Moving to a new place is always hard, you take for granted all the small connections that go into making a place home and it is only when you leave that you truly appreciate what you had. Over the years I have slowly cultivated my own personal list of the best food purveyors in London. Unsurprisingly it has changed over time, and places I once considered high quality have been replaced either by newcomers or my ever increasing standards.
Working at Borough Market for Sally Clarke was my first real interaction with London’s top producers and importers. It was here that I learnt about provenance and seasonality. Thanks to an unwritten rule of trade discounts and end of the day swaps we were able to sample each others wares and slowly I was able to separate the wheat from the chaff. I can now manoeuver my way around in about 20 minutes thus avoiding the frustration that comes from getting stuck amongst the slow-moving herd of grazers that populate the market.
Whilst efficient it is not much fun, hence my attraction to Maltby Street. I am not sure exactly how it begun but for the time being it remains a grazing free zone and for that I am thankful. In truth it is not really a market at all, more a collective of like-minded people. Following the lead of Monmouth Coffee Co and Neal’s Yard Dairy several other companies decided to base themselves in the Railway arches around Bermondsey, and this little foodie enclave has developed. Luckily for me all my favourite Borough stalls are here (except the Ginger Pig). So while I am finding my feet in a new city you can enjoy the one I left behind.
Monmouth coffee, old school but still the best.
Neal’s Yard Dairy, for British cheeses (and parmesan) the best around.
Ham and Cheese Company, unrivalled parma ham, mozzarella, chorizo, Jesus salami and more.
St John Bakery, fantastic bread and the best sugar-coated custard doughnuts in the world
Fern and Verrow, impeccable fruit and veg but at a price! (Booths around the corner offers a cheaper alternative)
For all the others see the Maltby Street website.