Image above: Manor Springs, speciality food shop, 286 Chiswick High Rd
We are delighted that Manor Springs is joining our Club Card scheme. The shop at 286 Chiswick High Rd is a specialist food store selling artisan groceries and provisions, craft beers, fine wine and eco-friendly household product refills.
The manager Miranda has dealt in speciality foods for nearly 20 years and favours small independent producers, a lot of whom she has visited personally to see the products made.
“People who really know their food tend to come to us” she told me. “A lot of the products we sell are not available elsewhere on the high street.”
You will find hummus make in Leyton, Heart and Soul’s crunchy peanut butter, made in Hackney, which does not use palm oil; Origin Kitchen’s cashew based spreads – creamed cashew basil pesto / creamed cashew sundried tomato, creamed cashew mushroom & dill, rich, nutritious and a sustainable alternative to dairy – “their products are outstanding” she says.
She stocks a huge range of chillies – Kashmiri, Punjabi, Sannam, Urfa – one that Yotam Ottolenghi uses a lot – all sorts of olives and wine from very small vineyards in France.
Manor Springs is an independent store, she says “with a very close relationship Hatton Hill Organic, who provide our herbs and spices.”
Speciality products are Miranda’s speciality, having run many such food stores over the years in east London. She seeks out produce like baobab jam, made by Eliza Jones. whose company Chosan brings the fruits and flavours of West Africa to the UK.
She has a variety of speciality coffees and teas, including ‘Nude espresso’, roasted in Brick Lane and the fabulously named ‘Perky Blenders’ from Waltham Forest.
She has been stocking craft beers Kernel and The Signature Brew since when they first started. She also stocks Club-Mate – as in Mate, a century-old plant from the jungle in South America – a soft drink made in Germany. Some Club-Mate bottles include the slogan “man gewöhnt sich daran” which roughly translates into a challenge to the drinker of “one gets used to it.”
If you are interested in widening your food shopping horizons with some ethically sourced, quality foods and you like to know a bit about when your food comes from, check them out. And don’t forget to take your Club Card. Miranda is offering The Chiswick Calendar’s Club Card holders a 10% discount on all purchases until the end of February.
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