Happy new year! Would you like some good news to break up the seemingly endless horror? There’s a new addition to the Jewellery Quarter: say hello to Roots Market.
Located on Warstone Lane – opposite Damascena – Roots Market opened in December and sells both fresh and dry goods, as well as sustainable household necessities. I’ve visited a few times now (excellent hot sauce selection!) and honestly think it’s worth shouting about.
As well fridges full of fresh meat, fish and seafood you’ll find a variety of locally sourced vegetables and fruit, bread by the guys from Hive just a few yards away, cheese and deli items, booze and shelves heaving with your cupboard staples. There’s also the basics like rice and pasta bought by weight using zero waste dispensers.
There’s a real emphasis on locally sourced fresh produce and sustainability, and it’s run by a friendly young team that have a clear focus and pride in serving the local community. I particularly liked that a lot of what they sell is portioned for singles (eg packs of meat and fish with one portion) so if you live alone you can buy to suit your needs.
They have a small section of homemade ready meals that will no doubt appeal to anyone like me who’s lost the will to cook every night. The meat and fish is also prepped on site in the kitchen you can see from the main room of the shop.
Price wise it’s a bit all over the place (some things are expensive while others seem to be a bargain) but there’s plenty of choice and it’s a lovely addition to this part of the city – it has a real neighbourhood feel to it. I’ve no doubt it’ll do very well, particularly with those looking to support small businesses over the likes of Tesco this year.
It feels a bit like it’s not quite finished yet but I think that’s more to do with enabling social distancing, particularly by the tills and door in/out. Cracking start up anyway and will be using it regularly.
As it’s a shop selling food it’s classed as essential and therefore open in tier 3/4 etc. You can find out more about Roots Market (including opening hours) on their Instagram page.
Roots Market, 199 Warstone Lane, Jewellery Quarter, B18 6JR
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