Food and drink - buying and going out

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BUYING FOOD AND DRINK

 

The Co-operative
175/177 Kings Road, Kingston KT2 5JG (020 8546 5747); 126-130 High Street, New Malden  KT3 4EP (020 8942 7498)

About us: Food stores in Kingston share corporate environmental and other ethical policies which include: "There are physical limits to the resources of the Earth so we are committed to making absolute reductions in emissions." Also sell own brand Fairtrade products.

TTK comment: "More ethical than most supermarkets."

Website: http://www.co-operative.coop/corporate/ethics-and-sustainability/

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Fairtrade Stall
St Paul's Church, Kingston Hill, KT2 7SF

About us: Open most Sundays, 0800 to 1215 and 1730 to 2030, for sale of Fairtrade foods and items from the Traidcraft range. Special items from catalogue available on request or by email.

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Email: peterwat@hotmail.com

  

Farmdrop 
Home delivery across London

About us: Food from small farms, most of them within 150 miles of London, delivered in electric vans. "We make it easy to buy the freshest food direct from the best local producers... We believe that supporting small-scale farming paves the way for a more sustainable food system."

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Phone: 0203 770 9300

Website: https://www.farmdrop.com/

Email: hello@farmdrop.com

Flour Power City
Small chain, with stalls in local markets including Kingston

About us: "Our watchword at Flour Power City is ‘quality’. Naturally that means using only the finest ingredients, such as the lovingly milled flour fromShiptonMill, which is why many of our breads are certified by the Organic Food Federation (OFF). Where we are unable to obtain certified organic ingredients due to fluctuations in quality, we have a network of suppliers who specialise in ‘free range’ products such as un-waxed fruit and vegetables which are grown without the use of pesticides, and additive-free foodstuffs. Needless to say, we never use GM produce."

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TTK comment: "Delicious cakes and bread – and approved and sold by TTK's food co-op too."

Phone: 020 8691 2288 

Website: http://www.flourpowercity.co.uk/home.htm

Email: sales@flourpowercity.com

 

Food for Thought
38 Market Place, Kingston KT1 1JQ

About us: "Integral to our mission is to run the business ethically and with care with our aim to be carbon neutral. We will seek to find the most ethical and environmentally friendly methods possible and suppliers and partners that support these objectives… Our stores have also seen a jump in interest in Fairtrade products and I’m happy to say that we’re stocking more Fairtrade products than ever before…"

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Phone: 020 8546 7806  

Website: http://www.foodforthoughtuk.com/

Email: lisa@foodforthoughtuk.com 

 

Garsons Farm
Winterdown Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8LS

 

About us: "Garsons of Esher is famous across the country for our award-winning pick-your-own farm. With 150 acres of fruit, vegetable and flower crops, it's the UK's largest pick-your-own farm..." See their Faming Policy here

 

Green awards and accreditations: See Awards and Accreditations at the bottom of their website's Environmental Policy page 

 

TTK comment: "This is our closest PYO farm, and unless you grow your own, their produce is as fresh as you can get locally! We like the fact that they exchange crop waste for manure from the local Chessington Zoo."

 

Phone: 01372 460 181

 

Website: https://www.garsons.co.uk/

 

Email: Contact Us

 

 

The Healthy Cook Co
32 Old London Road, Kingston

About us: "Nutritious food...naturally free from" "Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, no added sugar - cakes, muffins, celebration cakes, salads, Fairtrade coffee and tea". Deliver to anywhere in the UK.

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TTK comment: "The closest thing to home-made that we've seen and tasted - yummy!"

Phone: 07947 654757

Website: www.healthycookcompany.co.uk

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Holland & Barrett
12-13 Apple Market, Kingston KT1 1JE, and national

About us: "Here at Holland & Barrett we don't just want to be 'good for you', but 'good for our planet' as well. Being the UK's leading health food store, we have been 'green' for years, well before it became fashionable... Our aim is to be carbon neutral; reducing our carbon emissions and, if they cannot be eliminated, investing in carbon offsetting programmes." See http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/planit-green.asp.

