Provenance

We try and source all of our ingredients as impeccably as possible and have cast our gaze up and down these Isles to find the best farmers, suppliers, and makers.

We’re proud to be able to cook with such fine ingredients and to wholeheartedly recommend these upstanding pillars of the food community.

All of our meat is free-range, rare-breed and British and is currently supplied by the excellent, friendly and knowledgeable Blackwell family at The Rare Breed Meat Company in Essex. Suppliers to other such distinguished establishments as Harrods, Selfridges and Jimmy’s Farm, Howard and George fervently believe in the quality of the meat produced from happy animals, that have been reared in totally free-range environments and fed only on natural foods that are free of any form of growth promoters, as, indeed, do we.

We are also fully signed-up to The Pig Pledge, against intense factory farming, and in support of local, healthy, high welfare farms.

We ensure that all of our fish is rated ‘sustainable’ by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and is sourced fresh, via the historic Billingsgate Market. Our smoked haddock is from the independent and family-run Alfred Enderby. Almost a century old, this distinguished smokehouse uses the Grimsby Traditional method of smoking and has recently received Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in recognition of their unique time-honoured processes. Alfred Enderby has also been included in the highly selective Slowfood Ark of Taste that champions small-scale quality productions belonging to cultures, history and traditions throughout the world.

Our outstanding eggs are from the free-range rare-breed Burford Brown hens of Clarence Court, the rich colour and flavour of which have to be experienced to be believed.

Our proper bread is handmade, all-natural and baked fresh from scratch each morning for us by the absolutely splendid Katherine Lockwood and her talented team at The Spence Bakery, a certified member of the Real Bread Campaign and masters of the complexity of a good loaf.