Maltby street market is a Saturday only market quietly tucked away in a corner of Bermondsey. It operates weekly from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Despite being only a stone throw away from the overwhelmingly busy Borough market, it is surprisingly relatively unknown to the generally public except for those in the foodie circle. The market stalls occupied the converted arches underneath the railway bridge, surrounded by neighbouring warehouses. The rumbling of overhead trains above the arches that runs every so often gave this market a quirky and artisan charm. A place where passionate stall holders sells their produce in an amiable surrounding. Not perhaps the most obvious choice of a food destination but for those in the know, this is where a visit every Saturday morning become a must.
A perfect day will start with some gorgeous breakfast in Bea's diner or a doughnut or two from St. John's Bakery along Druid street. These can then lead to some beautiful top-quality meat from Jacob's Ladder Farm butcher or fresh, seasonal vegetables from Booths. Obviously for any true coffee aficionado, a cup of Monmouth Coffee's flat white will quench that caffeine crave nicely, before continuing their day with impeccable fresh seafood from Christchurch Fish. For those who want to savour the fruit de la mer at their best, they also have a stall nearby cooking all these freshly caught seafood on the spot.
In case you are too enchanted by these amazing displays of food heaven and ended up staying longer than you planned to and felt a bit peckish, there is always the popular Monty's Deli's pastrami sandwich. Even the famous José has a stall selling their signature classic tortilla and other Spanish tapas for you to nibble at. If there's a sweet tooth that need to be catered for, there's the delicate patisserie treats from Comptoir Gourmand or Bea's Of Bloomsbury. Fine Cheeses from Neal Yard's Dairy, smoked salmon and some Iberico ham will also be a lovely addition to someone's grocery basket. And of course, a bottle of the brilliantly spicy African Volcano Peri-peri sauce from the Chef, Grant Hawthorne is a must for the chilli fan and a block of the finest Colombian drinking chocolate will not go amiss either.
For a more substantial meal, there's always the 40 Maltby Street where one can partake in some fine wine tasting along with simple tapas-style small plateful of fresh delights.
Finally, to top it all off, take a short stroll to the The Kernel Brewery on dockley road to sample some of the best perfumed beer that you will ever taste and walk away a some sweet honey from The London Honey Company. Sounds like a perfect day ? It was indeed.
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