Shopping, Specialist food and drink Finsbury
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© Britta Jaschinski
At the end of the week, what’s left in your kitchen bins? It’s most likely food packaging: wrappers, containers, packets and mountains upon mountains of useless plastic. Step in Unpackaged. This nifty store allows you to buy only what you need (from local suppliers wherever possible), reduce what you use, reuse old containers and recycle all you can. It's the UK’s first zero packaging grocery and is the brainchild of the enterprising Catherine Conway. She invites customers to bring in their own jars, pots, Tupperware and bags, and fill them with fruit, veg and store cupboard ingredients – all organic, Fairtrade or locally sourced; alternatively, buy a reusable container from the store. Vats of olive oil are on tap for refills, and you can take your fill of the pulses, nuts, pasta, rice, loose teas, Neal’s Yard cheeses, herbs and spices, jams, chutney, honey and much more, all arranged in stylish square containers. An Amwell Street fixture for many years, the shop moved to new Hackney premises in December 2012 where there’s room for a café/bar (8am-11pm) that serve fresh, local and seasonal food on site.


Venue name: Unpackaged
Address: 197 Richmond Road
E8 3NJ
Opening hours: Open 8am-8pm daily
Transport: Tube: London Fields rail
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Mandy Hetherton

Lunch here on a cold rainy Tuesday has left me warm and happy inside. A show-stoppingly good soup, billed as beetroot and lime but with an extra savoury edge from mushrooms and thyme (I asked the waiter what was in it as it tasted so good), delighted to the last spoonful. It came with light moist sourdough bread. Not cheap, at £5.50, but worth every penny. Charming, friendly service - I'll be back.