Borough is one of my favorite markets in London. The first time I visited Borough Market was back in 2015, and every time that I revisited London I always came back to this food haven. There are a variety of vendors from fresh markets, food stalls, restaurants, and cafes. It is an exciting place to visit especially if you enjoy gastronomy.
Borough Market had a long history of tribulations, dating back as far as 1,000 years ago. It took a millennium of evolution, politics, restructuring, and being killed off by big corporate grocers to find its resurge again in the 1990’s.
In the 1990s, a few pioneering artisan food businesses began moving into the area’s abandoned warehouses. In 1998, two of these newcomers—Neal’s Yard Dairy and Brindisa—and Turnips, a forward-looking fruit and veg wholesaler, began opening their doors to the public for occasional ‘warehouse sales’. Later that year, a three-day Food Lovers’ Fair was held at the market, gathering together around 50 of Britain’s finest food producers. The event was a roaring success, with many traders selling out within hours.– Borough Market Website
The reason I appreciate Borough Market so much is the same reason this market currently thrives. Many of the traders (vendors) are the food producers themselves. What this means is that they are behind what they sell from the beginning; they catch the fish, they raise the farm animals, or they are the cheesemakers. All the food, meat, and produce is of exceptional quality and high standards, as it never gets caught up in the corporate food chains.
The market itself is located in a cool location on Southwark Street in Central London. All of the market stalls are tucked away underneath bridges, and a large glass Victorian roof. There are a few places to sit, but mostly it is myriad of walking, standing, and noshing.
Scottish Egg from ‘Scotchtails’ | Roast Pork Sandwich from ‘Roast Hog’
There is such a great variety of mouthwatering food options at Borough Market from Scottish eggs, gourmet cheeses and charcuterie, Middle Eastern dishes, Artisan bread to fresh seafood, and the list goes on and on.
Borough Market caters to all culinary lifestyles as well. There were several traders that offered a variety of vegan, vegetarian, and healthy dishes. My favorite vegetarian food item was a skewer stacked with fresh grilled asparagus and melted butter. I am a pushover for fresh asparagus and butter!
Another of my favorite traders selling sweet little things was Comptoir Gourmand, which is owned by Chef and Patissier Sebastien Wind. This delightful but sinful food stand sells quality French cakes and pastries which all looked marvelous. I did purchase a couple of pastries but this was my favorite, the cream filled Pistachio Brionut- Delicious!
Borough Market is the place to graze while in London. For the foodies, gourmands and gluttons; you can spend an hour or two walking though the maze of food stalls while inhaling all the delicious smells. Deciding on what you want to eat is the hardest part because one can only eat so much- I know, I have tried!
Borough Market is the place to eat well. It is a place meant to enjoy a high quality food experience from traders who know their food craft. It took a millennium for this market to get where it is now, and we are so very grateful for it.
For traders, location and hours – BOROUGH MARKET
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