We rather like this new arrival in North Yard, the more chilled part of Camden Market, which has opened right alongside Sri Lankan café Pamban and the always ace Cheese Bar.
Camden Grocer occupies a scrubbed-up warehouse conversion and comprises bakery (we can vouch for the sourdough), luxury deli, bar and off-licence, all very stylishly laid out. A cafe with substantial seating sells posh sarnies, but expect risottos, pastas and soups soon.
As you can see from our image above, it’s fronted by an experienced blokey trio: Alec Paterson (formerly Gelupo Ice Creams), Matthew Bunch (Paxton and Whitfield) and Scott Winston (Harvey Nichols).
All three, we imagine, must have racked up some mighty contacts over the years to create the array of cheese, charcuterie and cured meat on display (even the ancient office pooch was salivating). And like all good start-ups, they’re already rolling out the concept across the capital (we’ve heard Holborn is next).
So for an end-of-Jan (yaaas!) treat it’s worth stopping by this weekend; if you arrive by the northernmost Stables Market entrance (as we always do), you can swerve the tourists, too. You’re welcome.
Main image: Adrian Lourie