Sitting with the big dogs, like London Bridge and the Gherkin, is Borough Market, and if you’re a wannabe Londoner then you’ve got to swoop by its bustling arches. Sitting just across from London Bridge tube, it’s a treasure trove for eclectic eateries, pongs of cheese, and being barged past in the homemade fudge queue, and we can’t help but adore it. However, the labyrinth that it is, means a guide, albeit small, to the best places to eat is a total must. So, from baked goods and bao’s, to cold cuts and cronuts, here are our top five Borough Market must-visits…
It’s rare to mention Borough Market and not Ginger Pig in the same breathe. Their buttery, pastry coated sausage roll has become a London icon, on par with the London Eye and The Shard, no kidding. It’s a meat-filled paradise that makes your local butchers look row-rent, and we totally adore it. What began almost by chance – a way of putting unsold meat to good use – now results in queues around the Borough Market block. Delicious.
Get (bread) ahead of the game and visit Borough’s darling bakery. Snug in the market, Bread Ahead delivers fresh bread and pastries to market dwellers, and has done since opening in 2013 by the hand of Matthew Jones. Breakfast is sorted after a trip to this swell spot. Pick up a focaccia or ciabatta, and finish with one of their famed doughnuts, positively popping with delicious custard. Baking aficionados can also try their hand at the creative process, with bread, doughnut or Scandinavian pastries masterclasses available to take part in.
Picture Padella and you’re probably thinking of their worm-like pici cacio e pape. You may also picture a queue outside the restaurant because when pasta is this good and dishes are as little as a fiver there’s really no excuse not to visit.
There is a downstairs area so they’ll seat you as soon as possible and once you’re sat in the civilised surroundings, comforted by a plate of the yellow stuff you’ll forget all about standing in the cold. Although it may be worth asking if you can sit downstairs – it’s rarely totally full. Oh, and make the queue really worthwhile and be sure to order pudding. The tarts are divine!
Boy oh boy, it doesn’t get much more British than Roast. The epic eatery piles Sunday roast dreams onto plates; we’re talking pork belly with mashed potato and Bramley apple sauce, gorgeous spuds and YOLO-worthy Yorkshire’s. For a full belly and one of the best roast dinners you’ve ever had, give this one a visit!
Fusing places together through epic fare, Arabica Bar & Kitchen is a Borough Market staple that uses its clay oven to create miracles. If you’re stepping foot in the Levantine resto, be sure to order the vension man’ouseh, the famed resident dish. There’s also plenty of staples to be had, like feta, halloumi and fried eggs, and some of the finest Turkish coffees you’ll ever have, fused with Turkish delight!
If you’re venturing away from Borough Market, make sure you try some of the restaurants nearby (if you’ve still got room for food, that is!)