Review: Maltby Street Market, Ropewalk

It was the first sunny weekend of the year in London, so what better way to spend a Sunday than in one of London’s glorious food markets. On this occasion we decided to visit Maltby Street Market in Bermondsey, near London Bridge. It opens at 11am on a Sunday so in fear that we wouldn’t miss out on a sell-out St. John’s doughnut we headed down for opening time.

DSC_0022 DSC_0035Luckily for us, it wasn’t busy at all early in the day so we had time (and space!) to wonder up and down Ropewalk deciding what to eat first. Toying between the idea of a Duck and Plum sauce waffle and a Pulled Pork Brioche bun, we decided to go for the Pulled Pork from Market Gourmet. Most of the stalls offered seating under the railway arches which was just delightful – they all used the space in such an alternative and interesting way. Market Gourmet merged dining tables into a wood workshop, mixing eating with creativity and craft.

DSC_0023 DSC_0025 DSC_0026 DSC_0028The Pulled Pork, Cranberry and Blue Cheese Mousse was served in a Brioche Sandwich Bun.Succulent and juicy pork filled the centre of the bun paired with the preserved cranberries and soft blue cheese mousse. To be honest, the broiche bun was a little of the stale side, but it was nice nonetheless. Because the bun wasn’t very fresh it made the sandwich a bit dry which meant I needed a drink with it but the stall had run out of soft drinks, and at 11am on Sunday I didn’t want anything else!

market gourmetWondering the market, our mouths watered deciding what to buy next. Sampling homemade marshmallows, chutney, fudges, preserves, hummus’ and granolas’.

DSC_0034 DSC_0036 DSC_0037 DSC_0038I literally couldn’t resist the fudge samples at the Urban Fudgatiers. The unique flavours such as chilli, curry and rose petal & pistachio. All of different consistencies, the Ginger american style fudge was my favourite – a soft fudge which we tried with a shop of natural yoghurt. An awesome combination. So good that a portion of ginger fudge from Urban Fudgatiers is currently sat in my fridge.

DSC_0041 DSC_0042In infamous St John’s Bakery has a stall at Maltby Market, aside from fresh breads and pastries it also sells doughnuts. Fresh, custard doughnuts – known for being the best doughnuts around, we had to get one. I’m pleased to tell you that they lived up to our expectation. The custard was foamy and light and the bread was moist and sugary, delicious!

DSC_0045 st johns custard doughnutAfter exploring the antique stalls we couldn’t resist one more foodie purchase. A foodie purchase from the Bad Brownie. Before you say anything, just look at these photos…

DSC_0030 DSC_0031 DSC_0032I chose a Salted Caramel Brownie, their best seller. I must say – I’ve only actually had a bite of it so far as it’s on my kitchen counter ready to be consumed for pudding tonight. That said, the bite was rich chocolate, smooth caramel with a salty kick.

Maltby Street Market is a hidden gem, it’s a small narrow street with no more than 20 stalls – on a sunny Sunday at 11am it really wasn’t very busy which was great. We had space to explore and chat with all the stall sellers. A perfect spot for a chilled out, foodie day with friends.

FYI – At the end of the road there’s a gin distillery in the making called, Little Bird Gin. They offer straight samples of their gin, or a gin and rose lemonade mix – delicious and at £25 a bottle I think it’s pretty decide for a homemade spirit.


ADDRESS: Ropewalk, London SE1 2HQ


OPENING HOURS: 9am-4pm Sat and 11am-4pm Sun