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  • 109 Newington Green Road
    Islington

    London N1 4QY
    De Beauvoir, Newington Green, Stoke Newington
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  • Phone number 020 7354 0990
  • 5.0 star rating
    15/10/2013
    6 check-ins here

    The best fruit and veg shop I've ever come across.  

    Try doing your shopping here for a week rather than the supermarket. It's much cheaper and you can buy the quantities you want, rather than having to buy 4 of everything.

    They have the freshest and tastiest fruit & veg I've ever seen and they also stock a really diverse range of produce, including lots of organic stuff.

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/10/2013
    1 check-in here

    The best fruit and veg, cheaper than supermarkets and open late every day.
    They are the only place still selling ripe avocados!

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/3/2013
    5 check-ins here

    On a Sunday afternoon, the queue at this place will stretch around the entire shop floor and out the door - it's that awesome. The variety of fruit and veg on offer is astounding, and the value for money is shockingly good.

    When I moved in right around the corner and popped out to get some essentials, I walked away with supplies to make a hearty 4-serving vegetable curry along with a large bottle of extra virgin olive oil, a jar of sundried tomatoes and 6 eggs for well under a tenner.

    This is by far the best greengrocer I've ever come across in London, and I used to live a half mile away from Borough Market.

  • 5.0 star rating
    28/4/2013

    Beautiful, well organized towers of pretty much every vegetable and fruit imaginable. There's nothing I enjoy more than choosing a from a huge selection of hard-to-find mushrooms, testing the quality of each apple, and hand-selecting fresh chiles. Honestly a foodie heaven - and at some of the cheapest prices in London! I can do a week's worth of fruit/veg shopping here for about £10, easily. And the quality of produce is unbeatable. The only vegetable I haven't been able to find here is korean radish (daikon).

    Open 7 days a week until 10 PM. What could be better?

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/2/2012
    12 check-ins here
    Listed in London Groceries

    Hat tip to Lizzie G for first introducing me to this place!

    Newington Green Fruit and Veg by the numbers:

    1 - hunk of ginger root
    1 - garlic bulb
    3 - grapefruits
    4 - onions
    5 - carrots
    10 - stalks of celery (in a bag)

    3.83 - Total cost in £s for all the above.

    No partridge. No pear tree.

    I'm a cheap yellow bastard that likes quality products, so it's no wonder I'm a regular here even though it's a 20+ minute trip on the 341 for me.

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/8/2011
    3 check-ins here

    I have a thing for fresh produce the way other people have a thing for Islay whisky or single-origin coffee.

    Back in another life I used to frequent a wonderful independent grocery store called Berkeley Bowl and fawn over their incredible selection of delectable fruits and vegetables. Another ritual was the Sunday Marin Farmers Market. I'd get up early, open the sunroof on my car and drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to get produce for the week ahead directly from the farmers who'd grown it.

    Then I moved to DC and NYC and now I haven't had a car in years but I still miss California's year round growing season and all of its beautiful bounty. And I lament the produce situation in London on the regular.

    Newington Green gave me hope, though. Sure, it was a trek to get here from my flat in EC1 but it was worth it. Especially on the second visit when I figured out the bus line that would whisk me to this green grocer's doorstep.

    From watermelon and citrus to potatoes and tomatoes plus more rare finds like jalapeños and other types of chili peppers, Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables has pretty much everything I'm after.

    Since discovering the place I've been churning out fresh smoothies, guacamole, salads of all kinds and even the odd pot of aloo gobi!

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/8/2011

    "I've got a lovely pair of coconuts..."
    "Come Mister Tally Man, tally me banana..."
    "Strawberry fields forever..."

    It once was one shop, it's now two. One is just storage and the other is a beautiful array of fruit, herbs, spices and veg for locals to come down to browse and buy. For a few quid you can walk out with a bag of produce bigger than my leg. It's fantastic quality and loads of it is British grown.

    I don't bother going anywhere else now, it's my one stop fresh fruit stop!

