Run with panache by Andreas Georghiou, this vibrant Chelsea greengrocers is noted for the quality of its produce. Andreas, who made his name supplying restaurants such as The River Café, takes pride in sourcing fruit and vegetables from the finest growers, including Gariguette strawberries from Savéol and Norfolk County asparagus. Service is friendly and helpful.
4 Cale Street, SW3 3QU; 020 7589 5775; www.andreasveg.co.uk
In the heart of Wembley’s Gujarati community, this store (the retail outlet for an importer), supplies a wide range of fresh Indian produce. The scale of stock is impressive: eight varieties of aubergines; drumsticks; tandoori; patra leaves and methi, to name but a few items. A popular seasonal highlight of late-spring and summer is the Indian and Pakistani mangoes – including Alphonso, Kesar, Sindhri – sold in boxes of six or 12 at competitive prices.
111-113 Ealing Road, HA0 4BP; 020 8902 9797; www.fruityfresh.com
Natoora is known for its high-quality fruit and vegetables, sourcing for restaurants including Hibiscus and Dinner. This newly opened Chiswick shop is its first high-street outlet (it already has a website and a partnership with Ocado). Customers are offered impeccably sourced, seasonally varying produce, from Lincolnshire asparagus to fragolina grapes.
35 Turnham Green Terrace; W4 1RG; 020 8742 2999; www.natoora.co.uk
Newington Fruit and Veg
Marked by an eye-catching pavement display of fresh produce, this greengrocers is a local institution – as the seemingly perpetual queue of shoppers testifies. The shop is known for its reasonable prices and fresh produce. Alongside the basics are luxuries such as white asparagus and Jersey Royals and exotics including fresh galangal and rambutans. The choice is impressive: salad ingredients, for example, range from purslane and sorrel to peppercress.
109 Newington Green Road, N1 4QY; 020 7354 0990
Widely known within the trade, wholesaler Tony Booth counts chefs such as Mark Hix among his customers. On Fridays and Saturdays (8am-2pm), Tayshaw (Booth’s family-run business) opens up to the public. On offer is an extensive range of fruit and vegetables, including Catalan calçots, barba di frate and – a house speciality – wild mushrooms. Booth is happy to offer advice as to what something is and how to cook it.
60 Druid Street, SE1 2EZ; 020 7378 8666
Jenny Linford is author of ‘Food Lovers’ London’ (Metro Guides, £12.99)