I do love The Grocery - it provides me with most of my office snacks, as well as my growing herbal tea collection. If you're looking for anything organic or health food related, the chances are they stock it. They sell lots of fresh fruit and veg, including an impressive variety of squashes. When I'm there, I usually stock up on seeds, nuts, kale chips, and other things that will stop me snacking on potato crisps and chocolate in the office. They also offer a variety of lunch items like quinoa salad and vegetable frittata, and a few good wines and craft beers.
It loses one star as it's just a little bit overpriced, especially the bread and some of the veg.
Although it has a thin cloud of smug in the air, it's still one of my favorites organic stores in London. Don't go there for fruits and vegs though, it is overpriced and nothing special, but the cheese selection (help yourself, you can taste a bunch!), the awesome variety of soups and the hard to find products make it worth it. Also try the cafe in the back (but I think they're two independent business, not sure)
Yesterday I finally found my Kombucha drink, the "I-don't-know-why-but-I-love-it" weird drink that I use to have every morning when I was in San Francisco. It was a rip off but I bought it anyways 'cause I think The Grocery is the place for little luxuries.
About the staff: it's hard to say 'cause they seem to have like twenty five people working there as it changes a lot, but there are like five cool and extremely nice people and other five straight faced ones that aren't able to smile and keep checking the signature behind your credit card for about seven minutes even if you go there almost everyday. You just have to be lucky. And don't take it personal, ever, not to ruin your day.
As I discussed in my review of 'Planet Organic' I have mixed feelings towards Organic boutique shops. Most often they are overpriced and a bit too sterile for their own good. Though The Grocery has elements of this, it seems a bit more down to earth and I would probably say it was my favourite of all the bigger organic stores.
The best thing about The Grocery is its very well labelled ready meals. I have a lot of friends that I find it quite difficult to cook for because of gluten/ wheat intolerance's or vegetarian/vegan diets. The main course can always be figured out but when it comes to dessert I'm at a bit of a loss. The Grocery has cleverly cottoned on to this and labels all its meals 'Vegan Friendly' or 'Wheat Free'. I bought a gluten-free-vegan-friendly-cheesecake from here once (which was better than it sounds) and my friends were very touched to be able to tuck in with everyone else.
However, for my budget The Grocery is still too expensive and personally I don't think its stock is as good as in my local fruit and veg shop (The Newington Green).
Overall it's a great place and is open later than post other shops like it. I often pop over for lunch - there are options off the shelf or made to order. In the made to order department, the steak sandwich should not be missed. If you just need to grab something and go, the salads, Japanese boxes and the yogurt tubs are amazing.
They also have a fab assortment of coconut waters and interesting juices.
The tofu selection is okay, but coming from California, I expect breath of offerings. While the Grocery certainly offers more than most, I want more!
Staff are friendly and helpful too.
The one downside... As with most health food shops the prices are pretty high.
I was delighted to find this little gem near our dance studio.
This medium-sized organic store has a great selection of shelf-food and essentials, although the produce section is quite small. As a soup person, I was delighted by the variety of home-made soups. I was also impressed with the labeling, it was clear what was vegan/veggie/glut-free.
In a busy city full of Tesco's- this independent find is refreshing.
M'eh I think reviewing this place suddenly removes my cool. I didn't think much of this place when I first walked in \ looking for liquid henna. The helpful and friendly staff, after being a little baffled by the request pointed me in the right direction. I felt after that experience I didn't really know The Grocery well enough to review it fairly so I decided to pop back again.
This time I used their little cafe at the back. Serving my favourite tea and with free WiFi this cafe has become a favourite. It does get a little crowed at lunch but that is just a sign of it's success. Really cute place.
This is the closest thing I've found in London to a local, California-style grocery store. In addition to all the health products (including green cleaning products like Method and Seventh Generation), they have a surprisingly good little Asian foods sections where you can get Japanese curry, miso, etc. If you are gluten-free, this is the store for you (any dietary issue, really). It is a destination worth coming to for me (I live a 20 min walk away, and have a Tescos in my building). Oh! Americans, they also have some of "our" stuff, like a variety of peanut and other nut butters, and stuff you'd find in Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.
It took me back to my favorite organic (and yes, usually a little pricey... but totally worth it!) California grocery stores.
I feel as if I grew up in a health food store. Ergo, I feel qualified to rate them. And in my expert, hippy-sired opinion I give The Grocery four stars, being, most definitely, a fan.
In an area plagued by Tesco Metros, those bizarre little Tesco/cornershop hybrids that seem to stock everything and nothing, it is most refreshing to stumble upon a bona fide health food shop that fulfills all your sanctimonious food needs.