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TTK comment: "Holland & Barrettfor were the first retail chain brave enough to ban plastic bags altogether – go along with your own bag to show your appreciation!"

Phone: 0208 541 1378  

Website: http://www.hollandandbarrett.com

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Laverstoke Park Farm

About us: "Laverstoke Park Farm quality meats and dairy produce from our farm. Not only can you buy our organic and naturally reared meats (everything from beef, pork, lamb and chicken to buffalo and wild boar), you can also choose from our award winning range of sausages, burgers, pies, cheeses, biltong, chocolate, fudge, ready meals, sauces and, of course, our home produced creamy buffalo mozzarella, ricotta and buffalo milk ice creams.
At Laverstoke Park Farm we employ organic and biodynamic farming methods from the turn of the century. Our animals are selected from slow growing breeds that graze in fields sown with a specially formulated mixture of 31 grasses, herbs and clovers. And because they are slow growing they produce a tastier, more succulent meat. We also believe in a ‘field to fork’ philosophy – that is meat reared on the farm, processed on the farm and packed on the farm, so it arrives on your fork free from additives, preservatives and artificial chemicals." More at http://www.laverstokepark.co.uk/.

Green awards and accreditations: The 2,500 acres of Laverstoke Park Farm and the parkland at Laverstoke are certified as biodynamic by Demeter and is classed as organic by the Soil Association.

TTK comment: "An organic butcher with extremely high standards of animal welfare with a farm and farm shop in Hampshire, and a very good on-line shop and delivery service. Not cheap, but we highly recommend their very tasty chickens."

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Website: http://www.laverstokepark.co.uk/

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Marks & Spencer
Kingston, Surbiton, Tolworth... a large national chain

About us: "We launched Plan A in January 2007, setting out 100 commitments to achieve in 5 years. We've now extended Plan A to 180 commitments to achieve by 2015, with the ultimate goal of becoming the world's most sustainable major retailer. Through Plan A we are working with our customers and our suppliers to combat climate change, reduce waste, use sustainable raw materials, trade ethically, and help our customers to lead healthier lifestyles..."

"We already have very high standards when it comes to animal welfare, sustainable fishing, and farming, but there is always room for improvement. That's why we've moved all our whole fresh turkey, duck and geese to free range and have already introduced clothing ranges made from organic linen and cotton." Also sell own brand Fairtrade products.

Green awards and accreditations: 2 Green Business Awards in Carbon Emissions Ambition category and  overall Green Business of the Year

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Website: http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/plan-a?intid=gft_plana

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Milk & More
Kingston and national; type in your postcode to find the local service

About us: "Part of the Dairy Crest group, milk&more is your same friendly local milkmen – now online. In addition to fresh milk and everything dairy, we offer a huge and ever-expanding range ... From bread and milk to the freshest seasonal fruit and vegetable boxes..." Free delivery. 

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TTK comment: "Milk delivered to your doorstep by an electricity-powered milk-float in reusable glass bottles - there is no greener container! And they deliver organic milk too! But a caveat - although we pay a premium for organic milk, and hope that organic farmers benefit, Dairy Crest are among the milk companies that are paying farmers less than the cost of producing milk, which cannot be sustainable long-term."

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Website: http://www.milkandmore.co.uk/home

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Montezuma's
4 Fife Road, Kingston KT1 1SZ

About us: "Providing Luxury, Organic and Vegan Chocolate Gifts and Bars plus Handmade and Artisan Chocolates in the UK… we won’t deal with any business that cannot uphold similar standards to ours, both at home and overseas. Our organic cocoa either comes from a co-operative of over 9,000 small plantations in theDominican Republicor from a similar but smaller co-op inPeru. These co-ops have a strong social structure that re-invests into the local society and infrastructure in a way that makes their cocoa based agriculture sustainable, equitable and indeed profitable. Our partners get a price for their cocoa significantly above the open market price for cocoa…"

TTK comment: "Delicious – and ethical too!"

