Maltby Street market in Bermondsey has, in 18 short months, established itself as the slightly subversive foodie Mecca of London. Since the summer of 2010, every Saturday from 9am-2pm a handful of food merchants have picked up and moved East from Borough Market.
Tucked away under individual railway arches off Maltby and Druid Street you can find the best artisan food has to offer from Coleman Coffee to Tozino’s jamon. The Lassco, an architectural salvage company, own a large unit along Maltby Street and provide the perfect backdrop for the market with bits of discarded wrought iron and chimney stacks littering the sides of the path. With the amount on offer here we thought it would be helpful to lay out our ideal menu from a selection of stalls. Please feel free to throw in other suggestions; this is just a nice cross-section.
Start off with an espresso from local roasters Coleman coffee (try it before admonishing us for the absence of Monmouth) before walking round onto Druid Street and picking up a Brown sour dough loaf from St John’s Bakery. Walk back under the arches and pay a visit to Tozino for some delicious jamon. Just a few arches down you will find the salami outpost of The Ham and Cheese Co. pick up a Cochon Basque salami before spinning around to the cheese counter and grabbing one of the colossal buffalo mozzarella’s on offer. Last but not least grab a draft Pale Ale from The Kernel Brewery stall and take a seat amongst the architectural oddities for a unique London picnic experience.
Be warned, The Ham and Cheese Company and The Kernel Brewery will be gone within a month, with both moving down along the tracks to a new site off Spa Road.
Photo by Sam Frankl