Meat & Poultry
Back in 1793, Isaac Alden opened a butcher’s shop in Oxford and moved into the flat above with his wife and young son, Thomas. The business was inherited by Thomas and together with his own son they moved the operation to Eastwyke Farm, just outside Oxford. Since then, we have seen nine monarchs, 42 prime ministers, eight pandemics and two world wars, but Aldens have consistently delivered the finest produce to homes and businesses while keeping the firm in the family. Today, Aldens supply Oxford and Cambridge University, Houses of Parliament, and restaurants across the country via their fully electric delivery vans.
Fish & Seafood
It all began with a humble shop in 1908, set on the bustling square of Mayfair’s Shepherd Market. Today, James Knight is London’s largest independent seafood wholesaler, supplying the city with high-grade coastal fresh fish and seafood. With great influence comes great responsibility, which is why they ensure the fish you enjoy in our restaurant is sustainably sourced, becoming the first wet fish wholesaler in London to be listed in the supplier directory of the Sustainability Restaurant Association. James Knight also held the Royal Warrant during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
It’s 1770. Joseph Harrison, a watercress grower from Hertfordshire, drives his produce to London by horse and cart to trade in the Seven Dials district of Covent Garden. This was the beginning of a family’s 200-year presence in the area, selling their farm-grown watercress to Londoners. It wasn’t until 1974 that they branched out into other fruit and vegetables, followed by an expansion of their delivery service in the 1990s. What is now known as Le Marché, the premium greengrocers continue to supply London’s top restaurants and still sell their original product, the famous watercress, which you might taste on your next Whitcomb’s visit.