Hen Corner

Sara Ward and her family have transformed their West London Victorian terraced house into an urban smallholding, allowing them to have the best of both worlds - city and country. They are living the good life complete with 20 hens, two colonies of honey bees, a fruitful kitchen garden and a micro bakery making 30-40 loaves of bread each Friday along with hundreds of sticky buns, cakes and savoury treats. Whilst Sara and the family continue to expand their hands-on skills, they train and encourage others through their schools programmes and series of courses run throughout the year. Be it jam making, wood carving, bee keeping or bread baking, there’s always something new to learn at Hen Corner.

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Tell us about yourself and your business

We are Hen Corner. We love the bee keepers, the veggie bed diggers, the jam makers and cider drinkers, the chicken fanciers and the real bread bakers. But not just in the deepest darkest countryside or the far, far away villages but right here in our cities and towns.

Many city dwellers and townspeople dream of a life in the country but feel tied to urban life for jobs, schools, family and convienience. My family and I truly have the best of both worlds in our cultivated corner of West London, living and working our urban smallholding. Whilst we enjoy the good life, we are  always keen to share it with others through our courses, schools work and bakery.

What did you do before starting this business

I worked for a local charity.

What were the main motivations for starting your business

As a family we were trying to live more sustainably and others expressed an interest to find out more, so we started running courses.

Whilst we bake bread for our family, harvest honey from our bees, gather eggs and make chutney we sell our spare produce to our local community.

What is your inspiration for what you do

It's so important to know where our food comes from. Everything we eat used to be alive, be that plant or animal, so being able to trace the products back to their origins gives us confidence for our health, our environment and our farmers.

What do you love most about what you do

Meeting lots of people and them enjoying what I've made.

What advice would you give to a new trader starting out

Offer samples, let people taste how good your food is. Know your story well so that you can tell it easily.

Do you have any links to Ealing

I'm a member of the Ealing & District Bee Keeping Association

Where's your favourite place to eat in London

The Griffin, Brentford

Sweet or savoury

Both

What's your essential dinner party ingredient

Wine

Where do you source your materials from and is this important to you

We use ethically sourced ingredients, organic where possible (our flour is from Shipton Mill in Gloucestershire), eggs are free range, sugar is British or FairTrade. We need to know where it's all come from and how it's production has impacted the animals & workers involved.

Where do you get inspiration for new products from

Amazing food is often the sum of three distinct ingredients, getting your base right is a winning formula.
Bread, Tomatoes, Cheese
Meringue, Raspberries, Chocolate
Cinnamon, sugar, butter

What's more important to you - colour or texture

Texture

 

July's W5 Food Market will be buzzing with information about honey, bee keeping and how we can help to protect the bee population in our community. Sara Ward of Hen Corner joins us with her bee keeping gear, to demonstrate how bees make honey, and how bee keepers later access it for our enjoyment. Sara will have honey available for tastings and buying, and will have kids' sized bee keepers uniforms on hand. So bring your little ones along to suit up and make like Winnie the Pooh!

 

Are you a trader? We have a number of events and markets throughout the year and are always on the look-out for exciting new traders to join our family. If you would like to be an Eat Me Drink Me trader please take a look at our Trader page.

Cheese Fest 2017

June 11th saw the first ever W5 Food Market: Cheese Fest come to the streets of Ealing. An official event in the Evening Standard London Food Month, our monthly Sunday food market got cheesy for the day.

A glorious day was had by all at our inaugural Cheese Fest. Many thanks to everyone who came along to participate in the Cheese Cup tasting, and to our lovely traders who pulled out all the stops to make it a fabulous day.

It was stiff competition for best cheese, but in the end it was Capo Caccia's pecorino blue cheese 'Ovinforth' who narrowly pipped Andaluz's rosemary manchego 'Flor de Romero'. Special thanks to Ealing's own Abbotshill Wine Bar for a lovely place to relax at the market, and to Northfield's LoveHandmade who provided the winners' cheese board prizes.

Sfornato

Sfornato pizzanos are something totally new to the London foodie scene. They are wood-fired pizza-sandwiches, with fillings like mozzarella fior di latte, basil, tomato sauce and extra-virgin olive oil, or pulled rosemary chicken, balsamic caramelised onions, bacon, and tomato sauce. There's also something for the sweet-toothed, such as sliced wood-fired bananas and melting chocolate sauce. Owner David is French but being passionate about pizza, travelled to Italy to learn more about the craft of making pizzas. He discovered a dish called "panuozzo", and taking inspiration from that, he created the pizzanos. His ingredients are sourced locally where possible, from Italy where necessary, and packaging is eco-friendly.

