For our Christmas market we’ve a bumper 48 stalls offering the finest food and drink – and some great gift ideas for foodies! Here’s where to check for your favourite market traders
FRUIT & VEG & DRINKS
Kew Brewery Cheers to local brewer David Scott whose ales have become regular sell-outs at the market. Using only English hops and malts, they are unrefined natural beers sustainably brewed less than a mile from Kew Gardens, which also inspired names such as Pagoda pale ale and richer Botanic amber ale. www.kewbrewery.co.uk
Real Ale Ltd We are a local company based in East Twickenham, close to Richmond Bridge. It’s simple – there are some great bottled beers out there but they can be really hard to find. We taste a lot and bring them all under one roof, so that everyone gets to enjoy them! We also offer a great range of wines, sourced from small producers and not found in larger retailers, and have an ever-changing selection of cask (draught) beer. www.realale.com
Ringden Farm Chris and Lesley Dench will again be bringing their award-winning apple and pear juices to Kew this month. They set up their juice business in 1990, using fruit from their orchards after a violent hailstorm marked the crop, and their use of traditional pressing methods and slow pasteurisation preserves the real flavour of the fruit. And thanks to popular demand, they’ll also be selling their scrumptious apples and pears plus cordials and jams. www.ringdenfarm.co.uk
Wild Country Organics We’re delighted that the winner of the Fresh Produce Category of the prestigious Soil Food Association Awards has become a regular at the market. The farm has been organic since 1988 and specialises in producing a wide variety of summer and winter vegetables, herbs and salad leaves. Because the quality is so high, you’ll often find that your bag of leaves will last the week – if you can keep them that long! www.wildco.co.uk
Matugga Rum Here’s a real taste of sunshine – award-winning sipping spirits made using the finest ingredients from the easterly region of Africa: Golden Rum with a smooth, harmonious flavour to which fragrant natural ingredients and spices are added for Matuga Spiced Rum. And here’s a sweet thought: you can also enjoy the flavour in Mattugga Rum Cake. www.matuggarum.com
MEAT AND FISH
Hunts Hill Farm John and Georgina Emerson have been farming in Normandy, near Guildford, for 26 years. Their beef is grass-fed and allowed to graze all year round; their chicken and ducks are all free-range and dry-plucked; and the free-range pork is mostly from saddlebacks. They’ll also be bringing a variety of different flavoured sausages and eggs to the market. www.huntshillfarm.com
The Portland Scallop Co Jamie Walker is based near Chesil Beach and most of the fish he sells at Sunday’s market will have been caught on the Dorset or Devon coast on Friday. What he sells depends on what the boats bring in, so his stall will have what’s in season from a range including bass, bream, monkfish, lemon sole, mullet, plaice, turbot, brill, lemon or dover sole, oysters and lobster, as well as rope-grown mussels and dived scallops. He’s also likely to bring whole cooked crab, home-made crab soup and fishcakes. Most of his fish will already be gutted and scaled, but any other preparation can be done at the market.
Winterbourne Game Chris Norcott specialises in the best seasonal game: rabbit, pigeon, venison, game sausages and burgers to cook at home, as well as casseroles, pies and terrines. If you tend to steer clear of game because you don’t know what to do with it, Chris and his partner Kate will be happy to advise you on what to buy and how to cook it. They’ll also be cooking venison burgers, sausages and loin in rolls for delicious on-the-go lunches at the market. www.winterbournegame.co.uk
Aroma Organics Jane Isfort specialises in chutneys (such as Old English to go with cheese and Mango and Ginger for curries) and gluten- and additive-free sauces, as well as seasonal Three Fruit and Blood Orange marmalades.
Avlaki Superb Organic Olive Oils We keep the olive in the olive oil! We bring you single-estate, unfiltered, organic olive oil, bottled fresh from milling (four weeks from the tree to the bottle – no-one else brings it in this fresh to the UK!). These are ‘finishing’ oils for drizzling on dishes and dipping with bread. When we have presented these oils at events such as the Real Food Festival and the Food and Drink Expo, people have said they’ve never tasted olive oil as good. That’s because it’s the authentic taste of olive oil – the taste every olive farmer knows! www.oliveoilavlaki.com
Bookham Harrison Farms New to Kew land a huge hit last month, this stall specialises in award-winning Italian-style hard cheeses: Sussex Charmer, which combines the recipes for a mature Cheddar with that of a Parmesan; and Twickenham Grange, the only Vegetarian Society-approved Parmesan-style cheese. www.bookhams.com
Catch Isle of Wight Always a popular stall, here’s where to land fantastic fishy deli, from fabulous fishcakes and fish pie to tartare sauce and lobster oil, garnished with a more than a handful of Great Taste Awards. www.catchisleofwight.co.uk
Flax Farm At Flax Farm we cold-press linseed oil and produce linseed meal and other delicious linseed-based products in the good old-fashioned way. We are passionate about this wonderful plant and we would like to share with you the best ways to enjoy linseed for its great flavour and amazing health benefits. Our Flaxjacks – unique flapjacks containing lots of lovely linseed – are always popular and our new product is Flax Farm’s Linseed Summer Porridge, made to be lighter with golden linseed, oats, goji berries and blueberries, pumpkin seeds and vanilla. www.flaxfarm.co.uk
Forest Treasures Here’s an exciting new stall trialling this month at Kew and selling such natural luxuries as virgin forest truffles and wild mushrooms – scrumptious with the new season’s game!
