Visit Maltby Street Market at Lassco Ropewalk in Bermondsey on Saturday and Sunday which is an artisan food fest. You can also feast at the Druid Street Food Market at the same time which is close by. If you’re looking for things to do in London at the weekend, or want to graze the best food in the city make sure you pay a visit to Maltby Street Market.
Maltby Street Market Lassco Ropewalk
To find the market head for Ropewalk which is where the Lassco reclamation yard is based along with their timber flooring workshops under the railway arches. The street gets extremely busy at the weekend thanks to the artisan food stalls and permanent eateries. I’ll mention some of the food and drink available from the Ropewalk side, these are the ones I could see through the crowds which will give you a taster of what to expect.
Hoxton Beach Salad and Falafel Box
The Cheese Truck: Go for a gooey grilled cheese sandwiches featuring Keens Cheddar, Cropwell Bishop Stilton or Queso Chihuahua Mexican cheese.
The Beefsteaks: Enjoy a steak sandwich or steak and chips with a choice of béarnaise, peppercorn and chimichurri sauces or horseradish cream
Sub Cult: Fill up on an interesting gourmet sandwich using top notch seasonal produce.
Finest Fayre: Tuck into haddock or haggis scotch eggs, sausage rolls and pork pies.
Finest Fayre Artisan Scotch Eggs
Bagley’s: Live the high life with a glass of champagne, oysters, lobster roll or eggs benedict with seafood.
Hoxton Beach: Graze on fresh and tasty falafel boxes or wraps with various salads and hummus. Homeboy and I tried the wraps which were filled with super fresh salads and that falafel was first class.
Tozino: Hang out in the cool Barcelona style tapas bar with hanging hams and Iberico sandwiches sold from a stall on the street.
Tozino Iberico sandwiches
African Volcano: Buy Mozambique style peri peri sauces plus marinades by Grant Hawthrone.
The Gay Farmer: Take home a bottle of Spanish organic extra virgin olive oil.
Bad Brownie Co: Treat yourself to a Snickers, peanut butter, triple chocolate or salted caramel brownie. Homeboy and I shared one salted caramel brownie and it was awesome.
Bad Brownie Co Selection Box
Comptoir Gourmand: Buy artisan cakes from the stall or pop into the cafe where you can order hot soup, salads, quiches and more cakes. My friends Alan and Rich ordered his food from inside the cafe and enjoyed their salad, quiche and soup.
Maltby & Greek: Sit down and refresh with a wine or beer from small and artisan producers.
The Modern Beer Co: Take home a quality beer from Partizan, Beavertown, Redchurch and other credible breweries.
Little Bird Gin: Sip a London Dry Gin with pink grapefruit, sweet orange peel and ginger along with other botanicals.
Little Bird Gin
Druid Street Market is Next to Maltby Street Market
If you walk through one of the tunnels you will see more stalls and railway arches selling food and drink along Druid Street. To give you an idea of what to expect I’ll mention some of these.
Druid Street Market
Doddle Bar: Pop in for a tipple or two.
Constancia: Feast on Argentinian grilled food like steak sandwiches at this cool food truck.
Monty’s Deli: Savour the pastrami and salt beef sandwiches where everything is created by hand including curing the meat, baking the bagels and making the mustard.
Monty’s Deli Queue
The Goyza Guys: Try these meat, fish and poultry goyza plus noodles at the dumpling shack.
Lemporio: Taste Italian specialty cured meats, cheeses, olives and more.
St John: Get a sugar rush with the seasonal doughnuts, try one of their famous Eccles cakes and take home some bread (on both Maltby and Druid Street sides). Homeboy and I shared one of the chocolate doughnuts, I know we’d already shared a brownie some ten minutes earlier but we couldn’t resist!
St John Doughnuts
Maltby Street Market Information
You’ll find the Maltby Street food stalls along Ropewalk, London SE1 3PA, where Lassco is based. Lassco is a famous architectural reclamation yard and this branch specialises in reclaimed and new wooden flooring. You’ll notice several railway arches with stacks of wooden planks. The artisan food vendors set up their stalls along the street and in the arches. It gets very crowded so isn’t ideal to take push chairs or dogs, however Druid Street has more space. Make sure you pop into Lassco for a browse while you are there to see the vintage and industrial furniture, floorboards and tiles.
Maltby & Greek Drinking Den Under the Arches
The Maltby Street stalls at Ropewalk set up on Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. The Druid Street Market is on Saturday 10am-4pm. The closest transport hubs are Bermondsey Underground (Jubilee Line), London Bridge Underground (Jubilee and Northern Lines) and London Bridge Railway (Southern, Thameslink and Southeastern). Enjoy!
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Rich, Alan and Homeboy for visiting with me.