Maltby Street’s Saturday Market is a little-known oasis, tucked away in converted railway arches in a side street off the Tower Bridge Road, surrounded by warehouses, once littered with antique treasures, and now destined to become homes in this booming area of London.
It’s small – housed on the pavement under the awnings of The Monmouth Coffee Company roasting centre – but surprisingly complete, and delightfully uncrowded compared to Borough Market, from whence many of the stallholders have come. Maltby Street is remarkably friendly and will charm and seduce the serious food lover. It also has a great sense of community, with invariably polite, mainly local customers, who arrive on foot or by bicycle and stop to exchange cheery greetings with the regular traders, and who can be heard placing orders and making requests for their next visit.
Where Is It?
34-36 Maltby Street, Bermondsey, London SE1 3PA. Find it on Google maps
Who Is There?
Maltby Street has a one-page website, www.MaltbyStreet.com updated every week, which gives details of who will be there, and what they will be selling. Contact individual stallholders in advance if you have a special request, and would like to collect it at Maltby St.
The core group of regular stallholders are:
Monmouth Coffee Company: Gourmet coffee beans, drinks, pastries, chocolates, café
Neal’s Yard Dairy: Cheese, milk, eggs, butter, and bread
Fern Verrow: Biodynamic & organic vegetables, sometimes chickens, bacon and meat from their Herefordshire smallholding. It’s best to order meat in advance
Kase Swiss: Swiss farmhouse cheeses
Topolski: Smoked meats from Poland
Can I do my weekly Organic food shop?
Just about, (and Bermondsey Farmer’s Market is only a short walk away if you need something more).
Ethical Hedonist Verdict:
***** A jewel. Intimate and unhurried, if somewhat pricey, but the quality is exceptional.