A Gourmet’s Guide to Borough Market’s Best Food

09 May 18
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A Gourmet’s Guide to Borough Market’s Best Food

09 May 18

A culinary institution in London, Borough Market provides a haven for foodies looking to try the latest artisanal trends, as well as traditional British favourites and foods from around the world. Arguably the best thing about Borough Market is the sheer variety of food on offer, whether you fancy aromatic curry, flaky Balkan pastry or a hearty Cumbrian cottage pie. Here are some of the best places to try on your next trip to London.

It’s hard to miss Tim Clements’ Tuscan porchetta-inspired spit-roast hog, and you shouldn’t. Marinated with rosemary, fennel, garlic, salt and pepper, these free-range pigs from Suffolk are cooked and basted for five hours before they end up on your plate, topped with homemade apple sauce, rocket and ultra-crispy crackling. Other good options for committed carnivores include the roast chicken sandwich with sage and onion stuffing from Roast on the Go, or one of Nana Fanny’s soft-as-butter salt beef bagels, topped with thick pickles and zingy mustard.

When the capital’s weather calls for something wholesome and sturdy, you can’t do better than the traditional fare on offer at Cumbrian Speciality Meats. At lunchtime, choose from a comforting cottage pie, Galloway beef stew or—our personal recommendation—their mouth-wateringly sweet Herdwick lamb wrap.


If all that meat is too much to stomach, lighten things up with the flaky filo parcels called ‘burekas’ on offer at Balkan Bites. Fillings include spinach and feta, three cheeses and tomato and basil, and each one comes with a perfectly poached egg, green tahini or their homemade hummus.

If you see pedestrians stopping in their tracks, turning their noses to the air and heading in the direction of what looks like the main exit of Borough Market—follow them. They will most likely to lead you to Kappacasein’s sensational Swiss raclette stall, where the only choice you’ll have to make is how much cheese you think you can handle in one sitting.


Alternatively, for the days when nothing but a burger will do, check out Big V London’s seriously tasty vegan versions, which, rather than ‘fake meat’ products like tofu, are made with organic, seasonal vegetables, pulses and spices.

If that doesn’t get your taste buds excited, pay a visit to Urvesh Parvais and his mother Lalita, who cook their incredibly popular Gujarati street fare and curries exclusively with recipes that have been handed down through the generations. 


Looking for something sweet to end your gastronomic tour of Borough’s best food? You can’t go wrong with the famously indulgent dulce de leche found at Porteña, or a couple of Hayleigh Bazelya’s sea salt and vanilla chocolate truffles over at the tempting Chocolicious stall. The Free From Bakehouse, meanwhile, has got you covered with their vast range of wheat-, dairy- and gluten-free treats.

Before you leave (and the inevitable food coma sets in), pick up something caffeinated at Monmouth Coffee Company—believe us, you’ll need it!


Feature images © Portena; Balkan Bites; Roast Hog; Big V, Free From Bakehose

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