The west London suburb of Chiswick in the London Borough of Hounslow occupies a meander of the River Thames and was historically part of the county of Middlesex and a country retreat for Londoners. It has since been swallowed up by London, but retains much of its village-like characteristics. Historical landmarks include Hogarth’s House: the former residence of the eighteenth century English artist Henry Hogarth; and the neo-Palladian villa Chiswick House.
Chiswick’s links with food stretches back hundreds of years when it was known for its fishing and agrarian industries as well as being home to London’s largest and oldest brewery, Fuller’s. The name Chiswick is the old English for “Cheese Farm” which originates from the time when riverside farms and meadows are believed to have supported an annual cheese fair on Dukes Meadow up until the eighteenth century.
These days it is better known for The Food Market Chiswick, which runs every Sunday 10am-2pm in the Grove Park Farm House, and was established in 2000 as a social enterprise to raise funds for the surrounding area. Cheese, coffee, meat, fish, cakes, curry and sushi make up a mouth-watering mix of well sourced, traceable food and drink.
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