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Tell us about yourself and your business

I am a French citizen who has been living in London for the last 3 years... I am passionate about food and travels! I have been to Italy multiple times and fell in love with the food over there which is why I dedicated quite a big time of my life in learning how to cook proper Italian food!

Sfornato serves artisanal quality pizzanos that could be described as pizza-sandwiches cooked at lightning fast speed in a wood-fired oven and filled with savoury or sweet ingredients depending on the season and creativity of our bakers.

What did you do before starting this business

I ran a restaurant back in France about 8 years ago. Then I went to Asia (Hong Kong) where I worked in the event industry and helped charities to raise funds. Then I travelled across Asia for almost a year before relocating to London where I pursued my career in the charity industry up until today.

What were the main motivations for starting your business

I have always had a dream to be self-employed, to realise a vision and hopefully to give to people what I expect when visiting a business - great product and customer service at a fair price!

Since I always love cooking, starting a food van business seemed like the natural 'next-step'.

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What is your inspiration for what you do

Some traders/pizza specialists all over the world are doing great things and I keep looking at them for inspiration and new ideas.

My past travels are also a great source of inspiration and I will try to take advantage of this experience by offering (from times to times) original recipes!

What do you love most about what you do

I love cooking, I love sharing and discussing with customers especially since people are always curious when it comes to food. And it's really great to be away from an office. Ultimately, I like to have these 2 jobs at the same time, working on realising my dream with the van whilst continuing my activities in the charity industry. It's really fulfilling!

What advice would you give to a new trader starting out

Be different, love your food, love cooking and love people because at the end of the day, it's all about serving them and making sure that they're enjoying your food!

Do you have any links to Ealing

I am a happy Ealing resident!

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Where's your favourite place to eat in London

it's hard to pick just one place really... well friends/family come over for a visit, I'd say that I like to go to Richmond and find a nice spot by the Thames for a lunch outside... there is a German place there which is quite a good place for a beer and some Wiener Schitzels! Reminds me of my trips in Germany and Austria. Again, it's all about food AND travel memories!

Sweet or savoury

Savoury, every day!

What's your essential dinner party ingredient

Pasta? Probably!

 

Are you a trader? We have a number of events and markets throughout the year and are always on the look-out for exciting new traders to join our family. If you would like to be an Eat Me Drink Me trader please take a look at our Trader page.

Capo Caccia Fine Food

Capo Caccia Fine Food bring a taste of Sardinia to London with their unique range of charcuterie and cheese sourced directly from Sardinian producers. Firm favourites include Pecorino Sardo; Pane Carasau –traditional Sardinian flatbread; gluten and lactose-free salami seasoned with fennel, myrtle leaves and sun dried chilli; and more unusual items such as Bottarga, a wonderful dried fish roe known as Sardinian caviar, which can be added to pasta or shaved directly onto vegetables for your next dinner party.

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Tell us about yourself and your business

I started Capo Caccia in 2012 so that I could bring my love of traditional Sardinian food to London. We regularly travel throughout Sardinia meeting cheese producers, butchers and farmers and sourcing the finest regional staples to bring a unique range of charcuterie and cheese to London.

We sell the finest Pecorino cheese, Ricotta Mustia, a smoked dried Ricotta alongside Pane Carasau, a traditional Sardinian flatbread. We often sell out of our popular range of gluten and lactose-free salami seasoned with fennel, myrtle leaves and sun dried chilli and marinated in red and white wine.

Another hit with meat lovers is Mustela, a traditional southern Sardinian cured pork loin, and Bottarga, a wonderful fish roe known as Sardinian caviar that can be added to pasta or shaved directly on to vegetables as a starter.

Another tasty delight is Malloredus gnocchi, tiny dumplings with an elongated, elegant conch shape and Fregola, semolina dough that has been rolled into fine balls and toasted in an oven.
You’ll find us across London at the finest food markets and you can also find our charcuterie and cheese at restaurants and food shops in the Capital.

We’re passionate about the amazing food that comes from Sardinia and it’s a pleasure to be able to share our passion with you and work with small, artisan producers to bring a taste of Sardinia to London.

