On a recent visit to Borough Market in London to take photographs of food on sale for the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition I discovered this delightful little stall manned by a charming young man, Alfred. The stall had a wide selection of cured meats which instantly made me think of my other half. I myself am not particularly into cured meats, but I did sample some of his wild venison, which even to my fussy tastes found to be quite delightful. I was surprised at the subtle flavour of the meat while the texture was so soft it just melted in my mouth. I promptly bought some to take home with me.
Having done a little research on the company I have found them to be in great support of British farming with ethical and sustainable produce. If you ask them they can even tell where the animals have been raised and sometimes even down to the field and farm they came from. It just goes to show that you don’t need to import from the continent, when excellent quality cured meats can be produced right here in Britain.
Cured meats is not all the British Charcuterie have to offer, they also have a whole range of cheese, wine, beer and cider. They also have a restaurant called Salon which is based in Brixton, I intent to visit there for dinner soon.
Just in case you are thinking that all of this high quality ethical produce must be expensive as hell I can assure you it is not. British Charcuterie are currently running a great 3 for £10 offer on their cured meats choosing from Chorizo, wild boar salami, air-dried alpaca, wild venison chilli Chorizo, Cornish beef and venison bresaola, cold-smoked mutton from Dorset, Welsh air-dried ham, Suffolk salami and lots more. So the next time you visit Borough market make sure you check their stall out, and if you are not in London check out their website: www.cannonandcannon.com