You know when you visit somewhere so incredible that even whilst you’re still there you’re already planning on how and when you can make a return visit? Well that’s exactly how I felt when I paid Maltby Street Market a visit at the weekend. From *those* custard-filled doughnuts from St John Bakery – which when I see one on Instagram I instantly experience deep pangs of lust for (I’m looking at you Clerkenwell Boy!) – to a Reuben sandwich from Monty’s Deli oozing with melted cheese and dripping Russian sauce, Maltby Street Market had me hooked. Tucked away behind the railway arches of Rope Walk in Bermondsey, each railway arch is occupied by a different eatery, bakery, grocery or winery that you can shop, eat and drink from at your leisure. I’m pretty sure I walked round the entire time with a massive grin on my (most likely sugar-encrusted and greasy from pastrami) face, repetitively saying between mouthfuls of food, “oh maaaaaa gerrrrrrrd this place is AAAAAHMAYYYYYYZING!” Because really, it truly is.
With bunting zig-zagging overhead, and stalls and pop-up restaurants from some of the best artisanal producers, brewers, growers and makers, Malty Street Market has a lovely village-fete feel and a deliciously eclectic vibe. However unlike Borough Market, it doesn’t get elbows-in-the-ribs busy which is an absolute Godsend! A foodies paradise, it’s very much set up for you to arrive at breakfast, get in the short queue for one of those aforementioned doughnuts (and get there quick as they sell out come midday!) grab a creamy flat white from Craft Coffee, amble and eat your way through the market and then leave around tea-time two craft beers from the Modern Beer Co and several cocktails later, completely sozzled and with a belly-full of food and drink. Which is pretty much exactly what we did!
My particular favourite discoveries were Newton and Pott and their exquisite handmade chutneys and jams – the Rose and Raspberry jam is a new obsession of mine, meeting Ric at the Modern Beer Bar and seeing in 11:30am with a Chamomile and Hibiscus ale and declaring it “a great breakfast beer”, Little Bird Gin’s pop-up gin palace in a tiling shop and those Rose Collins cocktails, and visiting Lassco vintage antiques to marvel at their collection of doorknobs and French soaps. Maltby Street Market is now very definitely my favourite London Market (apologies to Netil, Broadway and Borough) and quite possibly my new favourite place in London I adored it so much. The repeat visit is now firmly in the calendar and I’m already counting down to it!
You can find out more about Maltby Street Market’s stallholders from www.maltby.st