‘The hidden gem’
That’s how the Mayor of Richmond, Rita Palmer, a great supporter, described Kew Village Market last month. She went on to say: ‘Of course it’s becoming known much wider afield because of its wonderful atmosphere and quality foods and crafts. I feel proud to be part of its success!’ she added.
It’s a feeling echoed by all the organisers, especially when looking back. The market is so right for Kew it seems as though it’s always been there – but in fact it only came into being a year and a half ago.
Many of the stallholders who made the leap of faith to take part in the very first Kew Village Market have become its seasoned regulars and will be with us as usual this Sunday, 7th April.
If, like the Mayor, you’ll be shopping for your Sunday lunch, you can take your pick of seasonal lamb and rose veal from C&S Stileman or British Lop pork from Noggin Farm (now also selling eggs). Select your week’s vegetables from Beech Hill Farm, with perhaps some Howgate Wonders for an apple crumble, and be spoilt for choice at Norbiton Cheese.
Treat yourself to a flavour of A Cena with something savoury from The Food on the Hill, partner of the acclaimed Richmond restaurant, or to Indian delicacies from Kew favourite The Curry Garden. Sample the best of British beer from Real Ale Ltd and pick up a speciality loaf or two from Ruben’s Bakehouse (whose stall at Kew Market has been such a success he’s opened a shop in Twickenham).
If your craving is cake-shaped, Sugar Maddy is a must, or you can stop at The Original Maids of Honour for a whole range of beautiful bakes and hot drinks. Discover the wonders of linseed at Flax Farm and tuck into very moreish spicy nibbles at Nutty Lady Ltd. And if you’re in the market for a gift, don’t miss Holly Francesca’s original artwork and home accessories or Becky Harris’s unique yet affordable jewellery.
Since all the above first set up their stalls in Station Parade, the market has nearly doubled in size – you can find a full list of this month’s stalls here. We’re grateful to all our stallholders (and indeed our customers) who make the market what it is – but special thanks this month to our pioneers!
Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday, 7th April, 10am to 2pm!