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/3/2012
    4 check-ins here
    Listed in Hackney innit

    Bursting with colour and freshness this is one hell of a Fruit and Veg shop.

    You'll be amazed at the variety on offer and the size of some of these things compared to the supermarket (no more titchy little garlic bulbs for me when I can get ones here as big as my fist).

    Also cheap!

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/5/2010

    Great - the best local fruit and veg shop I know.
    Beats Ridley road, beats chapel market. Walks all over wholefoods / fresh and wild in stoke newington.

    Prices - always beats the supermarkets, shelf life sometimes a bit short - but frequent visits are are pleasure.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/12/2008

    The Newington Green Fruit and Veg shop is a testament to the lost art of the local greengrocers! In most areas of London you're forced to choose between buying veg from the supermarket or picking up odds and ends from the newsagent. Being the kind of person that likes to have a good poke and squeeze at what's on offer, this really didn't suit me. Now I know about Newington green I'm free to rummage through boxes of tomatoes to my hearts desire and choose from standard, local and organic varieties. I love that no two squashes look quite the same and that every time I'm in there is a new vegetable that I don't recognise.

    Newington Green might not be to everyone's tastes though. Sometimes it can feel like the staff are ganging up on you as they rush to pack your bags, price your shopping and hand back your change all at the same time. They also pile stock so high that occasionally you feel like you're putting yourself in danger trying to reach for a bag of spinach precariously positioned on top of a red pepper mountain. Bare in mind that the shop promotes recycling  and that you will be met with a disapproving look if you ask to buy a bag. I don't mind any of this though, in fact I think it makes me like it even more! Though saying this, I'd probably forgive anywhere that I can get a weekly shop in for less than a tenner...

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/11/2008

    The fruit and vegetable shop offers the freshest vegetables and fruit at the best value throughout north London. Centrally located, its a wonder that much of the produce seems to be at outer London village prices. Much of the produce is locally sourced, and some of the fruit is organic as well. It is busy in the evenings and weekends, and most of the space is stacked with fruit and veg. You can find some exotic varieties of fruit here too.

    The owners of the shop are extremely friendly, and encourage people to bring their own bags. Plastic is strictly forbidden from sight in this shop - small brown paper bags replace the thin plastic bags used by most shops. In case you forget, they will give you a cotton bag by the local council, and remind you to bring it next time! If you're a regular, they even give you 'credit' if you run out of change. Which brings me to the only sore point - its cash only.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/11/2008

    Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables is an ideal place for picking up your daily five!  The produce is fresh and delivered daily.  The staff is friendly and knowledgeable.  Plus the prices are excellent.  

    One of the strengths of the store is the vast selection.  Whenever I have entered the store grocery list be damned!  I end up picking up whatever looks good and trust me, that's a lot.  For Thanksgiving, yes I did celebrate it; I picked up all of my fruit and veggies from the shop.  I left loaded down with potatoes, apples, green beans, sweet potatoes, and peas.  The best part, I spent less than £10.  Needless to say everyone raved about the meal and the quality of fruit and vegetables is one of the reasons.

  • 5.0 star rating
    24/9/2008
    First to Review

    What a fabulous shop! I only went in for a peep, soon found myself buying stuff, and wasn't unhappy with the bill! Prices were much cheaper than the supermarket.

    In many ways it's a traditional fruit and veg shop. Great mounds and trays of stuff, from which you can choose as much or as little as you want. But the variety is wonderful. All the basics of course, but they also sell bunches of herbs (and trays of herb sprouts), just about any fruit or veg you could come up with, and probably some you hadn't thought of too. I got some fresh dates, which I've never had before. I was able to buy just a few to try (which is good, as I found them OK but not wonderful!)

    It's also environmentally friendly. Very few items are pre-packed, and they encourage you to bring your own bag. They'll sell you a biodegradable bag if you don't have one. Of course much of the produce is organic too.

    The position on the map is close but no gold star. Start at Newington Green itself , and walk along Newington Green Road on the side with the shops (opposite the flag in fact) and you'll find it.

