It’s not Davis’s fault (he’s required to spout lines such as ‘it was the 1930s and dwarfs were everywhere’), but you can’t help wondering if some stories should be allowed to speak for themselves. Ultimately, it’s testament to the Ovitz family’s formidable instinct for survival (recalled in an interview with the youngest Ovitz from 1999, used extensively and effectively) that this still grips as much as it does.
Located in Brockley, The Proud Sow is an independent butchery that was established in 1908. Started by the Cox family, the businesses has been running consistently for over a hundred years. Specialising in native breeds, award-winning sausages and all things meat, Proud Sow is now run by meat connoisseur Oliver Khaldi, who took it over in 2014. He wants to keep things seasonal and high quality while maintaining standards of traceable English meat. Expect Blythburgh pork from Suffolk, lamb from Kent and the Essex Salt Marshes and free-range chicken.