In recognition of the wonderful things Borough Market has brought to London, the team here at UnderTheDoormat offer their top tips & favourite places for you to visit, enjoy, and show your support.
Erskine recommends El Pastor both for the food and the music. El Pastor is a taqueria, serving vibrant South-American inspired food and drinks served in colourful digs. From the Hart Brothers, and Crispin Somerville the restaurant is easily a Saturday night spot to hang out with friends.
Next on our list, Hannah’s favourite London Bierkeller. The interior is a stunning modernist take on the traditional Bavarian kind. If you are looking for convivial atmosphere, lederhosen-clad staff and great beer, pop downstairs into the beer cellar to find traditional long tables with a live oompah band. Authenticity at its finest.
The Market Porter
If a traditional alehouse is more your thing, then The Market Porter is one to visit on a Friday evening says Walt. With changing beers on tap, a daytime food menu and cheerful staff, all of your needs will be met here. Fun fact: the Market Porter was turned into the Third Hand Book Emporium in ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, so don’t be surprised to see Potter fans also making the pilgrimage.
This little gem located on 2-4 Bedale Street, serves unusual contemporary dishes with a cocoa theme in a stylish colonial-inspired place. Alongside the quirky foods, the bar serves delectable cocoa cocktails that are not to be missed – taking the finest culinary inspiration from Caribbean, West Indies and Britain. Richard personally recommends the hot chocolate.
Arguably one of the best tapas places in London. They say that the true measure of a restaurant’s gastronomic credibility is whenthe locals eat there, and at this place, you will often find a line of locals often extending beyond the restaurant during peak hours. Run by Spanish produce suppliers, the restaurant’s authenticity holds up, as do its Iberian ingredients. If you find yourself craving some delicious meats laced with fats which melt on the tongue, Kate recommends the Jamon Iberico Croqueta.
Monmouth Coffee Company
This one is for the coffee lovers. If you like your coffee based on taste, then read on. With a roasting site a stone’s throw away in Bermondsey, they receive beans from around the world and roast them all differently to bring the best out of each one. Their produce is all fair trade too, so you can be sure that the coffee you are drinking has been ethically sourced. Rated very highly by the likes of Trip Advisor and Gerwin, this place is a must-visit.
No list about Borough Market would be complete without mention of this cheese lovers galore. A cult favourite among Londoners(and my personal favourite), the stall offers world-famous raclette toasties made using raw milk from Commonwork Organic Farm in Sevenoaks, Kent, and is then lovingly made in Bermondsey. Located on 1 Stoney Street, it is also a short walk away from Southwark Cathedral Gardens where you can enjoy your snack with a beautiful view.
Our CEO Merilee Karr shares some of her memories of the market:
‘While the trauma experienced at the market will be felt for a very long time, I’ve always loved borough market, I often used to go there for Friday lunches, it’s great to see that local market has become such a focal point for London foodies, and I feel as though its re-opening captures the London spirit. ’