Maltby Street, SE1
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 wander with a bit of grocery shopping along the way. A few years on, many new traders have got involved, the recently 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 is now open 9am-4pm Sat and 11am-4pm Sun but Spa Terminus is still strictly Saturdays only (around 9am-2pm for most producers), so that’s the day to take it all in.
Running between Maltby Street and Millstream Road, the newest addition to the area is Ropewalk – a lively street market with a combination of stalls, under-arch shops, pop-up bars and eateries. As well as their usual Saturday opening (9am-2pm or later), Ropewalk is now open from 11am-4pm on Sundays. Tozino bar and 40 Maltby Street are also now open on Fridays.
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.