British Food Fortnight started on 17 September and runs through to Saturday 2 October and coincides with the Harvest Festival and is the biggest annual, national celebration of British food and drink.
British Food Fortnight was established after the Foot and Mouth crisis to help revitalise the industry and create a flagship event to bring British food and drink back to the public’s attention.
Since it began in 2002, British Food Fortnight has helped those in the industry create events and promote the benefits of buying and eating food produced in Britain.
Every year lots of British businesses and organisations take part, including the public sector through schools and hospitals. Iconic British institutions such as the BBC, Wembley Stadium, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Harrods are just a few of the famous names that have added their support.
In the first of two parts, we look at some of the iconic British culinary delights in London that celebrate the best of British food and highlight fantastic new homes that are part of new developments on the doorstep of areas and places that sell some of the most famous British food.
Harvard Gardens, Elephant & Castle by L&Q
Why good for food: Best for food markets - Southwark is a bustling community, with a thriving mix of cultures and people and this glorious medley is best reflected in the area’s vibrant culinary scene.
Elephant and Castle, the borough’s regeneration hotspot, is a prime example of excellent food options, with a profusion of ethnic supermarkets, cafés and restaurants.
The East Street Market started in 1880 and today comes to life on Sundays with over 250 stalls filled with a wide range of goods especially African and Caribbean fruit and vegetables. The Market has been running for over 150 years and used to attract the likes of Charlie Chaplin in his youth.
Cathy Lloyd, Sales and Marketing Director at L&Q said: “Londoners are really passionate about their food, whether they are cooking at home, or eating out, and always keen to try new exotic flavours. A home at Harvard Gardens gives residents the chance to experience an exciting array of superb cuisines from around the world, without ever being too far from home.”
Development details: Harvard Gardens is a contemporary collection of properties, comprising one, two and three bedroom apartments, and four bedroom duplexes that are perfect for a range of buyers from first timers to second steppers and people with growing families.
All of the properties at Harvard Gardens enjoy a high quality, contemporary specification, including fully fitted kitchens and modern bathroom suites. The spacious, open-plan homes have been created to maximise light, with full-height access to a private balcony or terrace.
Development price and contact details: Prices for a one bedroom apartment at Harvard Gardens start from £107,500 based on a 25% share of the full market value of £430,000. For more information visit www.harvard-gardens.co.uk or call 0333 003 3640.
Horizon Tower, Poplar, E14 by Notting Hill Sales
Why good for food: Best for Fish fans – Billingsgate Fish Market, the largest inland fish market is close to this development. The market offers the largest selection of fish in the UK with daily arrivals from the coast. Residents can choose from the best fresh supplies of over 40 merchants.
Development details: Horizons Tower development in Poplar, E14, offering a selection of brand new stylish Shared Ownership homes, part of a new Docklands landmark - a 25-storey residential building set to enhance the waterside skyline, located next to the Poplar Dock Marina.
As with other East London hotspots, buyers are attracted to the urban-chic of Horizons Tower because of its walkable proximity to the City, enviable range of amenities, and central London transport links, making it ideal for young professionals looking to take their first step on the property ladder, as well as couples and growing families looking to reap the rewards of east-end living.
Development price and contact details: Prices for a one bedroom apartment at Horizons Tower start at £151,000 for a 40% share of £377,500; from £205,000 for a 40% of a two-bedroom apartment priced at £512,500; and from £236,000 for a 40% of a three-bedroom apartment priced at £590,000. Find out more about developments from Notting Hill Housing
Titanium Point, Bethnal Green by Guinness Homes
Why good for food: Best for Pie, Mash & Jellied Eels Pie & Mash is a traditional London staple originating in East London. One of the oldest restaurants is G Kelly’s in Bethnal Green Road that was first opened in 1915 by Samuel Kelly.
Most pie shops were ran by families handed through the generations. In the 1950s the Bethnal Green store, still open today is run by another family.
It’s not just the East End where jellied eels are served and are popular. Elephant and Castle’s family run, Arments Pie & Mash shop has been serving jellied and stewed eels since 1890.
Development details: Tucked away along the tranquil Regents Canal, these modern apartments off Palmers Road, offer chic, urban living with panoramic views across the city and of nearby Millennium Park, Victoria Park and the newly opened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – so there is lots of green space around to enjoy too, away from the comfort of your balcony.
Bethnal Green is a bustling environment offering a wealth of cultural leisure facilities including a lively mix of cutting-edge creativity and that unique East End charm. The homes at Titanium Point are just 15 minutes’ walk from both Bethnal Green and Mile End underground stations, with tubes into Liverpool Street taking only six minutes.
Development price and contact details: Two bedroom apartments at Titanium Point start from £570,000 with three-bedroom homes from £795,000 at Titanium Point. Help to Buy is available on selected properties. For more information, visit www.guinnesshomes.co.uk or call 0300 456 0522
Le Mare Terrace, St Paul’s Square, Bow by Countryside
Why good for food: Best for a chicken curry - The Great British curry is hot! There are more than 10,000 curry houses in the UK. While there are concerns there is a shortage of curry chefs in Britain at present, Brits still enjoy this cuisine with chicken tikka being a firm favourite.
Countryside’s St Paul’s Square is an exciting development of one, two, three and four bedroom apartments located in Bow E3. Close by is the vibrant hub of Brick Lane, famous for its wide selection of curry houses, galleries and regular festivals to enjoy.
Development details: The latest release at St Paul’s Square, Le Mare Terrace features a range of one and two bedroom apartments, with an elegant finish. Offering an open plan kitchen, living and dining area, there is a large amount of space for entertaining guests. Large windows and direct access to a generous corner terrace, the La Mare Terrace apartments boast views over London and is entirely flooded with light.
Development price and contact details: Prices from £432,000. Selected properties are available with the London Help to Buy Scheme. For more information call 0207 538 8264, or visit www.countryside-properties.com