Thursday, 8 March 2012

An Icy Morning at Borough Market

February was such a busy month with so much to blog about that I hope you won’t mind if I take you back to an icy Saturday morning four weeks ago.  It was the day before the snow finally came to London and we had agreed to meet up at Borough Market at 10am.  Did I mention it was cold? And icy?  Well, it really was!

It seems strange to me now that I didn’t like Borough Market the first time I visited.  Well, it was at 1pm on a particularly hot and busy summer Friday afternoon, when the market was absolutely heaving with customers.  Now I love Borough Market and I’m going to share a couple of my favourite stalls.  You will find all of these stalls in the Green Market which is just in front of Southwark Cathedral.  It seems I accidentally sneaked in a couple of photos of the cathedral when I was going around the market.

Borough Market - raclette stall

This is Kappacasein, otherwise known as the raclette stall.  If you have never tried the Swiss dish raclette (made from serving raclette cheese with any number of vegetables or potatoes) then you are really missing out.  Do yourself a favour and rush off to Borough Market and try them out.  The stall is easily recognisable from its traditionally long queue!

Borough Market - Kentish Pickled Mushrooms and other foods

Fitz Fine Foods sells the most interesting products like Kentish Pickled Walnuts, Kentish Cobnut Oil and various Gallic pates and terrines.  I tend to steer clear of foie gras for ethical reasons but am quite happy to sample the Kentish products.

Borough Market - cheese heaven

As a child, I was relatively convinced that I had mouse blood in me and I’m known to sit down with a paring knife and a block of cheese and polish the whole thing off. I don’t really think I need to explain why Mons Cheesemongers is one of my favourite stalls.

Southwark Cathedral

First accidental photo of Southwark Cathedral. Here the cathedral appears to be basking in the sun but it really wasn’t.

Borough Market - hot milky chai

In my opinion, no visit to Borough Market is complete without a cup of delicious organic hot milky chai.  I am already particularly partial to chai (a spicy, cinnamon-infused tea) but it is particularly good from this stall.

Borough Market - merchandise

The chaps at the Borough Market merchandise were on fine form the morning I visited and as friendly as ever. Hint: nothing says “I’ve been to London” better than a swish Borough Market bag or apron!

Borough Market - bratwurst and frankfurter

Sausages are second only to cheese in my list of favourite foods and German sausages are divine.  I would definitely recommend a Bratwurst from The German Deli with perhaps some sauerkraut and a side of German mustard.

Borough Market - thank you

Thank you for taking visiting Borough Market with me today!  And for being patient while I sneaked in a couple of photos of the cathedral.

Southwark Cathedral 2

Is there something in your world that you simply can’t walk past without photographing?  What about something you’ve always wanted to capture but never seem to be in the right place at the right time with the right camera?

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15 comments

  1. I love reports from local markets!
    I would love to join you for this chai and sausage:)maybe next time:)

    Life and travelling
    Cooking

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  2. You have made me SO hungry! And I can't get off for lunch for 2 hrs!

    Never have to apologize for Southwark Cathedral photos, it's one of my favorite London buildings.

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  3. The only thing I liked about Borough market was... I can't think of anything. Maybe it was too busy on the occasions when I have visited. However I enjoy visiting the Hideout from Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels which is located nearby. That is always worth a visit.

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  4. Best thing about Borough Market - the cheese!

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  5. Oh my! All that cheese & bratwurst! Am I European or what? Hahaha! And I'm a mouse, too. Now I restrain myself to just one inch cube here & there as I watch my weight. But if I could, I'd polish the whole thing, too :)

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  6. What a fab post!! gorgeous dazzling shots of the cathedral..how magical! Everything in this post looks wonderful fun and amazing..beautiful! Thanks for the stroll Emm...love your adventures!
    Victoria

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  7. I love shopping at markets like this and having lunch. Sausage, cheese, some fresh bread would be perfect! Now I'm hungry...and I happen to have some beer brats in the freezer...

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  8. Une belle et sympathique promenade matinale...

    Pierre

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  9. Hi Emm! Sorry for the absence, but time has been at a premium here... ;)

    Those cheeses look excellent!!

    Blogtrotter Two has reached April 2011; no trips, and posting delay is shortening... ;). Enjoy and have a great weekend!!!

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  10. Nice post, loving the guy doing the thumbs up at the Borough Market merchandise stall. If they've any sense they should ask you to use that in their marketing material :)

    I'm snap happy all the time but one thing I've wanted to take a photo of is the out side of our local football club's stadium but I'm usually passing it on the bus or hurrying to get into it so have never gotten around to it... one day!

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  11. I love markets soooo much! I'm always taking out my camera and snapping away at outside markets...hehe.

    I would imagine London has one of the best outside markets with all the different cultures that live there!!

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  12. There is something to shoot everywhere:-) i wnat to shoot some bird which is almost impossible to spot. Or, what about standing on top of K2 with camera:-)

    Lovely pictures for a nice day. Looks so different from my city.
    Hope you have a blessed weekend!

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  13. What fun and delicious things to eat! I hope you won't have to wrestle a mouse away from its cheese. :D Those aprons are cool!

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  14. What a wonderful market, one of my very favorite things about England, the amazing markets.

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