Dr. Karg's overpriced emmental and pumpkin seed crackers? Tick! Method all purpose, non-toxic cleaner so the puppy doesn't die when it licks the floor? Tick! Miso soup in myriad varieties? Tick! I'm sold. But then, you had me at Dr. Karg...
Add to that a weirdly great selection of magazines and periodicals, a cafe out back, a good selection of drinks, breads, meat, crackers, legumes and pulses - the list could go on - and you've got yourself a pretty rocking grocery.
Back when the only organic shops you'd frequently come across were Planet Organic and Fresh and Wild, I stumbled across a new shop on Kingsland Road called The Grocery. As a typical Londoner who romanticises the idea of those shops with local farming village sounding names, aged wooden floors and simple wholesome foods in baskets, I was immediately drawn inside. You get that fleeting sense of being in Hertfordshire or The Black Country, without having to bother venturing outside of the M25. So far, so perfect.
The prices are sadly similar to those of Fresh and Wild et al, so not very credit-crunch friendly, but they do have a great range of the kind of things I need each week, like afalfa, decent-looking, rich red tomatoes that don't look anaemic like the ones in supermarkets, reassuringly muddy and generously sized heads of lettuce, quinoa and decent soy brands like Alpro and Bonsoy (you know there are some that taste like mud in a glasswhy do that to a customer?!), a promising wine, beer and perry collection; and a wide range of good old English cheeses. They also have a cafe out at the back for you to relax in and read your Sunday paper.
If it had been a cold winter day and we had got to huddle at the cafe at the back of the Grocery it might have just about been good. Unfortunately it was one of the hottest days of the year and heavy brick and a massive kitchen in an enclosed space didn't lend a refreshing air.
The breakfasty brunch stuff we got was overcomplicated and underwhelming. A sausage sandwich ended up being chipolatas (unsubstantial) which an unremarkable attempting to be interesting salsa. Inventive gone wrong.
Unless it is really cold and everywhere else is shut I probably wouldn't bother.
I also had a look at the product they had and, to put it bluntly, go to Waitrose (better selection, cheaper (and it is rare to say that) and fresher).
Price - £10ish a head for some warm orange juice and an un-illustrious breakfast
My housemate being a wheat intolerant vegetarian finds this place perfect for her! Having a huge selection of wheat free products - cereals, breads, pastas, crackers and a great selection of tofu, quorn sausages, and healthy looking vegetables. You never feel rushed to shop quickly and the staff are very relaxed. The thing I especially love is the selection of liquorice and other sweets!
Also within this fantastic store is a delicious Cafe with yummy homemade biscuits and cakes and real coffee. You can sit at big farm kitchen tables, read the papers, have breakfast relax and chill out any day of the week - a real treat!
Good selection but high prices. If I lived a little closer, I'd probably go more often.
The range of organic, fresh and whole foods - along with the independent non-Tesco-y vibe - is appreciated.
I've several times looked around here, then, being flat broke, gone out empty handed. Being a little richer this month I was at last able to buy bliss! I came out with three things on the 'I haven't had that for ages' list: Kallo tomato and herb stock cubes, chocolate soya desert and jar of barley miso (complete with instruction not to worry if stuff grew on the top!). Wonderful! Yes, the prices are not exactly cheap, but I'm still not exactly rich, and I found a few things
The store is also lovely. Old white supporting columns, brick walls and woodblock floor. They have a little café area where apparently you can get a massage several days a week (I think it was £10 for 15 minutes). There was also a cat wandering about. Any place that has a cat gets extra points from me.
While I tend to buy most of my daily items from my next door market, when I'm wanting fish, a variety of milk substitutes, or specialty ingredients, The Grocery is my local Whole Foods type store.
The staff is friendly and helpful, and they are usually quite quick to help me find what I need and even provide me some information about how to use it.
I visit here frequently and always leave inspired to eat healthier and to cook something amazing. I love how browsing their shelves leaves me feeling inspired, though I often leave empty pocketed!
I rarely shop here as the prices are above and beyond what I can buy elsewhere for my staples, but I have to say the quality is always top notch.
More specifically the cafe in the back has plenty of excellent meat and veggie dishes of the best kind and are all home made, cooked up and served on the spot.
In my humble opinion they serve the BEST sandwiches in London and come highly recommended from this Qyper!
A huge grocery store that does what it says on the tin. Tons of lovely organic products and a nice big selection of yummy cheeses. You can easily spend a while perusing the aisles here and more easily spend a whole heap of money on one meal!
They also have some lovely wines on offer and lots of fresh meat. I say fresh, I did once come home with what turned out to be not at all fresh chicken. They were happy to rectify it but it was a bit of a pain so do check before you leave!
All in all, top notch!
