popped to Broadway market on saturday and was amazed at how busy and vibrant it is there; i still think that the best food is the street food, but if its not sunny and warm, you definitely need to have a break inside.
i always love the 1930’s tiles of F.Cooke’s original pie and mash cafe – its beautiful interior still intact and kept up to perfection – i love everything about it, the tiles, the benches, the way the napkins were displayed – but as the owner said, people like myself dont eat pie and mash and eels – we all go for the cupcakes and the other delicacies on offer! its a shame, because places like this ought to remain in areas like this, but they only survive if we go in and support them – so i guess i need to start eating some jellied eels.
we bought some delicious hand smoked salmon by hansen and lydersen for Max to eat, and the most beautiful decorated cup cakes by violet. also eclairs by the end of the eclair are so tempting. these interesting stalls were dotted amongst the various food stalls. sadly the haberdashery shop has gone – its what happens in london, things come and go very quickly. also, some of the stalls change from week to week. i absolutely love donion books with its interesting array of foreign, art, vintage and design books – great for gifts, as there are so many books that i have never seen anywhere before. of course, there are still lots of practical food shops- fin and flounder – just what every high street needs – with its lovely interior it really draws you in to buy some fish for dinner and a classic butcher – hill and szrok for steaks.
stop for coffee break in Climpson and Sons and eat some lovely indian street food too – i always take home a couple of the vegetarian samosas . broadway market has a lot more food stalls for take away food rather than produce. stella blunt is a cute vintage shop selling furniture and accessories – retro glasses, metal letter stencils, chairs… so all in all its a good morning out for a saturday and you can bring home lots of good food to cook – a lot of the same stalls from borough market are also at broadway market.
i love the japanese stationary gifts from Ouka Ueno and the indian tiffin boxes from Kairaasi. they also sell the stainless steel plate racks that are reminiscent of the victorian wood ones. Att Pyntta have some lovely gifts, throws and home goods.
dont forget to pop into the school yard market, a little extension of broadway market, with more choices of great food and vintage and also netil market, whose ethos is eat work art.
i dont look at all the you tube links that people send me, but you will love this one about street markets – narrated by sid james its a perfect end to get you into the swing of all the street markets around london.
dont forget to pop into the dog & wardrobe – just along the canal, a workshop of retro furniture for sale, including lamps, school chairs and old desks.