I’ve always thought it was a great shame that Borough Market isn’t open on a Sunday. Personally, I think Sundays are better days to head off in search of hangover cure street food at a market. In search of doing exactly that, last Sunday I wandered on down to Maltby Street Market in Bermondsey, not far from Tower Bridge. It took me slightly longer than I thought it would do to get there. Unfortunately Maltby Street market isn’t as close to the tube as Borough Market is. It’s not quite as big either. But it is hidden away in railway arches which are usually a reformation yard during the week. It helps to explain away the unusual timber products, prison cell doors and signs you’ll find dotted around the market as you walk along.
It’s a completely different vibe to Borough Market. It’s probably a little unfair to compare the two. Maltby Street Market opened in 2010, is much smaller and also happens to have quite a few less tourists and be less crowded than Borough Market. It’s quite a plus point in its favour for those of us nursing sore heads. The market itself is hidden away in a railway viaduct, which also houses a reclamation yard, which can help to explain the unusual timber products, prison cell doors and signs that you’ll find dotted around the market as you walk along.
Once you have found it though, you’ll be grateful for the extra walk. There’s some serious food on offer. You’ll probably want to fill your boots a little.
We made a beeline straight for The Beefsteaks. Amazing steak served with a great range of sauces on incredible crusty bread. You know when you just know that the traders are super into their product and they love their offering? Add in triple cooked chips and you know you’re onto a winner.
I’ve really warmed to gin lately so I had to head to Little Bird Gin. Their little section of Maltby Street Market is full of vintage furniture and glassware with a wicked 40s theme. It helps a little bit that the gin they serve is around 40%. If you’re heading to Maltby Street Market as a cure for a hangover like I was, then this is definitely the hair of the dog solution. We treated ourselves to a gin with some pink grapefruit, it was zingy and I’ll be back for more.