Published 13 December 2021
by Josh Barrie
In the pandemic, artisan corner shops have become a friendly trend. The next to open will be Half Cut Market, “a new solution for sophisticated and sustainable snacks and beverages” nestled between Kentish Town and Caledonian Road.
It’s the work of four friends, each of whom have years of hospitality experience and have set out to forge a mini mart with a conscience. Available will be products such as frozen dumplings from My Neighbours the Dumplings, pizza from Homeslice, and ice cream from Happy Endings.
There will be more than 80 low-intervention wines and over 120 craft beers from independent breweries. Classic, “sustainable” deli goods such as pastas, meats and cheeses will come from local suppliers, and a simple “curated menu” of drinks and snacks can be bought to enjoy on-site. If there aren’t tins of Perello olives, something unimaginable will have happened.
Co-founder Holly Willcocks (Noble Rot, MeatLiquor), said: “I’m so excited to be able to showcase thoughtfully made wine from small producers. The opening list brings together some brilliant bottles from cult natural wine producers alongside some more classical styles. The offering is going to change really regularly, both in bottle and by the glass, and I’m looking forward to introducing our locals to some of my favourite small scale producers from around the world”.
Another of the founders, Danny Eilenberg of Arnie Drinks, will also be expanding his not-for-profit cocktail delivery service project with the aim of funding at least 750 meals per month for local food bank users.