If we hadn’t been due to deliver 15 kilos of local London Honey to Joe Fox, chef at the legendary Petersham Nurseries, on a sparkling Spring morning, we’d probably have gone anyway.
Nestled in the water meadows at the foot of Richmond Hill, this is where city sophistication and rural simplicity collide. Deliciously. Joe works with Damian Clisby, the Head Chef at Petersham Nurseries, who was preparing a 3-course vegetarian lunch to celebrate the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) “Food Made Good Awards” gala lunch on 22nd March.
Joe and his partner Laura Jean have pioneered Bee Kind And Dine, devoted to pop-up dinners which celebrate locally sourced, sustainably grown food and the natural systems which are vital to produce that food.
I was especially pleased to see a whole display devoted to the Hidcote Lavender variety – the honeybees’ favourite. And an immaculate example of what to plant to provide sustainable forage for bees.
And here’s sneak preview of the honey spiced tart dessert, with Bermondsey Street Bees name-checked on the menu. What better recognition of our sustainable food credentials (for people and bees, too) ?