Butty Boys at Borough Market

 

Legend has it that Borough Market began life at the end of the original London Bridge when it was built by the Romans. Or was it King Canute? Anyway, the first written recordof its existence dates from 1276 and it moved to its present sitenearby in 1754, which at over 250+ years, still makes it London’s oldest market. The surrounding Victorian streets and buildings have been used as set locations for several films, including Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Richard III and the Elephant Man.

Things have changed a lot since the good old days of course. Now Borough is justifiably famous for its farmer’s market which attracts an upmarket crowd, ready to pay top dollar for quality produce. On Saturday when we went it was heaving with Londoners and tourists, all hungrily perusing a massive range of artisan food stalls.  As well as handmade Melton Mowbray pork pies, Lincolnshire sausages and Wakefield rhubarb, this is the place to come for your German bread, Spanish charcuterie, Greek olives and fresh Mozzarella di Bufala (flown in every morning), and it’s all top tackle.

Stick and I were here to graze rather than to gather and, after a starter of samples of exotic cheeses and bread dipped in various grades of cold-pressed olive oil from several stalls, we settled down in the yard of Southwark cathedral next door to devour delicious grilled koftas, sandwiched in French bread, topped with charred halloumi and dripping with harissa. These went down with hearty tumblers of hot, spiced red wine and cider and a duo of Portuguese egg custard tarts finished things off nicely. Multi-cultural munching is the way forward.

Wholesale is from 2am every day and retail from midday on Thursday and Friday and all day on Saturday. Many of the traders here can also be found at the much smaller but equally excellent Broadway Market on Saturdays in London Fields. Get to both if you can.

3 Responses to “Butty Boys at Borough Market”

  1. ali leeming Says:

    What are crumbles? sweet or savoury – look irresistable either way. God I miss England.

  2. Don’t they have any good horse restaurants in Lexington Ali?
    Seems like they should😀

    Hard to see on the pic but the sign says Nutty Crumbles, some sort of veggie concoction. Nice to look at but I don’t know if you’d want to eat it🙂 x

  3. Btw, it’s going to be a long time before Sheffield gets a market like this.

    http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/163_63m_bill_for_sheffield_s_new_moor_market_1_1832138

    so you’re not missing anything here

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