Where to source fine wines and top quality ingredients
Fine food needs nothing more than fine ingredients, in our book and in our opinion the only enhancement would be a glass of something special. There are many top-quality local producers who are stocked in delis and farm shops and who make regular appearances at the weekly farmers markets.
This occasional feature for Real Plymouth is our selection of our favourite local produce – and where to buy it!
The Cheese Shed, Bovey Tracey
As its website clearly says, this is the place for cheese, and only cheese! Working with small and artisan producers across Devon and Cornwall, there is no shop or premises to visit, so everything is ordered online.
For a fabulous end to a dinner party we would order the Cheese Selection Box. And had we not already been married a decade or so, we would definitely be having a cheese Wedding Cake in place of the sweet variety we served!
Cheese selection box www.thecheeseshed.com/
Le Vignoble, Plymouth
Not just a wine lounge, this independent merchant is a fabulous alternative to a national delivery service. 36 wines are selected every month to be available by the glass, and several different tapas plates can be ordered. For mail order www.levignoble.co.uk
Devon charcuterie: The Insalting Pig
The Insalting Pig was set up by chef Charlotte Hill in her cottage kitchen at her home in Milton Abbot. All of the meats are sourced from farms just a few miles away and this is a local business at its earliest stage.
Charlotte aims to produce charcuteries that rival that of the continent and you can find her (and some delicious samples!) at Totnes, Tavistock and Kingsbridge farmers markets. www.theinsaltingpig.com
South Devon Chilli Farm
If you really love chillis, or you know someone who does, then this is the place by you! Jamie Oliver, Nathan Outlaw and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are all fans and the chillis are also available as chocolates, sauces and relishes, as well as seeds and plants. Orders are sent the next working day. www.southdevonchillifarm.co.uk