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Discover the traders at London's latest food destination

During the summer of 2010, a quiet bubble of gastronomic intent was swelling under the railway arches in Bermondsey. This unlikely south-east London backwater quickly became a popular destination for a Saturday morning to early afternoon (9am-2pm-ish) wander with a bit of grocery shopping along the way. Two years on, many new traders have got involved, the recently developed Ropewalk has become a full-on street market, and some of the original bunch have moved down the road to Spa Terminus. Find out about the gastronomic delights that await beneath the arches.

Ropewalk

Monty's Deli at Ropewalk - ©Celia Topping

Running between Maltby Street and Millstream Road, the newest addition to the area is the Ropewalk – a lively street market with a combination of stalls, under-arch shops, pop-up bars and eateries.

Food offerings include seafood and grilled meat from Cornish Grill, Greek oils, honeys, preserves and cured meats from Maltby and Greek, Reubens sandwiches and Jewish chicken soup from Monty’s Deli (@Montysdeli), oysters and sous vide cooked-meats to reheat at hoome from Market Gourmet, preserves ans pickles from Pink's Organics, and pastries, cakes and other baked goods from Comptoir Gourmand. Another recent development at Ropewalk is the underarch Tozino tapas bar, Spanish grocers and ham carvery.

No market would be complete without a coffee stall, and the Ropeway’s coffee cart is Coffee, Mate?, who brew with Has Bean coffees. Also on offer in the beverage department are wines by the glass from Life’s a Bottle and gin cocktails at the pop-up Sparrow Bar put on by small-batch London gin distillers Little Bird Gin.

Find a full list of traders at the Ropewalk.

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7 comments
KaseSwiss
KaseSwiss

Great to see Maltby St in Time Out. I have to say we actually use Lancashire cheese in the oatcakes. Our main business is Swiss cheese but I felt so sad about the disappearing Oatcake trade up north - so I decided to sell a few in our warehouse.

stuart
stuart

How about Chatica, at no 66 Druid Street, they bake & sell amazing Colombian cheese breads & empanadas. Its a must.

Howie
Howie

Has any one sampled the wines in the arch next to St. Johns?

Cheryl
Cheryl

Bermondsey farmers market is close by on Bermondsey square every Saturday from 9-1; tie in with a vist to Maltby street.

JMM
JMM

The main draw is still Booths - who left borough due to high rents (Borough Market Trustees hang your heads in shame) that said it is a little out of the way so not as convenient as their previous incarnation but they are still hands down the best greengrocer in London so therein lies the dilemma. Another positive is that you as yet don't have to fight your way through tourists taking pictures and people queuing for food which makes Borough an increasingly frustrating place to shop if that's what you are there for rather than queuing for an hour for a £4 chorizo roll.

Kidsan
Kidsan

You gotta try the vanilla doughnuts they're amazing!