There’s a new market in town and it’s making us drool. Druid Street Market launched in July, and is strolling distance from nearby Maltby Street and Bermondsey markets. Taking place every Saturday from 9-4pm, this new fella offers up a mix of regular traders as well as guest spots and the odd cookbook signing. The market rather whimsically takes place beneath the Bermondsey railway arches and is the brainchild of Toast Magazine's Miranda York. We think this latest addition makes it official; Southwark is London’s prime borough for weekend guzzling. Here are the Druid Street stalls you’re most likely to find us at this Saturday - and probably every Saturday for the foreseeable future.
Never heard of a hopper? Now’s your chance to dive headfirst into one of these vibrant Sri Lankan pancakes heaped with eggs, coconut and spices and topped with chilli salt. These babies are cooked up by Ducksoup veteran Emily Dobbs, who describes the snack as a ‘a flavour bomb’. This is the only hopper pop-up in London right now, but we smell a new craze in the works…
‘London’s butteryest butter’ has landed at Druid Street. This soft, rich creation is handcrafted in Oxfordshire, and if you’ve tried a better butter recently, we’d run a mile with our French stick to try it.
When she’s not taking care of business over at Lyle’s (where she handles the PR), Freddie Janssen is busy making pickles cool again. ‘The Kimchi Queen’ sold her spicy preserves, pickled veg and hot sauces at Druid Street’s opening event, and since then we’ve been getting heavy-handed with the pickled beetroot. Freddie also serves up an eye-wateringly delicious grilled cheese sandwich, layered with dill cucumber pickle and umami ketchup. This lady doesn’t mess about.
Photo by Issy Croker
Nothing gets us out of bed on a Saturday like the lure of Fatties Bakery, whose stall at Druid Street is heaped with homemade pistachio and cardamom caramels, salted caramel peanut butter (you heard) and the gooiest brownies in town. You’ll find us there most weekends with our chubby little hands wrapped around the free pretzel samples.
Photo by Issy Croker
Three words: ice cream sandwiches. Churned in Battersea, Blu Top’s velvety ice cream is served snuggled between two soft baked cookies. Start off with the classic Madagascan vanilla and brown butter, or sample kookier pairings like ‘brown toast and jam’ and ‘coffee and doughnuts.’ And yes, we will still be eating these this winter. With gloves on.
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