Maltby St, SE1

July 3rd 2011katie

Borough Market - veg
Borough Market - olives

Much as I love the range of foody goodies on offer at London Bridge’s Borough Market, it’s just too packed out on a Saturday and often ends up being more stressful than fun. Much more relaxing is a stroll away from the crowds, past the massive queues for the London Dungeons and across a quiet council estate, to the lovely little local food suppliers tucked under the railway arches in an area known as Maltby Street.

Maltby Street

On Druid St (yes, confusingly most of the stalls aren’t actually on Maltby Street), Booth’s sells a huge range of tempting fresh fruit and veg. It’s where I picked up the samphire and courgette flowers for last weekend’s cooking exploits. They also have a good range of Asian bottled sauces, herbs and spices, and Italian storecupboard supplies like pasta and polenta. Also on this street you’ll find Neal’s Yard dairy and bakery, and the amazing La Grotta ices.

Borough Market

Just around the corner on the actual Maltby Street, Monmouth coffee is sold ready to drink or in takeout bags of beans, with none of the queues always found at their spot opposite Borough Market.

Kernel @ Maltby Street

Rope Walk is home to The Kernel‘s HQ, a craft beer brewery who produce limited runs of outstandingly good pale ales, stouts and porters. You can buy bottles to take away (Josh always stocks up) or crack one open and enjoy it at the tables set out nearby.

The Lassco wood salvage yard stores a lot of their stock under the next-door arches, and while they aren’t officially open on Saturdays you can poke around the stock.

Kernel beer

Mmmm, beer haul…

Check out to see all the businesses in the area, and here’s a good article about all the producers.

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Comments (8)

  • E V E L Y N

    July 3rd 2011 at 5:51 pm

    that looks like an amazing market!

  • smurfpop

    July 3rd 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I do love your posts about places in London – I lived there for nearly 2 years and never found/got round to visiting such lovely-sounding places :( I shall have to make a concerted effort when I move back there, and not stick to the same boring places!

  • Anushka

    July 3rd 2011 at 7:00 pm

    What a great find – thanks for sharing! I feel the same way about Borough market, and no longer go due to the crowds. I'll have to mosy along to this one :)

  • Daisy Fay

    July 4th 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Fabulous! I can't wait to check it out!

  • Eva @ Four Leaf Clover

    July 5th 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I wish I'd known about this place when I lived in London and worked right next to it! Love the look of your blog, as well!

  • Stella Newman

    July 10th 2011 at 12:43 am

    Absolutely beautiful photography

  • Kathryn

    August 14th 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Yes, Maltby Street is a great find. Lots of other great places to explore nearby in Bermondsey too. Makes for a great Saturday day out!

  • martha

    March 13th 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I am so going there !

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