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.
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.
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.
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.
Mmmm, beer haul…
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