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FOOD MARKET - SOUTHBANK CENTRE SQUARE [London]

I came across this today... a 3 day market starting Friday (4 March).

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The Real Food Market takes place on the first weekend of every month giving Londoners the opportunity to buy fresh, high quality, affordable products, direct from 40 carefully selected Real Food producers.

As well as great produce there'll be live cookery demonstrations, livestock to help re-connect people back to where their food comes from and alfresco hog roasts from Canteen.

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  1. That sounds quite cool, but why not just head to Borough if you're going south of the river?

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      1. re: brokentelephone

        It just sounded like a different place to try.. and as said, Borough can be expensive so why not check it out and maybe find something better. Also, I can walk to the South Bank but not Borough so I can skip buying a Travel Card with my train ticket. :-)

      2. This is EVERY week now.

        Went there yesterday and loved it. Was looking for Bhangra Burgers but couldn't find him and after looking on his website realized he was away doing a festival or something.....anyway had a wonderful time wandering around trying lots of different things. It's open every Friday, Sat. and Sunday for the foreseeable future and heard talk from the traders of it continuing into winter. Some of the former traders are there from Borough Market, Borough Cheese and Kappacasein, the famous grilled cheese maker! Flour Station bakery has a stall.

        There is a Polish stall - I enjoyed a huge pork pierogi and took home another one for later. Only a few cake stalls but there is one serving very American type bar cakes. Two ice cream vans. An Ethiopian coffee seller. The West Country was well represented with cheese and cider and I drank a half pint of beautiful dry cider. The same stall also sells cheese, and chutneys, which you can sample, plus amazing lemon curd. There were a few places doing burgers from their own meat, one advertised as being hung for 28 days. Also a hog roast stall which looked to be sold out by 5pm. I am seriously thinking of going again on Sunday. Opening hours from about 11 am to 8 pm ish.

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        1. re: cathodetube

          Thanks for your report! I have yet to make it up there for a look-see, but maybe next weekend. It sounds as if there certainly are a lot of interesting food choices, and I'm so glad to hear that some of the former Boroughites are there. Flour Station is everywhere! It's even at the outdoor Kingston market and yesterday I saw a small stall at Arts in Action, held at Waterperry near Oxford. Their dark rye is fantastic.

          1. re: zuriga1

            Are you sure you don't mean Flour Power as they are usually at all the markets. I like both of them. Flour Power was kicked out of Borough as they were deemed too big!

            I just had some pickle from Cherry Tree which I bought yesterday at the cider stall. It was a mild garlic one. They also sell a stronger garlic one. Both were amazing in my opinion. Had them with bratwurst type sausage from Lidl. Small herb flecked ones.

            1. re: cathodetube

              Kappacasein (the grilled cheese sandwich) is also there - it's now become my rather indulgent Friday lunchtime treat!

              Have also bought some very smooth vodka from a guy there who makes it himself, really good on the rocks.

              1. re: pj26

                I did mention Kappacasein in my first post on here. I purchased a sandwich from them.

                1. re: cathodetube

                  I was quite surprised to see him there, thought he was now over at Maltby St after all the hoo-ha at Borough.

                  1. re: pj26

                    He is still at Maltby Street. Guess he must have someone working with him. Pretty sure he said he, as in his company, is also there on a Friday.

                    1. re: pj26

                      Is he no longer at Borough Market? I have told people about the incredible toasted cheese sandwich but don't want to direct them to the wrong place. TIA

                2. re: cathodetube

                  To be honest, I didn't take a lot of notice when it came to the name of the stall... just Flour something, so it might well have been Flour Power. I'll check next time I'm there. That pickle sounds mighty good.

                  1. re: zuriga1

                    Apparently Flour Station is Jamie Oliver's bakery.

                    1. re: cathodetube

                      do you mean he owns it or uses it?

                      1. re: pj26

                        He started it at some point. Think it was to do with Fifteen. Not sure he actually runs it now.

            2. It's all pre-made food vendors, not much use if you want to cook your own grub.

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              1. re: jerkfaceirl

                It isn't advertised as a farmers market. I saw bread, coffee beans, cider, cheese and chorizo amongst stuff you could take home and make stuff with.

                1. re: cathodetube

                  Yep - that's right, it's not only pre-made food. I bought some great English-produced chorizo, vodka, there's also quite a few cheese stalls, some butchers, Italian & Polish deli foods.Perhaps the only thing they don't have is fruit and vege stands

                  1. re: pj26

                    I tried the chorizo and liked it. Didn't buy any because I already had some at home. Am looking forward to going back to the market this Friday.

                    1. re: cathodetube

                      I bought some spicy and the plainer type. They were really good, dense and great both cooked and just sliced.

                    2. re: pj26

                      The sliced Polish pickles at that stall are incredible. Not vinegary, not sweet, just perfect in my opinion.

                2. The American cake stall, run by 2 American guys, is called Outsider Tart. They also have a shop in Chiswick.

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                  1. re: cathodetube

                    I thought their baked goods were pretty great. I am hoping they become one of the 'permenant' stands.

                  2. Bhangra Burgers were there on Friday. I really like their lamb burgers, served in a wrap but didn't have one because Luardos were there and they were serving fish tacos. They used coley, battered and cooked in front of you. Salsa, corn tortillas, white cabbage. Not bad at all. I meant to post this earlier because the market was also open today.