What did you do before starting this business

Since I moved to London 15 years ago, I've been working in the fine food business. I started selling Sardinian products at Borough Market for 3 years and I worked for other Italian fine food importer like Guidetti fine food and Ham&Cheese Co. In Italy I was an agronomist working with farmers and I did a PHD in climate change. I started my own business 5 years ago with the objective to import the finest food from Sardinia to London, working very closely with my producers and farmers, supporting them and the Sardinian culture.

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What were the main motivations for starting your business

As I said before, since I moved to London, I had the idea to import Sardinian products. I'd been working with producers and farmers in Sardinia and I saw a good potential and an amazing range of products and solid family business with a great background, story and produce. I specialise in Sardinian products because I would like to tell the story of Sardinia through its products. Every area or town has its own bread, recipe or cheese that tell you about the place, the people and the traditions.

What is your inspiration for what you do

After 15 years I still get excited when I receive the delivery from Sardinia and I can't wait to be at the market to talk about the new products with my customers.  I've discovered new products, farms and places in Sardinia and I've also started to bring my clients to Sardinia to meet the producers. I'm still inspired by my homeland and I'm proud to support it!

What do you love most about what you do

Finding new products, bringing them to London and trying them with my customers.

What advice would you give to a new trader starting out

Have in mind a clear idea of what you would like to sell and why you would like to sell it. Think where you want to be with your products in few years time. On top of that, Passion and Love for your own business.

Do you have any links to Ealing

A few good friends living there.

Where do you source your materials from and is this important to you

Sardinia

Where do you get inspiration for new products from

I do a lots of research and I speak a lot with my producers. I meet new products and I visit Sardinia at least twice a year, looking for new products and trying new menu and restaurants.

What's more important to you colour or texture

Texture and colour

Where's your favourite place to eat in London

Anchor and Hope Waterloo
Platform 1 East Dulwich
Mamma Dough Peckham
Patron Kentish town

Sweet or savoury

Savoury

What's your essential dinner party ingredient

Sharing platter with cheese and salami, good wine, craft beer

 

Capo Caccia are taking part in the W5 Food Market: Cheese Fest.

An official event in the Evening Standard London Food Month, Eat Me Drink Me’s monthly Sunday food market is ramping up the excitement with an event worshipping cheese. 

Find out more

Are you a trader? We have a number of events and markets throughout the year and are always on the look-out for exciting new traders to join our family. If you would like to be an Eat Me Drink Me trader please take a look at our Trader page.

A-Z of London Food Month

The W5 Food Market: Cheese Fest has been mentioned in the Evening Standard's A-Z of London Food Month - C is for cheese! Join us on the 11th June for a cheesetastic day of cheese-centric street food traders, cheese traders from around the world plus your essential cheese board accompaniments, pop-up bars, kids’ crafts, live music and a chance to vote for your favourite cheese in the inaugural Cheese Cup.

Ealing Bites: Spring line-up

Eat Me Drink Me has released the Spring line-up for their Ealing Bites talks at the W5 Food Market, and there’s something on offer for everyone: from hens to rum and from baking tips to get-fit tips.

We’re looking forward to the April 9 market, when our resident bread vendor Desi Baker Boy will be discussing ‘Baking Speciality Breads at Home’, whilst new to the W5 Food Market Rum Cask will enlighten us to some of the history of rum, including its background with the Navy, and the meaning of ‘Gunpowder Proof’. Rum Cask will also host the bar at the April market, delighting us with their collection of cocktails all featuring rum.

Desi Baker Boy

Desi Baker Boy

Rum Cask

Rum Cask

May will bring Hen Corner’s Sara Ward, who will introduce us to her chickens and discuss urban smallholdings. The May bar will be hosted by London’s newest independent beer brand, Ealing native Long Arm Brewing Co., and we can’t wait to try one of their four unique brews. Head brewer Guillermo Alvarez will also be on hand to talk about the brewing process and answer any questions.

The W5 Food Market brings speciality produce and gourmet street food to the centre of Ealing every second Sunday of the month. In addition to hard-to-find buys and unusual treats, the market offers food and fitness talks, tastings, live music, a pop up bar and free kids’ crafts.

Ealing Bites is a series of talks about food, nutrition, cooking and health taking place at Eat Me Drink Me’s W5 Food Market. Each month, a selection of our regular traders or visiting experts share their specialist knowledge, offering Ealing area shoppers an opportunity to learn about specialist foods and be inspired in their cooking.