaf of this wonder-bread at the Bayley and Sage deli on Turnham Green Terrace. It's one of only four places you can buy the bread in London, so get yourself down there nice and early before it sells out. And if does, then pop round the corner to The Bread Shop for all your leavened needs.
4. Fish as fresh as it comes
Surviving as a retail business in Chiswick for over 20 years means you're doing something right. And with its huge selection of boat-fresh fish and a rather fine offering of cured, potted, smoked and pickled fish, Covent Garden Fishmongers is doing all the things right.
5. Wonderful wine
In Chiswick you've got a choice of two excellent independent wine shops. Lea & Sandeman can sell you the less common labels (which you do pay extra for) while The Wine Cellar has got the rest covered. Or if it's craft beer, (And Union) or locally made gin (Sipsmith) you're after, Hack and Veldt deli on Turnham Green Terrace is your one-stop shop.
Discover more in our Chiswick area guide.