Supplying and sourcing lush local produce
Lovejoys head honcho Neil Mortimer has spent almost half his life to date growing, supplying and sourcing the lush local produce that has adorned many a restaurant table in the Bath/Wiltshire area over the past years. Known to many local chefs and restaurateurs as “the Lord of the Green Stuff”, he’s legendary round these yer parts as the go-to guy for the ingredients that underpin the success of any independent restaurant: the leaves, roots, gourds, fruits, berries, fungi and more that represent the quintessential fresh tastes of any given British season. There’s dairy produce on the Lovejoys menu too (all sourced from farms in Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon and Somerset), alongside eggs laid just three miles away from Lovejoys HQ. Hoorah!
While Neil’s team is able to source produce from across the globe, Lovejoys roots are firmly planted in the locally sourced ethos, striving to support the local economy and keep food miles low by largely using growers based within a 10-mile radius, and aiming to only supply produce to businesses within a one-hour radius of their Melksham base. Such attention to detail means that Lovejoys can offer a unique personal service to their customers, responding immediately to requests from chefs for specialist crops (Pink Fur apples, anybody? Stripy beetroot, perhaps?) as well as offering bespoke, cost-effective menu advice around seasonal forecasts. Meanwhile, Neil is no stranger to “emergency” deliveries and an on-site prep room keeps chefs with limited time and/or no budget for a full brigade very happy indeed (fresh carrots were being freshly batoned on the day we visited). Want to “meet” Neil? There’s a lovely video on the Lovejoys company homepage right now, offering all of us an opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with one of our most beloved Local Food Heroes. Lovejoys: we salute you!
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B6 Ashville Centre, Commerce Way, Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 6ZE
Based in Melksham, Loyejoys are a 30 minute drive down the B3170. It’s wholesalers are located just off the A350 and their food store is on the Melksham High street.