C Lidgate

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C Lidgate
Industry Butchers
Founded London (1850)
Founder(s) Charles Lidgate
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Number of locations Holland Park
Website lidgates.com

C Lidgate is a butchers shop in Holland Park, London. It was founded in 1850 by Charles Lidgate and remains in the hands of his descendants today.

History[edit]

Charles Lidgate founded C Lidgate in 1850 at 110 Holland Park Avenue.[1][2] It is currently run by the fifth generation of the Lidgate family, Danny Lidgate, who recently took over from his father David Lidgate who inherited the business in 1979 when his father died; David was 19 at the time.

In 2012, the store twice appeared on Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course on Channel 4. Fifth generation employee Danny Lidgate explained to chef Gordon Ramsay in one episode about poultry and then later in the series about pork and beef.[3][4] The shop has also appeared on Gordon Ramsay's Christmas Cookalong and the Alan Titchmarsh Show.[3] Following the 2013 meat adulteration scandal, sales on pies and minced beef were reported to have increased by 10%.[5] An increase in the sales of rabbit was noted during the previous year which was up some 20% from the year prior to that.[6]

As well as Gordon Ramsay, other celebrity chefs have stated that Lidgate's is a favourite. These include Mark Hix of Hix Oyster and Chop House,[7][8] Fergus Henderson of St. John restaurant,[9] Tom Aikens,[10] and Nigella Lawson.[11] Other non-chef celebrities who have noted Lidgate's include Cerys Matthews and Richard Branson.[12] The products on sale include meat from the Highgrove Estate, owned by Prince Charles and scotch eggs made in-house from quail's eggs and cumberland sausage.[13][14]

Reception[edit]

Tania Ballantine at Time Out named C Lidgate as one of the best butchers in London and recommended them following the 2013 meat adulteration scandal.[2] In a similar article in the Evening Standard, the shop was named one of the ten best in London.[15] The Independent named C Ludgate as one of the top fifty food shops in London.[16]

The store has won a variety of Great Taste Awards. These include a three star award for Wagyu sirloin steak in 2012, four two star awards and four one star awards.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, Derry (2007). Notting Hill. London: Frances Lincoln. p. 95. ISBN 9780711227392. 
  2. ^ a b Ballantine, Tania. "London's Best Butchers". Time Out. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Gordon Ramsay uses Q Guild advice". Q Guild of Butchers. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Scrapbook for Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course Episode 16". Channel 4. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Goodchild, Sophie (19 February 2013). "Boom for London butchers after horse meat scandal". Evening Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Roberts, Laura (21 January 2011). "Rabbit enjoys a renaissance after celebrity chefs put it on the menu". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  7. ^ O' Ceallaigh, John (30 November 2011). "Mark Hix: Making the cut". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Hunter Johnson, Lucy (22 June 2012). "Happy Shoppers". Evening Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Nathanson, Hannah (10 June 2010). "Fergus Henderson's My London". Evening Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Aikens, Tom (16 June 2006). "Tom Aikens' A-Z of Food". Evening Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2013.  (subscription required)
  11. ^ Armstrong, Hillary (24 January 2007). "Posh Pies for the Upper Crust". Evening Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2013.  (subscription required)
  12. ^ Jones, Jodie (11 October 2008). "My perfect weekend: Cerys Matthews". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "C Lidgate". Time Out. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "David Lidgate joins "Rural Oscars" judging panel". Countryside Alliance. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  15. ^ Godwin, Richard (26 March 2013). "Join the meat queue: the London butchers we are hankering after". Evening Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  16. ^ Batten, Rhiannon (21 November 2009). "The Best 50 Food Shops". The Independent. Retrieved 3 April 2013.  (subscription required)
  17. ^ "2012 Great Taste Awards". Great Taste Awards. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 

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