If I lived in London, anywhere in London, I would make the necessary journey once a week to indulge in a lunchtime prawn and fish wrap from Applebee’s in the foodie heaven the lovely art deco Borough Market, Southwark. Ah, one can only dream. It is, as they say, seriously good nosh. And it’s only a tiny portion of the gourmet grub that is to hand, very reasonably priced, at the popular market. For those requiring something a little more meaty, for example, there is the Wangus Burger, half Wagyu half Angus, raised in Scotland and fully appreciated in Southwark where it is served on a brioche. And it’s not only the best of British that’s available. French, Italian, Ethiopian, Asian (and more): whatever your taste buds dictate. Although there are plenty of venues within the market where you can sit down and eat at leisure, Appleby’s wrap is served up, to a long snake line of people who are going to eat on the move. Others are simply buying a black pudding or wild boar Scotch Egg (free range of course) and taking it back to enjoy at their desk.
Borough Market is a wholesale and retail market, owned and run by a charitable trust, and should be a must visit for anyone who loves fresh and imaginative food made of the highest quality ingredients. The stallholders are enormously proud of their products and the quality approach to animal husbandry and food production and are delighted to talk to you about any aspect. Times vary slightly but as a rule it is open between 8am and 5pm each day. A warning, don’t go wearing tight trousers. You are going to want to pig out. For those who like trivia, Bridget Jones’s apartment in the movie was above the gothic style Globe pub which is in the market. Try your hand at some Borough Market recipes that include lemon sole with chorizo and the irresistible drunken prune and chocolate torte. Happy eating.