This is a useful stop for people looking for all sorts of organic/vegan products. The selection is pretty good for the size, it's a nice space and overall makes for a pleasant shopping experience - until you see that price tag, that is. It's just a little too expensive to shop here regularly, but for an occasional stop and if you're looking for something in particular, this is a good bet.
overpriced organic food store that sells a few American products.
the wide range of healthy-esque products (not only food y'all) make you feel like you've entered a forest.
their hummus and babaganosh/mediterranean are fairly good, and so is their falafels.
but coming from New York, seeing these price tags just made me step back and wish that I were back in good ol America
Great mid-sized eco-green-organic grocery store in Shoreditch. The prices are a bit too high for me to go here regularly, but when we are in the vicinity for Vietnamese and like on Kingsland Road, this is a very useful place to stop in for a variety of items that can be hard to come by in a standard supermarket (e.g., miso; good selection of veggie sausages; decent bread). The fruit-and-veg looks fine, but too expensive: If you want organic I would recommend getting a weekly box from Abel and Cole instead. Useful for vegans/vegetarians looking for a variety of items that might be hard to come by elsewhere. Reminds me a bit of one of the upmarket green groceries stores you see in the States.
This was the first place my boyfriend took me to eat the first time we hung out in London a few years ago before we were even together, so it holds a special place in my heart. But really, it's a nice little shop to get your bits but maybe not your regular shopping done, especially for someone like me, who follows a special diet. It's great for special ingredients you can't really find, like vegetable rennet! And they have a really nice selection of my favourite teas (Pukka). It's sort of got a hippie vibe to it, almost like a shop you'd find in a small town in northern California. But I love that about it because it reminds me of my home state. Sometimes you can get a really nice selection of sprouts for a good price. For the most part, it's a great specialty store with a friendly staff and fair prices for what it is.
Excellent impression of what every corner shop in London would be like if we were all the hyper-earth concious organic green warriors we really should be, but aren't. Pricey, but the wide range of homemade and herb-tinted lovely things make up for this. There is good fresh bread, lots of cheeses, very fresh fruit and veg, tempting sweeties, a decent homeware section stocking Ecover et al, and helpful staff. One complaint would be the lack of visible pricing. I like to be able to browse a shop's shelves without having to bother the lad on the till every few seconds to ask the price of my recycled Peruvian Fairtrade quinoa toilet paper. But other than that, fab from start to finish.
The best organic market in my neighborhood and perhaps the best little cafe in London. The Grocery is a small market selling about anything organic one would want. They have an excellent choice of Japanese stables and sell the best hommus I have ever had. Additionally they sell an assortment of meats, fish, cheese, and bread. The cafe at the Grocery is a regular hang out for me. I go there at least once during the week and once on the weekend. They serve the best chicken sandwich I have ever tasted. The chicken is juicy and moist. I am not sure how they cook such a perfect roast chicken but I am not kidding when I say it's the best ever. They also do a fantastic breakfast. Cafe is cash only.
Not somewhere I regularly shop but handy to have on our doorstep. It is pricey but then again it sells nice things. It has that classic Shoreditch vibe bare brickwork and a cool clientele. Veg can be a bit iffy but lots of interesting things for the store cupboard. Good cafe and they do massage downstairs. I must admit I use the free cashpoint on their outside wall more often than I venture in. However if I just have to have an organic miso stock cube then this is the place I go.
There you can find a good variety of products. The last time I needed some specific ingredients for the dish I saw on one TV show. I think they are not very welcoming sometimes, but still the service is good. The prices are reasonable too, but keep in mind that if you are searching for something unusual and not so common you will pay more for it.
Often shopping there. Really great and fresh food. Recommended!
Great selection - especially the wines if you want to learn a thing or to about organicy speciality stuff. The staff are lovely and you can lose yourself for ages. The cafe out the back is lovely too. And they have a no charge cashpoint out the frontthey're not daft hey!
They get points for being within walking distance and stocking a wide variety of groceries, cleaning supplies and fresh veg and all of them are good for the environment. I haven't tried the little cafe in the back, but you can also find the cafe's sammies for take away in the refrigerated section.
I bought a tasty organic steak one day, bonus that it was reduced for quick sale. But twice now, I've walked out and realized once I got home that I was over-charged on my bill. I truly don't believe they're doing it on purpose, so just check your bill before you depart the store to ensure total satisfaction.
Shopped here more when I lived on The Boundary but still pop in now and then. Great prices and a nice selection. people are very friendly who work there. One drawback is that the place is kind of hidden and after being away from area for a few years I walked by and thought they'd gone under because of the dark lightingeither that or I over shot the short cut off of Hackney Road.
Best grocery shop in London, full stop.