Located beneath the railway viaducts in SE1 and just a stones throw away from the river Thames is Borough Market - one of London's oldest and largest farmers markets.  We arrived here just after noon and purposefully walked here from our apartment (about 40 minutes walk) and skipped breaky so that we could make complete pigs of ourselves!  

The atmosphere is incredible - just taking a stroll among the buzzing crowded stalls gets your stomach juices flowing and we couldn't wait to sample everything.  To start with we shared a Wild Boar sausage, served in a freshly baked soft bun, oozing with cranberry sauce, caramelized onions and a sprinkling of swiss chard.  We devoured this little wild beast in a matter of seconds.  The sausage was wonderfully peppery and the sweetness of the cranberries made it a perfect accompaniment! 



  The variety of goods to gawk at is vast - you can pick up anything from cheeses, olives, herbs & spices, organic and free range meat and poultry, fresh fish and seafood, to flowers, beer, organic fruit and vegetables, breads and pastries - the list goes on.  And as you make your way through the maze of stalls, you can't help but stop off and sample bits along the way.  The traders are all on hand and keen to share their product knowledge with you.  Many of them are passionate about their wares and will entice you into buying something you don't really need or want.

 
 "For centuries, people thought the moon was made of green cheese. Then the astronauts found that the moon is really a big hard rock. That's what happens to cheese when you leave it out."


 

There are thousands of cultivars of olives... Gemlik, Bosana, Picholine, Arbequina, Manzanilla to name a few!


  They call him mushroom, because he is a fungi (fun guy)


 Hams hanging around



"poulet de Bresse" 

 
Turkish delight


 Sweet juicy organic tomatoes 

Borough market is a paradise for food lovers. You can spend hours just pottering around, people watching and of course feasting.  As we stepped into another section of the jam packed market, a tantalizing smokey aroma hit our noses and we were immediately drawn towards a long queue of hungry patrons waiting in line for organic beef burgers.  It wasn't too long before we reached the front of the queue and placed our order: 1 x bacon, Stilton & fried egg burger!  OMG!  Sadly this photo we took does not do this burger any justice - every taste bud in my mouth exploded with pleasure as I devoured my half... The combination of flavours was absolutely amazing - quite frankly the best burger I have had since leaving Knysna.  (I say this only because my mothers restaurant makes the ULTIMATE burger!!)


 Fried egg, free range bacon, Stilton cheese - 100% Organic beef burger


 As more and more patrons pour into the overcrowded market, it all becomes quite overwhelming trying to navigate your way around the stalls.  We eventually made out way to the stalls on the outskirts (to get some fresh air!) and discovered a mouthwatering chocolatier - "Artisan du Chocolat".  I tried very hard to resist, but succumbed to temptation and bought a bag of their most famous creation - "Liquid Salted Caramels" - a sweet liquid caramel with a pinch of Noirmoutier island's grey salt, captured in a cocoa dusted shell of intense dark chocolate.   Mmmm... seductive!
 

Several hours passed, the blue skies faded as the dark drain clouds started closing in fast and it was time to put a stop to all the ogling and drooling and head back home (once again on foot).  Half way home the heavens opened - we didn't get too soaked fortunately, the exercise was needed!  Now waiting patiently in our fridge lie two gorgeous Ostrich fillets - they're the main feature on tonight's dinner menu. A special pre-birthday treat for Richard - he turns 40 tomorrow!

 A few more photos taken at the market:

Flower power


Thai Chicken Curry
 

Packed!

    
Southwark Cathedral

  
la lavande

 
In the queue..

 
Ag shame...


Fresh squid!