Homi’s Herbal Teas Homi Jennings (of regular jewellery stall Gallery 66) is also a herbalist and has now launched a new venture selling unusual blends of herbal teas, including saffron tea and also special silk gift pouches of Iranian saffron.
Lovely Pasta We welcome back Twickenham-based Laura Bossetti who’ll be selling her delicious oven-ready fresh pasta dishes, such as lasagne both bolognaise and vegetarian , gnocchi alla romana and crespelle, as well as Italian sauces and biscuits. www.lovelypasta.co.uk
Mud Foods, Christian Barrington has been taking his produce to market for over five years, and in that time his pies, quiches, pasties and sausage rolls have won many awards including Best Taste and Best Product, thanks to his great-quality free-range and/or organic ingredients, all locally sourced. www.mudfoods.com
Nonya Secrets (aka Dine In Sauces) Here you’ll find delicious hand-made sauces from the babas and nonyas of South East Asia – 10 vibrant and subtle cooking and dipping sauces for make-at-home meals with authentic oriental flavour. www.nonyasecrets.com
Nut Knowle Farm Established in 1979, Nut Knowle Farm makes traditional hand-made hard and soft goat milk cheeses. Paul, who sells on the stall, works in the dairy and is enthusiastic about keeping old receipes alive, having introduced Martlet Gold, Millefleur, Aspire, Mount Caburn and their latest, Sussex Squire, which are all much appreciated www.nutknowlefarm.com
Nutty Lady Ltd Hand-made spicy caramelised nuts are my speciality, made to my own recipe in my Kew kitchen. The mixture contains almonds, walnuts and pecans (but no peanuts) and I sell it in four sizes: snack bags, small crew-top jars and small and large kilner jars (for which I also sell refills). www.nuttyladyltd.co.uk
Thee Olive Tree Olive lovers will be spoiled for choice – 23 different types of stuffed and marinated olives! You’ll also find feta cheese, feta-stuffed red and pipeline peppers, sun-blushed and sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, stuffed vine leaves, tapenade, humus, butter bean salad, boquerones, green and red pesto, harissa and marinated garlic. www.theeolivetree.co.uk
HOT FOOD, SNACKS AND TAKEAWAYS
Abycina Introducing Kew to the delicious flavours of Ethiopian/Etritrean cuisine, Abycina offers a mix of traditional East African and modern experimental street food. Made with the freshest local vegetables and exotic spices, Abycina dishes are healthy and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Carolyn Dawson I live in Kew and have been a chef for over 25 years. Using quality seasonal ingredients, I offer a selection of interesting takeaway dishes, whether salads (such as feta with cracked wheat, pea, broad bean, red onion and mint), tarts (smoked haddock, cheddar and chive), pissaladiere (onion, anchovy and olive slice) or soups (sweet potato, coconut, chilli and ginger). All the dishes are home-made by me in Kew.
Fresh Falafel Mahmoud Shamallak will again be bringing an authentic and nutritious taste of Lebanon to Kew, with his fresh hot vegetarian Falafel wraps stuffed with houmus, salad, lutes, pickles, chilli sauce and tahini sauce. www.freshfalafel.co.uk
La Crêpe de Delices I am a French chef who moved to Richmond from my home town of Lyon – the gastronomic capital of France! I have brought my business of making authentic, traditional sweet and savoury French crepes to Kew Village Market. I have a wonderful selection of fillings and like to change my menu to make sure my customers always have something new to taste and enjoy. www.lacrepededelices.com
Mulata Cuisine Originally from Colombia and now an experienced chef loving living in London, Mulata brings culinary excellence to the recipes she was brought up on as a child, such as Arepas and Empañadas, offering delicious new street food experiences!
BREAD, CAKES & SWEET STUFF
GingerQ is the home of delicious gingerbread biscuits, hand-baked using only the finest ingredients and so exquisitely iced they’re edible works of art! Traditionally the biscuits were baked just for Christmas but when GingerQ started offering them as wedding favours they were so popular that now they bake them all year round. www.gingerq.co.uk
Ildiko’s Chocolate We’re a local family-run business and our artisan chocolate slabs and sweet delights are all hand-crafted in Walton-on-Thames. We partner premium chocolate with unusual toppings – anything from raspberries to rose petals to pink peppercorns – for fantastic flavour combinations, and also offer a unique range of caramel sauces. www.ildikoschocolate.co.uk
Love By Cake Our speciality is Petit Fours, small treats to brighten everyone’s day! Hand-finished cakes with a perfect balance of flavours and a personal touch will make any event memorable!
