The Best Delis
When we're feeling particularly middle class we like to stand over a deli counter, stroking our chins and saying things like 'ooh' and 'aah' and 'that looks nice'. And that's primarily because food always looks so good at delis, and with good reason. They're the kings of championing independent suppliers, and you can definitely taste all that love and care in a lot of the produce.
La Fromagerie
30 Highbury Park, London, N5 2AA
Even the smell of this place makes us want to head straight in to devour big hunks of cheese. This one's the closest La Fromagerie to us (there's another in Maryelbone) so it gets most of our attention, and it's the original so it's the best anyway. Loads of restaurants serve their cheeses nowadays, and if it's good enough for them, it's definitely good enough for us.
Daylesford Organic
208-212 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London, W11 2RH
This deli-cum-restaurant has a hilariously pretentious ethos to it, but you can't argue with the quality of the goods - they produce everything themselves and it shows. If you're that 'worthy' then you'll probably know what you're doing - which they clearly do. Their fruit and veg is particularly good.
Our rating
***--
Whole Foods Cafe
32-40 Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0LU
The fact that this is a huge American corporate enterprise goes against everything that's good about delicatessens, but at least these guys actually seem to care about what they're selling. It's a bit of a rip off, mind, but if you're feeling flush then there are some great bits and bobs that you can't get anywhere else.
User rating
***--
1 review
Foxcroft and Ginger
3 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0DR
The cooking and coffee at this Soho favourite are both well worth checking out but if you're looking for some very impressive deli bits then few can match the produce it gets from all over the world. And if it's not in, just ask - they can usually find it.
Our rating
*****
Trinity Stores
5-6 Balham Station Road, London, SW12 9SG
Luckily for Balham folk, they have two great delis nearby, with Trinity Stores slugging it out with the Fat Delicatessen for their custom. There's little between them to be honest, but Trinity does have a larger range of bits and bobs for you to get your teeth into, so please feel free to do so.
Our rating
****-
User rating
****-
8 reviews
Lina Stores
18 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 0SH
Great if you're in the centre of town, especially so if you like Italian produce. They do Parma ham that's worth the trip alone, as well as a fantastic range of breads, pastas and oils. It's a bit tight in there though, but that's because the food takes precedence. Just as it should.
Our rating
****-
User rating
**---
4 reviews

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