Ruby Bell, Founder of frozen food delivery service byRuby, is on a mission to make our busy lives that little bit less hectic. Her homemade frozen meals are the answer to those evenings when you don’t want to cook from scratch because you’re just.too.tired but you know you shouldn’t have another dinner of crisps. Trained at Leith’s and using British produce wherever possible and only sustainable-certified fish and free-range, RSPCA-approved meat, Ruby is making meals that are easy to prepare, will keep for months and taste great too. Oh and packaging is eco-friendly. Ideal. Always on the look out for great products to use in her cooking, we caught up with Ruby to find out her favourite delis in London.
This place is great for essentials on the way home. It is filled with some of the best foodie offerings around. It is brimming with artisanal produce from local suppliers including Portobello Brewery, London Cru Wines and So Choux macarons from just up the road. They also have their own home range of products made in-store and boasts a selection of bread, pastries, salads, sandwiches and more! They also make delicious pizzas so if it’s been a long day this is the perfect stop off for a quick and tasty supper.
Where: 77 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, W6 8JA
This is a gorgeous deli that has several stores across South West London and takes pride in delivering superb quality, knowledge and provenance across all of their 6 locations. I can’t resist their fantastic British produced cheese & charcuterie which is always beautifully presented. It makes the perfect grab and go if friends are coming over for a glass or two of wine – the cheese biscuits are addictive!
Where: Various Locations
Andreas has always had the most beautiful seasonal produce. He sources all of it from the UK and abroad and finds the best fruit and vegetables around. He has a firm following of foodie friends including Nigella Lawson, Gizzi Erskine and Gordon Ramsay who sing his praises. It’s a fabulous place if you’re looking to find those extra special ingredients like truffles – he’s got the best in town.
Where: 4 Cale Street, Chelsea, SW3 3QU
This is an iconic Italian Delicatessen and now Pasta restaurant in Soho. Established in 1944 this place has tons of character and aims to offer customers the very best that Italy has to offer from fresh pasta, cured meats, cheeses and anti-pasta. The name Lina was taken from the original founder, a lady called “Lina” from Genova. There are always such friendly and knowledgeable staff behind the counter which makes a real difference. Their fresh pasta is to die for and I’m a big fan of their Salumi selection.
Where: 18 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 0SH
Opened in 1984 Finns is a great British deli, one of the first established in London. Almost everything is made on site with the best ingredients. Pop in for a last-minute dinner for 2 or organise your canapé party with the friendly staff. Run by two fantastic women, you can really feel the love and care that goes into everything they do. The food is traditional English but with a modern twist and is a testament to the area, all the locals are regulars.
Where: 4 Elystan Street, Chelsea, SW3 3NS