The London food market scene has a new player in town with the recent opening of Druid St Market in Bermondsey. Last Saturday morning, I passed one historic arch after another while making my way towards the market for lunch and a quick tour led by its founder & editor of Toast Magazine, Miranda York.The market was already bubbling with activity by the time we walked through the 14 stalls that make up Druid St Market. The founders of Black Box Coffee were busy knocking up one speciality coffee drink after another. I tried their cold brew made from Ethiopian beans which was subtle & smooth. And how can I not love their retro-ish medicine style bottle!Miranda introduced us to each of the local producers and artisans manning their stalls. Greenwich Smokery stood out with his display of smoked mackerel, salmon and kippers. His mackerel is a must try but I also loved the creative addition of dry cure beetroot or grapefruit & pomegranate to the salmon. Let’s just say I lingered around this stall for a good while for his generous samples.
I also found the selection of homewares from Concrete Jungles, who makes planters out of concrete for small succulents, and Lazy Eye ceramics irresistible and had to make a mental note to return with a sturdy tote bag on my next visit.
Other highlights included Decatur London who wowed me with their chargrilled cajun oysters. My usual preference for raw oysters was put on hold with when I downed a few of my favourite bivalves while relishing on that magical cajun sauce. I also made sure to save my appetite for Freddie’s piquant kimchi cheese toasties at her F.A.T. stall which was well worth the effort especially for kimchi lovers.
Druid Street Market trades every Saturday from 9AM to 4PM and has plans to open on Sundays in the near future. My advice is to go in the mornings or on the earlier side of the afternoon since the stalls are known to sell out earlier of their specialty items. Lastly, be sure to stop by Fatties Bakery before you leave for her homemade sea salt caramels to take home, your family/friends/other half will thank you!
Note: I was a guest of Druid St Market during my visit. All views are my own.