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Makers and takers


Received this from Handmade Food yesterday:

We recently received a London Borough of Lewisham Business award for most sustainable business practice . We are grateful to Sir Steve Bullock and panel for recognising Hand Made Food’s efforts. Fourteen of us, chefs, shop staff, baristas, events staff, washers up raised a glass of Sussex’s best sparkling Breaky Bottom in a toast to our patrons and supporters. We recently lost a great Blackheath independent Sisters and Daughters to a stinging rent increase and ever increasing costs. We got Cook ( national chain of 60) a shop full of factory produced ready meals , a cashier and a freezer filler – at least they put gingham round the freezers.

Congratulations to them. I’m sure it’s not easy trying to run an independent business on the high street at the moment, and I have to agree about Cook, which I shall continue to refer to as Posh Iceland. The wicker baskets and picnic cloths aren’t fooling me… Handmade Food on the other hand is a lovely place, which I’ve spent a lot of time in, but for some reason never mentioned much on here. It serves Monmouth Coffee, which is delicious, and Neal’s Yard Cheese, not to mention all the food which is solid and tasty. It’s not cheap, but if you’ve looked at the rents on that high street, it’s not hard to see why (£100k a year for Venice Restaurant?)

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Probably the best cheese shop in the world

Neal's Yard Dairy Cheese by Mermaid99 on Flickr

Oxfam are holding a charity Cheese & Wine evening this Wednesday.  The cheese is from Neal’s Yard Dairy, which is certainly the most amazing cheese shop I’ve ever been into.  It’s in Covent Garden, full of free samples of delicious unusual cheeses, served up by enthusiastic people who know what they’re talking about.

Anyway, back to the story.  The wines are from the local Everyday Wines, which used to be “Nicholas” (a much better name for a wine shop!).  The tickets are £10 and when I looked there were only seven left.  So snap them up!

Photo above is of Neal’s Yard cheeses, by Mermaid99 on Flickr.  (Not the actual cheeses being presented, your mileage may vary, etc, etc).

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