Our Bread Here you’ll find a feast of locally baked Hungarian treats – five different types of strudel, savoury and sweet, cakes, biscuits and scones. www.eastsheenmicrobakery.co.uk
Pinch of This We offer fresh, delicious, gluten-free baking, using organic ingredients where possible and always local free-range eggs. Whether you’re looking for luxury savoury pasties, brownies, biscuits or even a celebration cake we can bring you gluten-free bakes with no compromise made on taste or texture. www.pinchofthis.co.uk
Ruben’s Bakehouse Igor Occhiali makes home-baked artisan breads, using a long fermentation process and organic flours, and shaping his cottage loaves, bloomers, ciabatta and focaccia by hand. He loves his sourdough range, usually brings along a new speciality each month, and can supply gluten-free breads (although at the moment only on request). His stall at Kew Village Market has been such a success that he opened his own shop in Twickenham, called after his young son. www.rubensbakehouse.com
The Damsel Cake Company Based in Kew, Rania Betmouni uses the finest ingredients to create cakes, favours and petit fours for all occasions. Do stop by to be tempted by her delightfully decorated cupcakes and biscuits – or perhaps to talk to her about a custom-made cake for a special celebration?
The Flavoured Shortbread Bakery Here you’ll find a mouth-watering range of gourmet shortbread both sweet (such as Almond & Amaretto, Cardamom & Pistachio), savoury (Cheddar, Rosemary & Chilli) and astonishing (Gin & Juniper shortbread, anyone?) plus a few gluten-free flavours too. www.theflavouredshortbreadbakery.com
You’ll find a wealth of beautiful original gifts here to buy from their clever makers. And at the KVM stall we’ll be selling packs of lovely Kew views Christmas cards, Kew Village Market Cookbook and our exclusive new cotton bag – great stocking-fillers to buy in a lot of good causes, as all proceeds go to local charities.
Atelier Chokerbali I am a French jeweller who moved from Paris to Richmond. All my pieces are unique, made using natural semi-precious stones, sterling silver and antique Venetian and African beads. After working very successfully in France for ten years, I am delighted now to be bringing my craft to England and sharing my passion with everyone. www.chokerbali.com
BeeInspired We are passionate beekeepers and our 20 years experience of working with these fascinating insects has inspired us to create and make a range of bodycare and homecare products using our own beeswax and honey from our hives near Hampton Court. Our ethos is ‘less is more’ and our products are natural, simple and effective. www.naturalbeeswaxcreams.com
Gallery 66 All the jewellery is designed and made by Lisa Heyler and Homi Jennings and we draw our inspiration from the forms, textures and beauty found in Mother Nature. We use freshwater pearls in many of our designs, to bring an air of purity and delicacy, often mixing them with silver for a contemporary feel.
Conkers Handknits For over 20 years we’ve been producing innovative collections of designer jumpers and accessories. Comfortable, practical and contemporary, all our distinctive children’s wear is hand-made, machine washable and made from 100% cotton. www.conkers-handknits.co.uk
Honeypot Beads We design and hand-make beaded and glass jewellery. Our beads are mostly stone or glass, some made from scratch by us – for our pendants, for instance, we layer pieces of glass and fire them in our kiln to fuse them together. As each item of jewellery is hand-made it is rare to find two pieces the same. Our range includes necklaces, bracelets, earrings and mobile phone charms, and all come in an attractive gift bag, making them perfect presents.
Jo Beckett Ceramics I am a London-based potter making functional pieces on the wheel in both stoneware and porcelain clays. Form, function, surface texture and colour are what I keep in mind as I aim to make everyday pots which people love to use. All my pots are both dishwasher and microwave safe. As well as my continual development of stock products, I also work with clients on commissions. www.jobeckettceramics.co.uk
Katalin Szallas Ceramics Shape is very important in my hand-made ceramics, but I also put a lot of emphasis on decoration. Most of my pieces – mugs, teapots, bowls, jars and vases – are thrown on a potter’s wheel and decorated individually, some with slip decoration and others raku-fired. www.katalinszallasceramics.co.uk
Lloyds of Kew Books is of course a book lover’s magnet on Kew Green. Now Helen Edwards is bringing some of her wares to the village where she’ll be selling great-value books, both contemporary and beautiful vintage volumes.
Mark Weston-Lewis, Woodturner Mark’s beautiful bowls, platters and decorative items, exquisitely crafted from a variety of locally sourced woods, are natural works of art, perfect for a special Christmas present or perhaps a house-warming gift?
Meadowsweet Flowers Local freelance florist Veronica Platt will be bringing a selection of fresh flower bouquets and arrangements in her signature array of stylish and unusual containers. You can also order special occasion flowers – check out her website at www.meadowsweetflowers.net
Portia Gillies Here’s an irresistible stall, new to Kew, selling stunning hand-made woollen accessories – bags, shawls, scarves, hats and wrist-warmers as well as funky felted glasses cases. www.portiagillies.com
The Recycled Candle Company Candles are our business and we make them from 100% recycled wax, reducing the impact wax waste has on the environment and turning other people’s rubbish into something to love again!
Witts Design Mother-and-daughter design partners Michelle and Stephanie Witt use both traditional and modern techniques to create luxury fabrics for fashion and interiors. Stop by their stall to be tempted by their range of textile items, including cushions and scarves that ooze individuality. www.wittsdesign.com