February 9th, 2013
A market is said to have existed on or near the current site of Borough Market since 1014. The current buildings were erected between 1851 and 1860. They have seen a considerable amount of change over the last ten years – next week sees the reopening of Three Crown Square, closed for building work and refurbishment since 2009.
Borough Market acts as a wholesale food market from 2 – 8 am and since the late 90′s on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays it houses a retail market selling fine foods to the general public. It can be busy at lunchtimes, when local office workers visit to buy hot food and sandwiches. It’s especially busy on Saturdays, being popular with tourists and those looking to purchase high quality and exotic foods.
and a spectacular selection of fish
which very few fishmongers in London can equal.
There are still a considerable amount of game birds on sale, but as the season has finished it’s likely to be the last week they are available, until the end of next Autumn.
The market is made up of several areas, with railway lines from London Bridge Station crossing above them. Passing through a Victorian railway arch into the Green Market, next to Southwark Cathedral, it’s sad to see that some things haven’t changed in 150 years – there’s a Dickensian looking old man begging next to the right hand side of the archway.
Bread Ahead Bakery stood out from other bakers at the market with their spectacular Le Pain Grand – middle left, which must be nearly 3 feet long!
There is, of course, a large selection of vegetables, including pears from Kent and tomatoes from the Isle of White.
I was completely blown away by the British charcuterie sold by Cannon and Cannon,
in particular their Scottish venison chorizo, which was so good it could have come from Spain.
I particularly enjoy the fact that you can try the cheese and cured meats before you buy.
I hadn’t visited for a while until recently, but it has struck me that Borough is every bit as good as the Boqueria in Barcelona and other old school European markets.
Borough Market is at: 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL