Food & Beverage Overseas

Posted by / 27 September 2019

Match Director Mike Hammer took a little F&B tour overseas to give a small taste of what’s going on around London and Europe.

Mercato Centrale Florence, open 364 days a year from 8am to midnight, with almost every type of food and drink option you could think of. You can shop for groceries in all market stores and the enjoy hot or cold food freshly prepared by their artisans along with a glass of wine. Every store sells its own products, which you can eat immediately or take away with you. A variety of seating can house individual, families or groups. They also offer the Lorenzo de’ Medici cooking school with courses in Italian and English. Wi-Fi is always available, and a concierge service can book your soccer, cinema or theatre tickets. The Mercato sits within a character building in the heart of Florence and attracts a very diverse customer profile.

Harrods London has been a pioneer in food retail in 1834. Following a recent upgrade, the Food Hall epitomises a contemporary food emporium while still celebrating their historic architectural beauty. The Vegetable Butchery, a place where you can take home pre-prepared fruit platters and vegetable medleys or bring your greens to the counter for on-the-spot preparation. There are butchers to talk you through specialist cuts of meat, and fishmongers to advise on fillets of fish. Shelves stacked with freshly baked loaves of bread; the Coffee Roastery & Bake Hall's bakery sees a highly-skilled team of bakers create the finest artisanal goods right in front of your eyes throughout the day. Harrods food hall is a must visit whether you’re shopping, or simply wanting a bite to eat – the food hall is a first-class visitor experience.

Westfield London offers an endless list of food & beverage offers with some stand outs including the new Ichiba, Europe's largest Japanese food hall, with over 3,000 Japanese products, fresh handmade Japanese street food plus a Japanese bakery and café. Aside from the food stations - spread across the 17,400 sq foot set up, there are “theatrical kitchens” where you’ll can watch cooking demos and workshops and see how their authentic Japanese food is created. They also offer food and drink festivals and sake tasting seminars. If you’re a lover of Japanese cuisine, Ichiba is a must do.

Market Hall Victoria is a food hall located smack-bang opposite the station. Drawing a wide commuter catchment through the day and evening peaks. Unsurprisingly, it’s also hugely popular as an event location.

Market Hall Victoria, London showcases a diverse and eclectic offering of food and drink across three floors with eleven kitchens, a coffee shop, a roof terrace and three bars championing independent British-made beers & spirits.