New Covent Garden Market has won the right to develop its policy of becoming the Larder of London by adding meat and fish to its face-to-face trading role.

Over-the-counter trading of meat and fish by trade buyers will now be allowed.

The Court of Appeal had ruled in favour of the Corporation of London rejecting the move, but Defra and the market authority appealed to the Lords, which this week ruled in ­favour of the change.

Baroness Dean, chairman of the New Covent Garden Authority, said: "This is an important breakthrough for London's food retailers."

The Corporation of London controls Smithfield and Billingsgate markets.