    • Qype User adamvd…
    • London
    • 7 friends
    • 8 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    4/5/2010

    Great - the best local fruit and veg shop I know.
    Beats Ridley road, beats chapel market. Walks all over wholefoods / fresh and wild in stoke newington.

    Prices - always beats the supermarkets, shelf life sometimes a bit short - but frequent visits are are pleasure.

    • Qype User simons…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 25 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    8/1/2013

    The best and freshest selection of fruit and veg in London. Since I moved near this green grocer I have re-discovered fruit and veg and how great it can taste.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/7/2012

    I love Newington Green Fruit and Veg so much. They have by far the best and cheapest fruit and veg I've seen in London. I just moved away and I'm missing it terribly! So much variety, it was always fun to pick out things I'd never seen before and use them in a meal. Everything is fresh, tasty, colourful and cheap. I could typically do a weekly shop for myself and spend about £10 for a very heavy shopping bag bursting at the seams. You often see a long queue after work hours, but the lovely staff work so quickly that you're in and out of there quite fast.

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/3/2013

    This shop has changed my life. Truly magnificent in terms of stock, price and service. Open from first thing till 10pm, just try not to go when everybody is on their way home from work as it gets seriously packed.

    • Qype User filimb…
    • London
    • 44 friends
    • 301 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    11/10/2008

    I think the thing with fruit and vegetables is, you buy them when you can, and this handy corner shop saves a walk to Morrison's or Tesco, so why not go here? Prices are more expensive, and you'll have to wash everything cos it's stacked outside a heavily polluted street, but apart from that there's very little difference between the stuff you'd buy here and that in Tesco's.

    • Qype User Domini…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 22 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    9/9/2010

    If you live within cycle distance of Newington Green and you don't buy some produce here at least once a week then I suspect the supermarkets truly have succeeded in brainwashing you into thinking that they have the monopoly on quality and price. They don't. This place is usually cheaper (sometimes a lot) and when you see how busy it is 7 days a week you know that the turnover of stock is going to be quick, keeping things fresh. And these guys have just about everything, and I mean EVERYTHING from apples and pears to fesh galangal, black salsify and shiitake mushrooms and some other things I still don't know the name of. The downside? There's frequently a queue of 10 people in the tiny shop even at 8pm but it moves fast and, let's face it, you don't get that in a small, local shop without them really getting things right.

    • Qype User gbrand…
    • London
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    • 4 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    10/1/2011

    Great shop, nice staff (could smile more, though). Running a very successful business and deservedly so, they look like they graft for it. Good value, good selection, even easier to shop there now they've got larger premises (although sadly miss previous occupants, blooming babes flowers). Could pick nits and say they could do with stocking spring greens / brussel tops, but can't have everything. If it's all about price, then Ridley Road market (go either early or v late) beats it hands down on price (go to the stalls in the middle of market, not the big stalls near Kingsland station), but RR doesn't open every day 8 - 9, and therefore isn't open on the way home from work.

    Pls keep doing what you're doing.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/4/2011

    I too can vouch for this great local green grocers. I've actually cycled past it a few times without a visit. So about a week ago I decided to pop in for the first time. I can say from the moment I gave it a close inspection this is now my preferred place to buy my fruit and veg in the local area. They have everything here all neatly displayed from your standard potatoes, spinach etc through to other less common things like pac choy, oyster mushrooms and the miracle of mother nature that is romanesco fractal broccoli. They also have dried fruits and nuts and a great selection of fresh herbs. Essentially for a cooking enthusiast such as myself most of what you need. In terms of value I bought a selection of items including a huge vibrant green bunch of parsley, enough oyster mushrooms for two, a good few clementines along with other bits and was amazed in only came to a few quid! Whether much of the goods are locally sourced I'm not sure. My rocket was from Italy and my tomatoes from Holland. Europe not too bad though I guess. Of the other bits I purchased I couldn't say. I didn't notice anything from Africa or further afield but I will have a closer look next time. I would say support this local green grocers but judging from how busy this place often is (with being served in good time) they are no secret to the local community.

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