I am a great believer that for optimal learning you need to be careful about what that you eat. A balanced diet is very important. Check out our old post about brain foods here.
In general, I do my best to eat with the seasons. Where possible, I buy free range, organic and locally sourced produce. These are my favourite places around Notting Hill, Holland Park and Ladbroke Grove to buy groceries.
Provenance is a New Zealand company with a friendly bunch of butchers working in the Notting Hill branch. The shop is immaculate, everything looks appetising and the guys are absolutely passionate about what they do. They are very knowledgeable and are always ready to offer great tips on how to cook your meat, they even run courses. The meat is well bred, grass fed and the farms they get supplies from are carefully selected. They can also deliver to your home.
Lidgate is a 150-year-old business and it is clear why they are still thriving today. They have a huge selection of meat. In addition, they sell other products like eggs, cheese, sides and cakes. Our favourites are the apple sausages and chicken burgers. At the moment they have a special summer selection of barbeque products. They offer free delivery to many West London Post codes.
G Piper and Son (Fish stall outside of Tesco Portobello Road)
It always puts me off when I go to a fishmonger that smells strongly of fish, but the fish at this stall is so fresh that it doesn't smell at all. They run out of fish towards the end of the day so go early to avoid disappointment. Tasty, fresh and affordable.
Although the fish here is little on the pricy side, everything at Kensington Place Fish Shop is delicious – a real treat. All fish and seafood is sourced from the British coast and used in the main restaurant next door.
Fruits, vegetables and other groceries
After a few visits you’ll start to recognise the faces coming here week in, week out. The earlier you go, the better. Expect unpasteurised milk, bread, meat, herbs, salads, fresh fruit and vegetables, pastas, pesto, honey…Every Saturday 9am-1pm.
There is a stall on the market that only has organic vegetables. Unlike the other stalls that sell all fruit and veg all year round, this stall only has seasonal produce - which I think is great. The produce is from the UK, and the gentleman manning the stall knows his stuff.
Portobello Wholefoods has been around longer than I can remember. They have everything a vegetarian or vegan might need to fill your pantry. You can pick up toiletries, teas, grains, dried fruit, supplements and some fresh produce.
Daylesford is an organic farm in Gloucestershire. Their Notting Hill shop is a one-stop-shop for everything you may need for your kitchen and home. Everything is beautifully presented and stylishly packaged. They also have a lovely restaurant perfect for coffee with friends or dinner that will make you feel happy and wholesome. Clean, stylish, elegant.