When I received an email a few weeks ago regarding the opening of a new and luxurious Russian deli in Knightsbridge I was literally thrilled. Russians are renowned for feasting, from the medieval banquets of Ivan the Terrible to the elaborate political dinners of the communist era. The Merchant’s Yard deli certainly celebrates this grand Russian tradition.
Owner, Julia Flit, has created a venue for opulent feasts and celebrations, providing shoppers with key Russian ingredients, in addition to an intimate space, ideal for small parties to be introduced to traditional fayre. The shop contains everything from caviar to beetroot, staples in every Russian kitchen.
The Merchant’s Yard beings the opportunity to try authentic Russian homemade food that the capital has long lacked. Finally, there is a venue doing real justice to the recipes of established customs, as well as more contemporary interpretations. While every member of staff is on hand, ready to assist shoppers with every possible question. Their own enthusiasm for the food is quickly very clear.
What you can expect:
The Deli Counter: Food prepared daily for eat-in or take-out including organic salads, freshly baked breads, cakes, pastries, coffees and teas.
The Grocery: For produce to enhance any table setting including cheeses, organic olives, homemade vegetable dishes, spirits, beers and Russian vodka, Moldavian and Georgian wine.
To Order: Recommendations from the Merchant’s Yard chef, for your own personal needs, when there is no time to cook for guests at home.
Dinners: Every third week of the month, for ten to 12 people, a seasonal menu will be prepared based on the traditions and customs of Russia; enhancing your appreciation and understanding of a style of cooking rooted in history.
The Merchant’s Yard
Purveyors of Russian Foods
41 Beauchamp Place
London SW3 1NX
Tel: 020 3144 0072