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Where London's top chefs shop

From Jason Atherton’s favourite butcher to the Galvins’ crockery supplier, Isaac Parham reveals where some great restauranteurs go to stock their shelves and cupboards

By Time Out in association with American Express®
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Time Out is teaming up with American Express over the next few weeks to uncover some of the city’s gems. Life’s little perks come in all shapes and sizes so from food to fashion and film, we’ll be showing you what London has to offer. This week, to coincide with the London Restaurant Festival, in partnership with American Express, we're focusing on food by taking a look at the shops favoured among London's top chefs. Isaac Parham spoke to the best chefs in the business. Here is his guide to where top chefs like to shop.

Where London's top chefs shop

Chef: Chris and Jeff Galvin

Transport: Baker Street

Paul Goodfellow, who runs this tableware store with his wife Valda, has to be one of the most connected men in the business. He supplies plates and wisdom to virtually all of London’s champion chefs, who drop in to what the Goodfellows call their “plate cave” en route to work. Items are mostly sold in bulk but they do welcome regular punters. The showroom’s tucked underneath the Galvin Brothers’ Bistro de Luxe. No coincidence – the Galvins and the Goodfellows go way back.

  • Shopping
  • Bakeries
  • Soho

Chef: Fergus Henderson

Transport: Piccadilly Circus

Soho continues to evolve at an exciting pace but this charming old Italian deli has so far resisted the urge to change– and it’s great for it. Camisa is a daily haunt of St John’s dandyish Fergus Henderson and many other top London chefs. For a small space, the sheer amount of ingredients is dazzling. Wraps of salami hang from the ceiling, jars of antipasto line the shelves and fresh cheeses sit proudly on the counter. 

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Chef: Dan Doherty

Transport: Greenwich Rail Station

Greenwich’s quaint Royal Hill is home to mongers of the meat, fish and cheese variety. Little wonder, then, that chefs such as Duck and Waffle’s Daniel Doherty shop here regularly. He is particularly fond of Cheeseboard, which offers over 150 varieties of the smelly stuff along with biodynamic wines.

Chef: Samantha Clark

Transport: Bermondsey Underground

A new wave of Greek suppliers in London are showing off a more adventurous side to the traditional cuisine. Step forward Maltby and Greek, who pitch up at Maltby Street Market each weekend. Owners Stef and Elli-Anna take twice-yearly trips to Greece and offer wonderful artisanal produce as a result. Moro’s Samantha Clark is a fan: “The ingredients are inspirational and help influence many of our dishes,” she says. “You’re able to get things like Mizithra cheese from Crete and wild horta greens.”  

 

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Chef: Robin Gill

Transport: Sloane Square

Natoora has been adored by cooks since its days as an online stockist, but the opening of its first central London outpost has – quite literally – put it on the map. Flush with gorgeous produce sourced primarily, but not exclusively, from Italy, the shop is a foodie dream. Chef Robin Gill, who works across the river at Clapham’s The Dairy, is a fan. 

Moen & Sons
  • Shopping
  • Specialist food and drink
  • Clapham

Chef: Jason Atherton

Transport: Clapham Common

When Jason Atherton is in the UK, he often ventures to this Clapham butchers to pick up ingredients for a home-cooked Sunday lunch. Atherton clan, you are truly blessed. Moen & Sons have been around for more than twenty years and their handsome Clapham store is home to some of London’s best rare-breed beef and pork, free-range poultry, and house-cured bacon.

 

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Chef: Marcus Wareing

Transport: Wimbledon Rail

Marcus Wareing calls Bayley & Sage “an amazing deli on the High Street in Wimbledon where I live. I’ll go in for one thing and come out with baskets of stuff, from fresh pasta and excellent cheese to bottles of beautifully pale rosé”. Stop by for fresh bread, deli dishes or, do as the two Michelin starred chef does – and buy a bottle of delicious pink wine. 

Hop Burns & Black
  • Shopping
  • Specialist food and drink
  • East Dulwich

Chef: Tim Anderson

Transport: East Dulwich Rail 

What do you get when you cross craft beer, chilli sauces and vinyl records? One of South London’s most popular shops, apparently. Geekery reigns supreme, whether you wish to sample New Zealand’s oeuvre of hoppy ales or test your mettle against some tongue-searing sauces. Nanban chef and former Masterchef contestant Tim Anderson is on record as saying he has spent more time in H, B & B than he cares to remember. 

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Fortnum & Mason
  • Shopping
  • Department stores
  • Piccadilly

Chef: Angela Hartnett

Transport: Piccadilly Circus 

Fortnum’s flagship Piccadilly store is a totemic shrine to everything that is great about British food and drink. But that’s not all – it’s also a supplier of European wines, specialist teas from India and China and dainty French pastries. What really sets this famous store apart is its debonair glamour and illustrious history — in fact, it was the birthplace of the ever-adored Scotch egg. As a child, Angela Hartnett would be taken to Fortnum’s by her grandmother; now the chef has her own range of pasta in the store. The girl done good. 

Chef: Will Bowlby

Transport: Tooting Bec

Tooting residents probably won’t thank Kricket’s Will Bowlby for bigging up this Indian food shop; they want to keep this little gem all to themselves. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, however, we can tell you all about its freshly-made samosas, delicious chaat and lunchtime tiffin boxes; the sticky Jalebi sweets and fiery Bombay mix — most of which is handmade by a team of nimble-fingered specialists in store. Add in the fact that’s wonderfully inexpensive and you can pretty much guarantee that it won’t stay Tooting’s secret for long. Sorry, guys…

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