Foodhall Review: Seven Dials Market. At last, KERB has opened its first indoor food market in Covent Garden London. This is the perfect location for a food and drink hub for theatre-goers and anyone who works in the area. The entrance to the building is called Cucumber Alley, which is home to stalls selling fruit, veg, bread, pastries, ice cream, wine, and more delicious goodies. Venture inside the main hall called the Banana Warehouse, and you’ll find street food vendors selling everything from vegan tacos to artisan cheese on a conveyor belt. The Seven Dials Market is located inside a former banana warehouse which was the Thomas Neals shopping centre and it is well worth a visit for street food fans.
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Seven Dials Market Cucumber Alley
When you step inside the Food Market you are in Cucumber Alley which used to be a Cucumber Chamber. This section of the Food Market is designed to give Londoners a place to buy fresh produce. You’ll find fruit and veg, plants and flowers, along with bread and pastries.
The current vendors include:
Crown & Queue: Pig out on cured meats using medieval methods including Pig Tails, Snacking Sausages, Scotch Eggs and English Salami.
Roadkill: Buy your Dexter Breed Beef here (Fillet, Rib-Eye, Sirloin, Rump, etc) or Old Spot Pork (Rib-Eye, Chops, Ribs, Head, etc).
Hackney Gelato: Delicious small-batch Italian recipe ice cream with amazing flavour combinations. Try the Pistachio with Almond and Lemon or Coconut and Lime Sorbet.
Hackney Gelato: Bakewell Tart Ice Cream
England Preserves: Amazing artisan jams made in Bermondsey. Grab yourself a jar of Raspberry Deluxe or Gooseberry and Elderflower and you’ll look forward to getting up for jam on toast at breakfast time. They serve crumpets which is a must for any visitors to London.
Karaway: Take home a Rye Bread, Brioche Loaf or Pastries from this family-run London bakery. They specialise in rye bread using authentic Lithuanian recipes.
Karaway: Bread and Pastries
Wheelcake Island: If you fancy a soft, moist and fluffy Taiwanese pancake then make sure you stop off at Wheelcake Island as we did! Fillings include Adzuki Bean, Chocolate, Matcha and Vanilla Custard.
Wheelcake Island: Wheelcakes
Panzers: You’ll be greeted by the vibrant colours as you walk into Cucumber Alley. Pick up your five a day fruit and veggies from this stall.
Panzers: Fresh Fruit and Veg
English Flowerhouse There’s no excuse not to fill your home with fresh flowers or pretty plants thanks to the market florist stall.
English Flowerhouse: Market Flowers
Bottle Shop: Buy interesting drinks including Renegade Wines and Gipsy Hill Brewery.
East London Liquor Company: This East London Gin, Vodka and Whisky Distillery is worth visiting if you’re a fan of locally made spirits.
Seven Dials Market Banana Warehouse
The main hall has a stunning glass roof with two levels of street food vendors around the outside. Upstairs the set-up is more about the individual eateries with their own seating. Downstairs you will find the vendors around the perimeter with communal seating in the middle. The interiors are stripped back with a warehouse feel. There are a few banana plants and decorative nods to remind you that this used to be a banana warehouse.
The current vendors include:
Monty’s Deli: Jewish food including Salt Beef, Pastrami, Latkes and other comforting options.
Claw: Sustainable seafood with a focus on shellfish including Crab Mac ‘N Cheese and Lobster Roll.
Pick & Cheese: Fun sushi-style conveyer belt by The Cheese Bar which includes over 25 cheeses served in different ways which you can enjoy with natural wine from small producers. You may need to wait to be seated at this eatery.
Pick & Cheese: Cheese on Conveyor Belt
Club Mexicana: 100% Vegan Mexican street food including Burritos, Nachos and Tacos. We tried 3 tacos for £10 which included Vegan Chorizo, Pork and Mushrooms with Smoked Tofu, these went down very quickly indeed!
Club Mexicana: Vegan Tacos
Nanban: Japanese soul food such as Tokyo Modern Ramen, Market Veg Ramen, and the Curry Lamb Mazemen.
Yum Bun: Steamed buns with Pork, Tofu or Chicken fillings. Sides include Sichuan Aubergine, Lamb and Fennel ‘Yumplings’ and Green Bean Fries.
Yin: Chinese food by the Rice Guys. Choose from Cantonese Iberico Pork Rice, Funghi Steamed Rice Roll or Soy Roasted Chicken Wings.
Yin: Rice Bowl
Strozzapreti: We tried the Cauliflower Spaghetti with garlic and chilli oil which featured creamed cauliflower and roasted almonds on top. This was very tasty indeed with a strong garlic and chilli hit. Other kinds of pasta include Tomato Tagliatelle, Aubergine or Cheese Fondue Strozzapreti.
Strozzapreti: Cauliflower Spaghetti
El Pollote: Fried chicken fans can feast on Chicken Wings, Chicken Burgers or Chicken Arepas with a side order of Yuca or Skinny Fries.
Truffle: Try a Truffle Burger which is available with Aged Beef and as a Veggie Option which we ordered, and it was awesome. We loved the Truffle and Parmesan Chips.
Truffle: Veggie Truffle Burger with Truffle and Parmesan Chips
Ink: Try the Next Level Fish and Chips, Crispy Calamari or Whitebait. Kids might like Fish Nuggets with Chips.
Ink: Fish and Chips
Big Shot: You can get a coffee at Big Shot. The donuts are very good which include Vegan varieties. We tried the Smores Donut which was gone in a couple of seconds! You can also try Soft Serve Ice Cream with different sprinkles or inside an Ice Cream.
Big Shot: Smores Donut
Drinks: You can buy drinks from the bar downstairs or Square Root Sodas upstairs who also serve popcorn.
Market Bookshop: The perfect place to browse books dedicated to food and drink. This room can be hired out for private events.
Seven Dials Market Covent Garden London Information
Food Market Exterior
To find out more about the KERB Food Market at Covent Garden go to the Seven Dials Market Website. The address is Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LX. The nearest tube station is Covent Garden, or you can walk from Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road or Holborn. Current opening times listed are Monday to Saturday 11 am until 11 pm and Sunday 12 pm until 10.30 pm. Enjoy your visit.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London.