Quite often we dream about the fresh pasta we indulged in during a date at the local Italian. Or wish we could prepare a tapas board as good as the one we enjoyed in the summer holidaying in Barcelona. Fortunately for Londoners, many of our favourite authentic restaurants now include accompanying shops and delicatessens that allow us to recreate the meals they serve us at home. These products also serve as great gift ideas for friends and family, perhaps the ones who couldn’t make the dinner or the holiday, but nevertheless deserve to taste the products. So, here is our guide to London’s very best restaurants with shops.
Restaurants with Top Shops in London
24th January 2024
It’s time to blend food fanatics and shopping addicts with SPHERE’S edit of London’s best restaurants with shops. From handmade Italian pasta to pre-packed goodies, these shops offer everything for you to recreate your favourite dishes at home.
Lina Stores - Best for Italian Products
The delicatessen that lays in the heart of Soho has sold authentic Italian produce since 1944. Lina Stores restaurants span across Marylebone, King’s Cross, and Clapham (to name a few) and are described as extensions of the delicatessen. The menu takes influence from the fresh pasta and produce that can be purchased from the delicatessen, with shoppers transported to the streets of Italy. Products include homemade pasta and fresh sauces, paninis, cured meats, and cheeses. For the anxious cooks, the delicatessen offers simple meal kits that help you cook hearty Italian meals, such as Artichoke and Truffle Ravioli or ‘Nduja and Scamorza Ravioli, from the comfort of your home. All ingredients are imported from Italy, offering customers a rich and tasteful experience to sourcing authentic produce when shopping. There are no issues for the homebodies as Lina Stores most sought-after products are also stocked online and available for nationwide delivery.
Located at 18 Brewer St Soho, London W1F 0SH.
Sally Clarke - Best for your Pantry
For pantry enthusiasts who enjoy meticulously ordering jars of sweet and savoury treats, Sally Clarke is worth a visit. The original restaurant now includes two retail shops located in Kensington. Both shops include everything from baked goods, waiting to be enjoyed at a tea party, to soups, salads, and sandwiches for those on the go looking for a quick pit stop for lunch. Clarke’s unmissable classics include hand-dipped dark chocolate truffles and the bestselling chicken, mushroom, and leek pie. The shop promises to fill your pantry with onion marmalades, pear and lavender jams, and irresistible shortbread biscuits.
Brindisa - Best for Spanish Products
For those missing a bit of sun during London’s dreary winter, Brindisa in Borough Market offers a taste of Spanish sunshine. Since 1998, Brindisa has provided shoppers with the essentials to build their own charcuterie boards. The shop stocks hand carved Ibèrico and Serrano hams, Spanish cheeses, olives, and award-winning tinned fish. Served straight from the grill, Brindisa makes their world-famous chorizo rolls outside their shop. What’s better than devouring warm ciabatta and spicy chorizo while shopping. Next time you’re at Borough Market, take a slice of Spain home with you.
Ottolenghi - Best for the Colourful Food Lovers
If you can’t decide between Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cuisine, Ottolenghi delis provide the perfect fusion of the two. Found in Chelsea, Notting Hill and Marylebone, the delis offer seasonal salads. Popular choices include aubergine mixes infused with tahini and za’atar. For those with a sweet tooth, baked goods are available, with pastries sat in the window waiting to be devoured. The colourful foods and seasonings can also be purchased as gifts, with packed products and jars making gift giving easy. Share the vibrancy of Ottolenghi with your loved ones.
St. JOHN Bakery - Best for Doughnuts
For all London doughnut lovers, why not try one that has a Michelin star. The bakery is part of the St. JOHN Restaurant group and can be found in Covent Garden and Druid Street. This bakery stocks world famous fluffy doughnuts, with fillings such as vanilla custard and raspberry jam proving to be too irresistible to refuse. Who needs a new year diet anyway? A selection of pastries and fresh sourdough can be purchased, and items are also available at the Bread and Wine shop in Spitalfields. There’s no better treat than taking a box of doughnuts home with you and sharing them with your loved ones.
Eataly - Best for Italian Wine
If you’re on the hunt for the finest Italian groceries, Eataly Market located in Bishopsgate will be your idea of heaven. The chain stocks regional ingredients and over 6000 Italian and local products. You have the choice of 75 different extra virgin olive oils, cured meat, fish, and cheese counters, a selection of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, and a patisserie for a sweet treat. Eataly also house the UK’s largest selection of Italian wines, spanning over 2,000 labels from all regions of Italy. You no longer need to catch a flight to Rome to source the finest Italian products, these groceries are now available on your doorstep in London.
Located at 135 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3YD.
The Quality Chop House - Best for Meat
There’s no denying the best quality meat to use for your Sunday roast comes from a local butcher. The Quality Chop House butcher lies next door to the restaurant in Farringdon and strives to work with the best suppliers in the British Isles. The Quality Chop House even celebrated its 150th anniversary back in 2019 — a true British establishment. The Butchery is open Tuesday to Saturday, where you can find the freshest roast chickens, rare breeds of pork and the finest sourced cattle on offer.
Located at 88-94 Farringdon Rd. London, EC1R 3EA.