Sunday, 5 October 2008

To market, to market to buy a fat pig...

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I have been wanting to go to London's Borough Market for ages now, because everything I have ever read about it, describes it as a fantastic place, a total foodie paradise. On Saturday I finally had a chance to go and so I did! My friend C. (the one who smells freshly baked bread from miles off) is over from Germany for a week and we took the 6.41am train from Manchester to London for a day of shopping and just enjoying ourselves.

Arriving in London a good few hours later and feeling a little jaded, our first stop was Borough Market and let me tell you, everything you've ever heard about it, is true. Just how I imagined, if not better! I was feeling very awake, very quickly. There were so many stalls selling fantastic produce, bread, cakes, cheese, meat, and all kinds of snacks, that my senses were a bit overwhelmed at first. There were things to see and smell everywhere. Unfortunately, as we still had a whole day of traipsing around London ahead of us, I couldn't really shop to my heart's content, but we had a wonderful chorizo, pikante pepper and rocket sandwich from Brindisa and I had some Raspberry and Bitter Chocolate Cake, while C. chose a large Chocolate Brownie from one of the bakers.

I feel that my words just aren't enough to describe what it was like, therefore I'll let some pictures do the rest of the talking....

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20 comments:

nicisme said...

A great day out by the looks of it! Bet you were knackered when you got home. I like the look of the veggies and huge cheeses.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Glad you enjoyed it so much, and that it lived up to the hype for you! It is London's real gem, despite what some might say.

Beth said...

I've really got to get there myself! Looks fab

flower said...

I love places like this it makes me want to spend a fortune on food I dont usually eat

Raquel said...

Thanks for sharing that, Sylvie!! I have heard a lot about it and if I ever get to GB, that is one place I intend to go! Glad you had a great day! Much love, Raquel XO

RecipeGirl said...

What an absolutely beautiful market! Looks like it was a fun time for a foodie :)

Ginny said...

Looks great! Wish we had nice markets around here...something I miss from Europe...you just do it better over there! :)

Bellini Valli said...

I would go out of my way to visit this market if ever I am in London again:D

Deborah said...

What a wonderful place! I hope to make it to London again one day, and this will definitely be on my list of places to visit!

Jaime said...

wow, i wish i had a market like that to visit!

Sylvie said...

Nic, we didn't get back to Manchester until just before midnight. It definitely was a long day, but we enjoyed it.

aforkfullofspaghetti, I agree.

Beth, you should go if you get the chance. You'd love it.

Flower, it was only the fact that I would have had to carry everything I bought around for eight hours that stopped me. I know exactly what you mean.

Raquel, it's definitely worth adding to a travel itinerary.

Recipegirl, definitely a place for foodies.

Ginny, there are some poor markets over here as well.

Val, you'd love it, I'm sure of it.

Deborah, you wouldn't regret adding it to your list.

Jaime, I wish I had a regular market like that here in Manchester as well.

Sam said...

It looks amazing, I've wanted to visit this place for ages, one day I will!

Jan said...

Love the pictures - what a great day out you had! I want to go !!!

Margaret said...

Pleased you enjoyed yourself at Borough Market.
Every time I go to London I make a beeline for the market - unfortunately it's difficult to buy very much because of all the carrying!
Great set of photo's.

Rosie said...

I have always wanted to visit Borough Market myself and it looks absolutely beautiful!! So pleased you had a great time :)

Rosie x

Lore said...

Ah, lucky girls! London's Borough Market sounds like paradise

Gloria said...

Sylvie, this is absolutely beautiful I love these Markets, look so nice, xGloria

Susan said...

Wow! Great, pics, Sylvia! Looks like a total gas! I sure wish I could hop on a train and get to London in a few hours! Man oh Man!!

Gloria said...

Sylvie I have an award to you in my blog.xxGloria

racheleats said...

Your lovely borough market pictures brough on a wave of nostalgia for home, london and my old hunting ground.
from a londoner living in Rome.