If you’re hungry for some great food, exploring boutique distilleries and craft breweries then a put a trip down Maltby Street to the top of your priorities.
Whilst the railway arches along Druid Street have homed catering businesses for many years, neighbouring Maltby street has become something of a foodie’s paradise only in the last few. Being a committed caffeine addict, my last visit was back in 2013 after hearing that Monmouth Coffee had opened the doors to it’s roastery for a few hours on a Saturday. At this point there was just a handful of one-man band type vendors (Hansen & Lydersen is all I can really recall) selling their artisan products to fellow souls seeking something a little more relaxing than the Borough Market mayhem.
Returning this Sunday was quite a culture shock. With Neal’s Yard Dairy, Jensen’s Distillery and St John’s Bakery also opening their doors to weekend passing trade, Maltby Street Market has exploded into a full-on street feast. Brimming with traders and wandering punters in equal measure, there’s hot food to eat on the hoof every which-way you look.
Wafts of jerk chicken and pulled meat greet you on arrival and what with all the samples to snack on, irresistible homemade patisseries to ogle, and G&Ts to slurp, there’s much to be tasted before homing in on your trader du jour.
A few favourites included:
Who: Founded by Louise Maddy who quit her job in finance to work full-time on her avocado based dip business in 2013.
What we ate: Tough call between the Lime Pickle version, but the Pickled Beetroot and Avocado won out after spotting it slathered over bruschettas, with goats cheese and rocket.
Find them also at: Borough, Spitalfields, and Venn St. Markets
Hoxton Beach Falafel
Who: Patrick Matthews, founder of the Hoxton Beach company, fell in love with Middle Eastern cuisine after studying Arabic in Damascus.
What we ate: The Falafel Salad box, overflowing with mujadara, tabouleh, tomato salad, grilled aubergines and fresh falafel with a tahini dressing.
Find them also at: Goodge Place Market, Whitecross St. Market
Who: Beekeeper Hannah Rhodes founded Hiver Beer out of admiration towards London’s urban beekeepers and a passion for craft beer. They use honey from both urban and rural bees and donate 10% of profits to pollinator charities and urban space development projects.
What we drank: The Honey Beer – what else!
Find them also at: Available through Liberty Wines, or In A Pub app
The mix of the Monmouth Coffee type ‘bricks and mortar wholesaler turned weekend hang-out’ and one-off under-canvas traders, gives Maltby a unique street food market appeal. Yet be aware that it lacks the fresh produce of a farmer’s market typical to Borough and Brixton.
To aid the digestion process we then ambled west towards Bermondsey Street, stopping at a number of the independent shops before stumbling upon an improvised live performance by the London Sinfonietta at White Cube, the contemporary art gallery belonging to Jay Joplin. The great thing about London is that it’s full of interesting, free-entry, museums and galleries which – even if it goes straight over your head (foggy from too much gin in this case) – are a great way to wind down.
So, despite our heart belonging to SW9, a Sunday fling with the South East is definitely something to be experienced every once in a while.
Maltby St Market
Rope Walk, London SE1 3DH
Sat: 9am – 4pm
Sun: 11am – 4pm
White Cube Bermondsey
144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