When I first wandered around the Borough Market in London, I was not impressed.
Being the month of December, perhaps only half the stalls were open, which should have been expected. Even with the Christmas décor, I simply didn’t feel like I was in my happy place as I usually am when I visit foodie markets. Should I blame that offset feeling on London’s gray weather?
The saving grace was visiting my favorite cheesemonger, Neal’s Yard Dairy, which has a storefront nearby on Park Street. This place is a cheese lovers paradise filled with specialty cheeses from the U.K. and Ireland! The U.S. restaurants I worked at used to buy some of the company’s cheeses, so that’s how I first was introduced to Keen’s Cheddar, Lincolnshire and Stichelton. Every time we visit London or a Londoner visits us, I stock up on my favorite English cheeses.
Fast forward seven months, in July, I tagged along on one of my husband’s business trips to London. I decided to repay Borough Market a second visit after talking to his London colleague who was crestfallen that I didn’t love the market too!
This time, the market was bustling with people, many tourists, of course. Simply put, Borough Market felt more alive than my first visit.
I tried some so-so pad Thai, but then I sampled some yummy Turkish delights from the friendly Turks.
The market features cuisines and products from all over the world including: Croatia, India, Italy, Spain and even American desserts.
The moist (nut-free) chocolate brownie I bought was easily the best I’ve had outside the U.S. except for my own, of course. I followed that sweet treat with a refreshing IPA beer at the nearby Wheatsheaf.
I wandered by several stalls selling fresh, seasonal produce.
The market had everything that any foodie would love! So this time, I was very pleased!
I still cannot put my finger on why I disliked the Borough Market so much on my first visit, but I’m happy I gave it a second chance.
|The nearby Wine Wharf looked like the perfect place to spend happy hour, especially when it's buy one glass, get one free from 4-7 p.m.|
8 Southwark Street, London (A short walk from the London Bridge Underground stop.)
Website and map: http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/