borough market, london

December 5, 2011

Borough Market is one of my favourite places to go in London. It can be pretty intensely busy but if you get there early enough you have the run of the land to wander stall to stall trying samples of everything imaginable.

From olive oils, hummus, jams, mustard, olives, and cheeses (we fell head over heels for a Caerphilly [Wales represent!] and so bought it for our awesome hosts since we couldn’t bring it home), to Turkish Delight, bread, quiches, and chocolates. It’s basically a food lovers heaven.

As well as green grocers, fish mongers, butchers, and artisan traders, there’s also an incredible selection of food vendors selling things like curries, hot sandwiches, and pies.

We bought an amazing hot dog from Boston Sausage and a haloumi veggie burger from The Veggie Table which we raved about for days afterwards. I’d also highly recommend Pie Minister (best name ever?) whose selection is epic (they have locations in other parts of the country too!).

I’m just still kind of sad I didn’t get my face around one of those pork pies. I mean look at them!

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Nicole Franzen December 5, 2011 at 8:11 am

I would like some of those oysters please! I dont think I have ever had an oyster from the UK.

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Katie B. December 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

Hi Angharad, I am a fairly new reader of your site who hails from MN, currently lives in Chicago and just spent 3 months living & working in London. I have enjoyed your blog while I was there (especially the translations of common British food/terms!) and was thrilled to see your post about the Borough Market today. I fell in love with Borough Market and would go almost every weekend since I stayed only about a mile away in Shoreditch. Such a lovely place & I have had the quinoa veggie burger from Veggie Tales and also raved about it for days!

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Angharad December 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Hi Katie, thanks for your comment! I love hearing from people that I have random connections with :) – nice to hear from someone who loves Borough Market as much as me – lucky you having lived so nearby!

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hthrevr December 5, 2011 at 10:30 am

the veggie burger sounds amazing!

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Julia December 5, 2011 at 10:34 am

There are very few meat based things that will make this veggie girl’s mouth water, but those pork pies and the hot dog definitely top the list. I’ve been in the states almost 30 years, but i still love a good sausage and pork pie and still have my PG Tips and Weetabix every morning. Thanks for the pics, they are really appreciated.

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Angharad December 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Ahh good stuff, Julia! Weetabix and PG Tips every morning? Girl after my own heart! Glad you liked the pictures!

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Jean | Delightful Repast December 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I would love Borough Market! What hours is it open? I’m one of those who would have to get there as early as possible and beat the rush!

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Angharad December 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Hi Jean, you can likely find their opening hours on their website: http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/ – it’s a wonderful place, you should check it out!

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Nicola December 5, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Oh how I miss this market. The man who sells the chutney’s and jams is amazing. There is a tomato one with Nigella Seeds which is out of this world. I live in Amsterdam now and have tried to re-create it but to no avail… :-(

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Fede December 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Hey nice to hear about Boston sausages. We have been buying their stuff for our Sunday breakfast for years and we love then!

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Mandee December 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I miss burrough Market so much. I would go every Thursday after class and get lunch. I miss the Flower Power Brownies and the chicken burgers! AAHH! I can’t wait to go back to England.

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Angharad December 6, 2011 at 9:40 am

Flower Power brownies?! What amazingness is this that I missed?!!

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northfieldfarm December 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

Flour Power used to trade at Borough. Its founder, Matt Jones, is back there though & so I belive you can find his legendary brownies at the Bread Ahead stall

elise December 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm

i remember LOVING borough market. it was overwhelming, but fun to browse. now i want to go back to london. maybe not til summer though. oh shoot its the olympics this summer huh. are you gonna be in town at all during that craziness?

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Angharad December 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I will be avoiding that like the plague! All my London-based friends are slightly dreading it I think! I’m sure it will have its magical charms but all I keep thinking about is the tube. What a nightmare.

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Sarah@The Flying ONION December 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm

What a gorgeous market!

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NicoleD December 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Wow, this looks like my kind of place! I’m not sure I could choose something to eat with all of those wonderful options!

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Zach June 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I just discovered your blog on a search for a steak and ale pie recipe and then I came across this post about Borough Market. I studied abroad in London for a semester in 2011 and LOVED Borough. I miss the U.K. (and especially its food and drink) a ton, and I can’t wait to try some of your recipes to remind me of it. Thanks for putting this all together!

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Jens B October 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Brilliant, just brilliant. The Borough Market is without a doubt one of the best markets I have ever visited. Growing up in London, 62-4; 66-77, I don’t think Borough Market even existed. However on my last Haji to London, my mate suggested that we check it out. We took the tube over and my word, I was in heaven. I absolutely stuffed myself and even purchased a couple of pork pies for the trip home. Knowing it was pretty much against US policy to bring in foods, I held my breath as we cleared customs. I couldn’t help myself.. as soon as I got home, I quaffed one down and lovely looked at the other. It only lasted another couple of hours. The people, smells and sights of Borough Market should never be missed by anyone who enjoys cooking and especially eating!

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Angharad December 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Thanks for the info, Jan!

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