Food Market Review: Borough Market. I’m lucky to live a fifteen-minute walk from the foodie heaven of Borough Market. Visit if you’re looking for the best food markets in London, places to eat near London Bridge or you want to buy fresh produce and artisan food. It’s a must for all food lovers.
Busy Borough Market
Borough Market Food Stalls and Shops
You will find a selection of stalls and mini-shops dotted around the large market, so make sure you see them all! I’ll list a few of the Traders to give you an idea of what you can expect. For fresh produce Try Chegworth Valley, Elsey & Bent, Ted’s Veg, Paul Wheeler and Turnips. They sell British grown fruit, veg, salad, herbs and wild mushrooms.
Cheese lovers will be so happy because there is so much choice. A few of the sellers include Alsop & Walker who are East Sussex cheesemakers, Blackwoods who is a Brockley (London) based cow’s milk cheesemaker. The big Neal’s Yard Dairy shop is well worth investigating for British cheese. For imported cheese try the Borough Cheese Company. Swiss cheese is available at Jumi Cheese and Mons. If you want a comforting toasted cheese sandwich or raclette, find the Kappacasein shop. There are more cheese stalls and shops, so make sure you try a little nibble (of cheese) at each!
Meat lovers will be content with a good selection of cured meats available from Brindisa, the Spanish food importers. Also, try The Parma Ham and Mozzarella Stand for their regional cured meats from Italy. If you want to try ostrich or unusual meat seek out the Exotic Meat Co. Ginger Pig is famous for British meat products and a favourite of many restaurants.
Brindisa Spanish Foods Shop
Seafood and fish are plentiful. Try Applebee’s Fish which is a café and fishmongers. Oak & Smoke sell smoked fish, Richard Haward and the Wright Brothers specialise in oysters. For fish and hand-dived scallops from Devon try Shellseekers Fish & Game.
Richard Haward’s Oysters
Baked goods can be found at Bread Ahead, who also runs a bakery school. For rye bread try Karaway Bakery. Comptoir Gourmand sells fabulous French-style cake and pastries. Local Bermondsey bread and pastries can be bought from Olivier’s Bakery. The Flour Station is the place for artisan sourdough bread. Konditor & Cook has a shop where you can purchase celebration cakes. Confectionery and sweet treats are available from Gelateria 3Bis, which is a traditional Italian gelato shop. If you fancy trying something a little different, the Greedy Goat serves natural goat’s milk ice cream. You can buy chocolates from So Chocolicious and handmade fudge from Whirld.
There is a lot more available, including dry pasta, fresh pasta, olive oil, truffles, eggs, spices, preserves, condiments and the list goes on.
Borough Market Restaurants and Street Food
I’ve lived in the vicinity for a year now so have managed to eat at a few restaurants in Borough Market and nearby. I can recommend these places: Roast: Located in the iconic Floral Hall building, Roast serves British dishes made from Borough Market fresh produce. Brindisa: The perfect place to try tapas and make sure you buy some food to take home from their shop in Floral Hall. Fish!: If you want excellent fish and chips, you must visit this restaurant. Arabica: For healthy and super tasty Middle Eastern dishes visit Arabica. Flor: Savour a selection of Modern European small plates at this new bakery, cafe, bar and restaurant. 26 Grains: Enjoy a bowl of porridge, crepes or a savoury tart.
El Pastor: I love the tacos here, really tasty and super cute! Arthur Hooper’s: Overlooking Borough Market, this eatery and bar serve seasonally inspired small places sourced from local traders at the market. You will see long queues outside Padella which serves pasta dishes. I will try to eat there if the line ever subsides!
If you work in the vicinity or you’re a tourist looking for a quick bite, try the street food stalls and hot food counters. You can sample salt beef bagels and sandwiches, paella, falafel wraps, pies, fish and chips, empanadas, wild mushroom risotto, scotch eggs, salt and pepper chilli squid, hot waffles, soul food, Indian food and more.
Salt Beef Bagels and Sandwiches
A few of my favourites include the toasted cheese sandwich from Kappacasein, halloumi wraps at Gourmet Goat and chips from Fish! There are a few pubs in the area if you fancy a pint. Try the famous Market Porter on Stoney Street.
Toasted Cheese Sandwich from Kappacasein
Monmouth Coffee is the perfect place to get your caffeine fix. If you want to be healthy, buy an organic juice with a shot of wheatgrass.
Borough Market Information
To find out more about this historic food market, established in 1756, go to the Borough Market Website. As you explore the site take a good look around because you will spot something interesting like the ‘Rents’ board and the green metal and glass roof. Since writing this article a new food court area has opened up called The Borough Market Kitchen which you can read about here. Borough Market is opposite London Bridge underground station Borough exit. Or you can walk from Borough station. The address is 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL. The market is open Monday to Saturday but please note that Monday and Tuesdays it is a limited market. Opening times are generally 10 am until 5 pm but open until 6 pm on Friday. During December the market is usually open on Sundays.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London.