A new Saturday food market opened in south east London last month and its name – Druid Street Market – is popping up on my social media feeds more and more every week. I was part of a selected group of bloggers and journalists invited to tour the market and sample the food offerings, so today I am sharing with you my favourite photos from that day.
Druid Street Market is curated by Miranda York, who’s also founded events’ company and food magazine At The Table. The market stalls are set up in front of the railway arches at the eastern end of Druid Street.
A few food businesses already operate from underneath the railway arches; among others there is a brewery (Anspach & Hobday), a butcher (O’Shea’s butchers), a deli (L’Emporio of Fine Foods), a fried scampi roll shop, a sushi trader, a bottle shop and a bakery (Peyton & Byrne).
When I first heard the news about the new market, I was confused. I wondered: is there really a need for more traders in the area? Can the market be successfull? Afterall, Maltby Street food market is literally on the other side of the railway and Borough Market is only ten minutes’ walk from here.
After visiting Druid Street Market and witnessing how popular it already is, just weeks after its opening, it’s clear that yes, there is a demand for it. The new food traders are attracting Londoners to Druid Street with their fresh, good quality ingredients and hand-crafted accessories.
The new market is doing a great job at meeting the demand and compensate the offer from the pre-existing markets.
At Druid Street Market you will find a number of regular traders and others who change weekly. There is also a guest stall for cookbook authors to sell signed copies of their books.
On the day I visited the market, I had the chance to try the following traders:
Butter Culture – cultured English butter hand-crafted in Oxfordshire;
Decatur London – New Orleans style char-grilled oysters there were absolutely delicious.
Fatties Bakery – selling homemade caramels and other sweet treats.
Lonzo – a deli from the same group as Lardo in London Fields, which sells charcuterie and bread.
Blu Top – American-style ice cream sandwiches and floats.
Black Box Coffee, serving espresso based drinks and cold brew.
London Borough Of Jam – selling homemade preserves from their shop in Hackney.
Weligama – Sri Lankan egg hoppers, these are rice flour pancakes with fried eggs and delicious toppings.
I enjoyed my visit to Druid Street Market and there is no doubt I will be back over the course of the year. I particularly loved the Weligama egg hoppers, the Lonzo bread and marmalade, and the cultured butter.
The changing traders is an attracting factor, because it means every time I go I can try different food! One thing the market is missing at the moment is a seating area and toilet facilities, so I hope these aspects will be improved as the market grows. My recommendation, visit now before it gets too popular!
Druid Street Market is open on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm.
Disclaimer: I was invited to lunch and a tour of the market. All opinions are my own.