DEAR HOME DELIVERY CUSTOMERS We are very sorry that we are for the time being suspended our service. We have now reopened in Queens Park, Highgate, Parliament Hill and London Fields Lidos, Dorée in Chatworth Road, Nags Head Covered Market and Goodge Place and Whitecross Street Markets. Clissold Leisure Centre is open but the café is closed. WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO OUR LOCKDOWN CUSTOMERS AND WILL RESUME HOME DELIVERIES AS SOON AS WE HAVE THE STAFF. IN THE MEANTIME PLEASE COME AND BUY AT OUR CAFES WHICH, APART FROM LONDON FIELDS, ARE DOING HALF PRICE EAT-IN MEALS THREE DAYS A WEEK AS PART OF EAT IN TO HELP OUT.

Olive Oil and 'perpetual' wines

Arguably it's only in the summer that it's worth by ultra-high quality olive oil. It's wasted in cooking and in mayonnaise and it only comes into its own with very plain salads and very high quality ingredients. We are still some way from having any very good tomatoes, but our new Racalia olive oil could be worth trying with a salad of skinned new season's broad beans. Jonny Hazell who brought it in is a regular Lido swimmer and a descendent of the Ingham family who invented Marsala wine in the mid-19th century by fortifying Sicilian 'vino perpetuo' and making it into a competitor with the then-hugely successful Madeira. The Inghams lost their estate in western Sicily when Mussolini brought in laws to exclude foreign ownership, but they instead planted up the three established olive varieties. Grape and olive growing have many things in common, and the Racalia estate is now regarded as one of the leading estates in one of the world's top regions for olive oil production.