Phone: 0203 166 1037

Website: http://www.montezumas.co.uk

Email: Customer Service Champion hayley.rodgers@montezumas.co.uk

 

Organic Wine Club
40 Central Road, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 8HY

About Us: "Organic Wine Club is UK’s first wine club solely dedicated to organic wines. We sell certified organic, biodynamic, vegan friendly, sulphite free wines that are healthier for the consumer than conventional. Everyone can join our organic wine club by buying any of the Club or Lifestyle wine cases. We offer member discounts, wine tasting events, wine education and organic wine subscription. All wines are carefully handpicked, tried and tasted to ensure top quality organic produce for our customers and members. We say: ‘Drink less but better wines. Drink organic!'"

Green awards and accreditations: "Our staff is Wines and Spirits Education Trust certified. Our products are certified organic by EU standards and/or Soil Association (for English Quality Wines). Some of the wines are certified biodynamic by Demeter or certified vegan-friendly."

Phone:020 8337 3427

Website: https://organicwineclub.co.uk

Email: info@organicwineclub.co.uk

 

Ruben's Bakery
52, Heath Road, Twickenham + available from Surbiton Farmers Market, and Bevans the Butchers, Richmond Road, Kingston

About us: "My ethos is simple – to make artisan bread for the local community. Ingredients are as simple and as good as can be. For most loaves that means just organic flour, water, salt and a raising agent such as yeast or a sour-dough starter. The method involves time, tradition and a bit of wood-firing thrown into the mix to create texture and depth of flavour." A supporter of the Real Bread Campaign"

Green awards and accreditations: Soil Association Organic Standard

TTK comment: "As supplied to our veg box scheme From the Ground Up – and delicious."

Phone: 07786 385 693      

Website: http://www.rubensbakehouse.com/

Email: rubensbakehouse@gmail.com

 

Surbiton Farmers Market
Maple Road, Surbiton KT6 

About us: Roadside market, 9.00 – 1.00, third Saturday of every month - "Organised by the community for the community", most of the foodstuffs on sale are either grown or made locally.

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TTK comment: "A nice selection of products, including some organic, and a friendly neighbourhood atmosphere - Surbiton's anwer to Borough Market!"

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Website: www.mapleroadsurbiton.co.uk

Email: FarmersMarket@MapleRoadSurbiton.co.uk 

 

Waitrose 
Kingston, Surbiton, a national chain

About us: Up-market supermarket – "We care about the environment. We make every effort to reduce our impact on the environment and to promote good environmental practice. Waitrose champions sustainable farming on the Leckford Estate in Hampshire… We aim to minimise the environmental impact of our buildings, by ensuring they are all built responsibly and operate sustainably. More at http://www.johnlewispartnership.co.uk/csr/our-environment.html. Also sell own brand Fairtrade products.

Green awards and accreditations: The Carbon Trust Standard

TTK comment: "Of the large supermarket chains Waitrose has the best reputation for the way it treats its suppliers and is the most likely to stock some local produce. We also like the partnership ethos."

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Website: http://www.johnlewispartnership.co.uk

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SEE ALSO:

Eat Seasonably - useful guidance on eating and growing seasonal fruit and veg.

 
       

EATING AND DRINKING OUT                                    

Canbury Arms
49 Canbury Park Road, Kingston KT2 6LQ

About: "Head chef Ryan Waddell and his team have created a seasonal menu using carefully sourced ingredients from local producers and selected British farms. Our fish is selected from sustainable catches landed in the UK by Richard Murray. ...Vegetables are sourced seasonally from British farms to ensure lower food mileage wherever possible..."

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TTK comment: "Formerly hosting our 'From the Ground Up' collections, The Canbury Arms remains committed to good sustainable food. They've won awards for quality, so it's great to see their attention to local sourcing."

