1 September 2013 § 1 Comment
I have been to London many times but never made it that mother of all farmers markets – Borough Market.
I was determined to get to the oldest market in London and that is up against some pretty ancient competition.
The architecture itself is impressive dating back to the 1860s with an art deco entrance added on in 1932. It used to be a real gritty wholesale market but with the advent of retail hours on Thursday, Friday and weekend it had become a very high end fine foods market.
With the sun streaming through the glass ceiling it felt like you were on a film set, albeit one packed with jostling tourists quaffing Pimms and eating paella.
I tried the best Caerphilly cheese ever – Gorwydd Caerphilly– super creamy but with a slightly lemony nutty bite. I ended up buying a big hunk of it that lasted a few hours.
The local produce was British at its best: juicy sweet strawberries, succulent oysters, venison, plenty of freshly hung game, scallops glistening in their shells.
For the first time ever I encountered English charcuterie. The Kent chorizo was an interesting take on bangers.
Like a microcosm of London as well as being quintessentially English, Borough Market has a very international feel, and I’m not just talking about all the foreign tourists. There were overflowing bowls of Turkish olives, Croatian olive oil, huge steaming pans of paella (made with British seafood though), Comté cheese from France and Darjeeling Tea.
If you’re in London, Borough Market is worth a trip: stunning architecture, a smorgasbord of food both local and international, and some other interesting sights.