A.Gold shop, Spitalfields, London
We're open Monday - Friday 10-4pm, weekends 11-5pm.
Welcome to A.Gold. We like to think of ourselves as a village shop in the City where you can buy a sandwich made to order, a cup of slow-brewed Monmouth filter coffee, a bag of traditional sweets and a homemade Scotch egg for later...read more about A.Gold
Homemade Scotch eggs
Royal grocer Fortnum & Mason claim to have invented Scotch eggs in the 18th Century. From such majestic beginnings they have become a rather nasty supermarket snack food but proper homemade Scotch eggs are a revelation.
We make them fresh every weekday (unless we're making homemade sausage rolls - but that's another story). A free-range boiled egg is encased in seasoned sausage meat, rolled in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. They are satisfying, truly delicious and have a loyal (some might say fanatic) following - we sell dozens a day. Try it cut in half with a dollop of hot English mustard.
If you can't get to the shop, or we've sold out (an all too common occurance), what about making your own? Our recipe is on the Cooking page.
The Chocolate Society hand-make small batches of toffee honeycomb using honey from bees that live on a farm near their factory in Somerset. They then cover (indeed, 'enrobe') the cinder toffee with the finest Valrhona chocolate.
All tied up with a silk ribbon, these are an indulgent treat and the perfect gift. www.chocolate.co.uk
JULY 2014: We have 2013 King's Cross honey from Urban Bees. We will also have London Fields honey from end of July.
Follow us on Twitter for our latest honey updates.
Jack of Clubs beer
'Jack of Clubs' is a bottle-conditioned, light ruby ale made by Wild Card Brewery. Malty sweetness gives way to a balanced hoppy bitterness from a blend of fragrant American hops.
This fine beer is complimented by a beautifully designed playing card label.
Wild Card have opened a rather fantastic bar in the industrial unit where they brew. Head over to Walthamstow to hang out at Unit 7, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ. Alc. 4.5% vol. www.wildcardbrewery.co.uk
London Borough of Jam
Generous jars of jewel-like jam from Lillie at London Borough of Jam.
Wonderful flavour combinations (Peach & Fennel, Pickled Strawberry, Rhubarb & Rose), lashings of fruit, simple, stylish packaging and so local and homemade the jam sometimes arrives at the shop still warm from the pan.
Is this is perfect jar of jam? Quite possibly.
Lillie has opened her LBJ Shop at 51d Chatsworth Road, Hackney E5. Open Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm. Do go - it's stocked with her complete range of jams and preserves but also a wonderful collection of other hand-picked products. www.londonboroughofjam.tumblr.com
'Beautiful Flavour, Delicious Rich Cup' it says on the tin and we can only agree. A strong but smooth full-bodied blended tea made from loose East African leaves.
A firm favourite, customers buy tins and tins of it, sometimes so much we wonder how they can possibly drink it all.
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You can pre-order your sandwiches, salad boxes or hot food and beat the queue. Please phone 020 7247 2487 before 11.30am with your order.
This week, we're cooking:
You can choose the daily special as a sandwich or as a salad box:
Monday special sandwich or salad box: roast duck, date & tamarind chutney and watercress. Hot food: salmon, spinach & potato curry with Basmati rice.
Tuesday special sandwich or salad box: fish burger with homemade saffron mayo. Hot food: chicken & ham pie with garden peas.
Wednesday special sandwich or salad box: honey-roast chicken with sage & onion stuffing. Hot food: seafood and chorizo paella.
Thursday special sandwich or salad box: pulled pork and spicy coleslaw. Hot food: beer-roasted chicken with cassava chips.
Friday special sandwich or salad box: roasted chicken breast, bacon, mayo and salad. Hot food: Portuguese duck rice with chorizo and spring greens.
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A.Gold is a member of The East End Trades Guild