BY PALOMA LACY
Is it barbecue season yet?
With the weather as changeable as ever, no one is quite sure so plan one, cook while holding an umbrella and if the rain really doesn’t hold off, then eat inside.
South London dwellers are spoiled when it comes to accessing some of the country’s finest meats.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best meat boxes around.
Borough Market is on the doorstep and mid-week it’s usually quiet enough to dart in, source ingredients and head out again.
Weekends can be a different matter but the crowds are easily avoided with the great online service, bringing together the best Borough Market has to offer in one virtual retail space for next day delivery.
Borough Market Meat Box (small) costs £44 but is anything but small.
It pretty much contains all the barbecue favourites, including: 6 x Lincolnshire sausages, 2 x beef rump steaks (270g each), and back bacon rashers x 8 – all from Northfield Farm Butchery.
Also included – chicken thighs x 4 from Wyndham House Poultry.
And if you want to add general groceries, there’s an option to add Ted’s Veg and Stark’s Fruit & Veg.
All boxes can be purchased as a one off or on subscription.
Go to www.goodsixty.co.uk
Next up comes from London’s most famous meat market – Tom Hixson of Smithfield.
Tom’s BBQ Essentials Box – £40 – everything you could want for a full on barbecue feast.
It contains 8 x succulent marrow dry-aged steak burgers, 18 x traditional meaty pork sausages and baby back pork ribs, all sourced from the very best producers.
The star of this particular show was the sausages – meaty, juicy and intensely porky in flavour but best of all, they didn’t taste fatty.
Provenance Village Butcher recently started a same day barbecue service in London.
Not only does the all-new collection include classic cuts of the highest quality and exceptional pre-marinated meats from the butcher’s executive chef, but also exciting side dishes, curated packages for impromptu park barbecue and camping trips, and a series of monthly bundles, which celebrate flavours from around the world.
All that’s left to do is fire up the portable grill and pour a ready-to-drink cocktail, both of which are available to purchase from PVB and can be delivered the very same day.
There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you’re feeding someone else as you feed yourself.
Order a pizza from Share A Slice and that’s precisely what you’ll be doing.
For each pizza purchased at their Pop Brixton branch, Share A Slice donates one to those in need via their charity partners and weekly food drives.
These guys are sharing the love and very good Neopolitan pizza while they are at it.
What’s particularly heart-warming is the business was established as a result of a conversation, about the lack of hot food available to the homeless community, between the founders and a homeless man outside a Tube station.
Raj and Sandeep took themselves off to Naples to learn how to make the best pizza and insist on only using ingredients imported from Italy.
The result of their hard work is a rather nice looking menu, including calzone stuffed with ricotta, black pepper, fior di latte mozzarella and salami, topped with San Marzano tomatoes.
There’s also the vegan – including mozzarella and pesto suitable for those who follow a plant-based diet.
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