The Food Market at Maltby Street and Druid Street – Underneath the Arches in Bermondsey
Saturday’s 9.00 – 14.00
Under the railway tracks in old warehouses, this foodie destination is a treasure of a find. Not strictly a market as such – the arches are now home to independent food producers, in some cases two or three businesses share an arch. Everyone takes the time to talk about their foods and provenance. All have excellent ‘good food’ credentials, many are spin-offs from nearby Borough Market – Monmouth Coffee, The Borough Cheese Company, Mons and Neal’s Yard for Cheeses, the St John bakery and Gergovie Wines…
Away from the fray, they have the time and are keen to tell their stories – just where those multicoloured rare breed eggs come from, a taste of delicious organic wines and how they are produced, how bio-dynamically grown vegetables are best, cheese farmer stories France and the UK.
Jacob’s Ladder Farms At 104 Druid Street Jacob’s Ladder Farms from Sussex, sell meat from their own farm and from a selection of farmers they work very closely with in their area and they also sell on behalf of Ladymeads Farm these delightful organic rare breed eggs which look so pretty we just had to buy some and take it from us – they have a wonderful flavour!
Also sharing 104 are Kase – great selection of Swiss cheeses and Topolski’s Polish cured meats and pickles.
Rare in London there are very few tourists – mainly Londoners in search of slow food adventures.
A good starting point is Monmouth Coffee at Maltby Street – grab a delicious coffee and croissant and sit outside in the sunshine – Monmouth has converted part of this industrial style building that handles their roasting and grinding into a smart coffee shop – you can also buy the beans!
Arranged in a vague rectangle – head off south east, with the railway arches to your left past Lassco’s architectural salvage yard you’ll come to Gergovie wines.
Pass on to Stanworth Street to Mons and Neal’s Yard Cheeses – at the end you can stop off for a beer at Kernel Brewery (actually brewed in the arches) before passing Stanworth Street – Wines from Aubert & Mascoli, Borough Cheese Company and Coleman Coffee Roasters.
Stroll under the railway and through to Druid Street – Jacob’s Ladder, Topolski and Kase Cheeses are on your left – incredible selection of fruit and vegetables at Booths (From young nettle leaves to garlic leaves and Thai aubergines) and bread and sweet cakes at St John’s Bakery – you will find you’ve come full circle.
By now you will be laden with everything you need for a delicious weekend…
Gergovie Dinner and Wine Evenings We discovered that Gergovie Wines have a special event most Friday nights in their arch at 40 Maltby Street – a fixed price menu (decided the Wednesday before) using seasonal ingredients is £25 not including their organic wines – we’re gathering a party together to try this out, so more to follow…