Borough Market’s hidden gems
Borough Market is a source of quality British and international produce, but it is more than just a place to buy or sell food. It’s a place where people come to connect and awaken their senses. Home to over 100 traders, restaurants, bars and cafes, everyone working at the Market shares a love of food and many of them make, grow and rear the produce they sell. As well as sampling the fine produce, visitors of Borough Market come to explore, speak to traders, ask questions about the provenance of the food and to discover new flavours.
Having a plethora of quality produce a short stroll away from your workspace is a real treat, and we’re sure everyone at Uncommon Borough has their favourites, but there’s bound to be a few spots they don’t know about!
Along with the help of David Matchett, Head of Food Policy at Borough Market, here are our Borough Market top tips and hidden gems that you need to check out.
David Matchett, Head of Food Policy at Borough Market
“For a quick one stop shop to taste the best that Borough Market has to offer, pop to Elliot’s restaurant. The chef sources wonderful ingredients exclusively from the Market and prepares fresh, seasonal small plates.
When the sun is out, putting together a picnic is a Londoner’s favourite thing to do. You can choose the best bread, cheese, ham and accompaniments from our specialist traders to make your own Borough Market ploughman’s to enjoy by the river.
London is renowned for its seafood. As well as the capital’s best selection of oysters straight from the shell, Borough Market offers a chance to sample more exotic marine life. Try sea urchin roe – delicious eaten straight away, with a crab-like texture and a similar flavour to scallop roe, it’s also fantastic to take home and stir through pasta – a little goes a long way.”
Head over to Nibs Etc. to meet founder, food writer and activist Chloë Stewart, whose mission is to educate and inspire people to reduce their food waste – in the most delicious way possible. Her breakfast cereals, loaf cakes and brownies are all handmade with ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away – namely, fruit and vegetable pulp collected from local juice bars.
For the carnivores, a visit to Wild Beef offers exceptional rare-breed beef from Hillhead Farm in Chagford, Devon. Owners Richard and Lizzie Vines use traditional methods to rear a small herd of Welsh blacks and native Devon cattle. The pasture-fed meat sold on the stand is hung for a minimum of three weeks to ensure succulence and depth of flavour. The stand also offers a range of carefully selected West Country produce including free range chicken and poultry from The Ark Chicken Co, Tregothnan tea, pure and unrefined Cornish sea salt from the Lizard Peninsula, and a range of edible seaweeds harvested locally by The Cornish Seaweed Company.
John Stark & Son
A Market mainstay is John Stark & Son. John (better known as Jock) has been handling fresh fruit and veg for more years than he’d care to remember. The amiable Scot has been connected to Borough Market for more than 40 years, once as a customer sourcing produce for his greengrocers in South Nunhead. Jock’s stall boasts a careful selection of the season’s best fruit and veg from home and abroad—from locally grown strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, to dates, mangos and apricots.