Farmers markets have seen a resurgence in popularity the past few years, with consumers preferring to support locals selling their wares. I love strolling through the markets on a weekend morning and seeing really fresh fruit and veg, with vendors proud of what they are selling – a stark contrast from pre-packaged produce from the larger supermarket chains.
It’s no surprise that this mindset has seen restaurants are also returning to the homegrown ethos – embracing what their local region has to offer in the way of meat, poultry, cheese, wine and veg.
Hotel du Vin, Clerkenwell
Hotel and restaurant chain, Hotel du Vin & Bistro have introduced a new “Homegrown & Local” menu featuring produce from local butchers, farmers and cheese-makers as they believe that these local suppliers are highly passionate about what they do, and this is reflected in the quality of their ingredients.
And it’s not just food that is seeing an increase in popularity– London’s Artisian & Vine specialize in natural, British wines sourced from vineyards across the country. Skeptical as I was about the quality of British wine, an in-house tasting event changed my opinion of them for the better. In fact they’re good enough to rival a good French or Australian wine any day.
It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter if you are a national chain such as Hotel du Vin or a small independent bar – it’s possible to provide exquisite food and drink by supporting your local growers, and in return the locals may just support you!
Want more? Fellow blogger Stephanie Boyle reviews 5 restaurants who grow their own.