Phone: 020 8255 9129

Website: www.thecanburyarms.com

Email: michael@thecanburyarms.com


Carluccio's
Jerome Place, Charter Quay, Kingston KT1 1HT

About: The Carluccio's chain is a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (www.thesra.org), "a national not-for-profit membership association, providing restaurants with advice and support to help them navigate the whole spectrum of sustainability issues."

Green awards and accreditations: Awarded three-and-a-half stars by fish2fork http://www.fish2fork.com/en-GB/fish-restaurant/UK/carluccios-kingston-charter-quay-2011.aspx 

TTK comment: "We've enjoyed meals at Carluccio's so it's good to know they are at least trying to be sustainable. The Sustainable Restaurant Association encourages diners to cut food waste by asking for doggy-bags - so why not try it?"

Phone: 020 8549 5898

Website: www.carluccios.com

Email: kingston@carluccios.com 

 

Ham House Café
Ham Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-Thames, TW10 7RS

About us: "Enjoy food grown at Ham in our café. Originally built to store summer display plants over the winter, our orangery café is located in the walled kitchen garden. Choose from a wide variety of hot and cold meals, drinks and snacks. The seasonal menu draws on produce harvested daily from our kitchen garden."

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TTK comment: "You do have to pay to get into Ham House grounds, but can't get much fresher or fewer food miles that this cafe! Ham House also has several wild flower meadows, good for wildlife."

Phone: 020 8940 1950

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ham-house/

Email: hamhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

The Lamb
73 Brighton Road,Surbiton KT6 5NF

About us: "We are a community based pub which endeavours to keep people entertained in the local area with a variety of local community based projects and stunts like: Building giant games from scrap and junk Buckaroo, Mousetrap and Hungry Hippos; Community soup-making inviting people to bring their home grown produce to add to a soup and shared among the locals; Various bands and marches through the town centre; Homage de Fromage which is a cheese club supporting British cheeses that are available year round at the bar; Where possible, all our beer is made in the UK; The Seething Community which supports all these events has its head quarters at the pub with regular meetings to find new ways to unite the community.

We have planning permission to cover the roof in solar cells and to sink a rain water harvesting system into the garden. We are also building a modern green extension with green roof and a feature wall made from cob from the clay displaced from the hole made by the rain water harvesting tank. We are slowly changing all our lighting to LED."

Green awards and accreditations: CAMRA award for serving most of our real ale from within 30 miles of the pub

TTK comment: "A good family and local pub, very friendly and a fun place to meet people."

Phone: 020 8390 9229 

Website: http://www.seethingwells.org/Welcome_to_Seething_Home.html and Facebook Lamb Surbiton

Email: adam.lewis@livegroup.co.uk
 

Riverside Vegetaria
64 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HN

About us: "The only vegetarian restaurant in the Kingston area. Our cosmopolitan menu is specialized so that it consists of a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and whea t-free dishes. Despite these distinctive and unique criteria, our ingenious chefs are able to prepare the dishes with minimal amounts of fat, using only extra virgin olive oil…"

Green awards and accreditations: "Britain’s Best Vegetarian Restaurant”, Vegetarian Society; "best ethical vegetarian restaurant in London" (The Jellied Eel and Ethical Eats, 2012)    

TTK comment: "Three cheers for our own vegetarian restaurant - winning London Gold."

Phone: 020 8546 7992 / 0609

Website: http://riversidevegetaria.co.uk

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SEE ALSO

Ethical Eats - a network of London restaurants and catering businesses that care about sustainability.

fish2fork - "the world’s first website to review restaurants according to whether their seafood is sustainable".

RSPCA Restaurant Finder - for restaurants that use cage-free eggs and other higher animal welfare foods.

The Sustainable Restaurant Association - "We help restaurants source food more sustainably, manage resources more efficiently and work more closely with their community. And we help diners identify those restaurants doing the right thing."

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