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Maltby Street Market, Rope Walk

A Foodie’s Nirvana

The Entrance to Rope Walk, Maltby Street Market

The Entrance to Rope Walk, Maltby Street Market

After visiting Maltby Street Market Rope Walk, for only the second time, I have to say, I am ashamed I don’t visit more often. If you haven’t visited then it’s simple. You’re missing out big-time. Nestled under the Victorian railway arches in Bermondsey, just behind Tower Bridge, Maltby Street Market on Rope Walk is an earthy and quirky foodie’s nirvana.

Making your way through the crowds at Rope Walk, Maltby Street Market

Drinking at the Little Bird at Maltby Street Market, Rope Walk

It’s the unconventional setting of Maltby Street Market which makes it feel special. It’s a tight and crowded tunnel of mouth watering aromas. Bars and eateries pop-up within the workshops along Rope Walk. It’s a unique concept.

Eating amongst the timber at Rope Walk Market.

Unique pop-up workshop locations. Eating amongst the timber at Maltby Street Market, Rope Walk

The Cornish Grill are a fusion of social enterpise and much hyped culinary skills. They bring together London chefs and Cornish farmers and fisherman. You can enjoy dishes like Cornish Lobster cooked over charcoal accompanied by a crisp and bubbly preseco, whilst sat amongst timber and tools. It’s a bit like dining in your Grandad’s shed, but much cooler. Food prices are above average here, but completely worth it for the unique experience that Maltby Street Market on Rope Walk offers.

Tool shed dining (and boozing) at Rope Walk, Maltby Street Market

Workshop dining (and boozing) at Maltby Street Market, Rope Walk

The food and drink available at Maltby Street Market, Rope Walk, is no joke. You can have a gourmet street dining experience. We enjoyed a lovely glass of wine at Life’s a Bottle, a pop-up wine bar where all the wines are hand picked originals and you’re likely not to have tried any of them before. Despite it’s prestige, Maltby Street Market doesn’t feel pretentious. It has an upbeat and care free vibe and I can’t wait to go back.

The African Volcano at Rope Walk, Maltby Street Market

The African Volcano at Rope Walk, Maltby Street Market

One stall on my hit list next time i visit will be The African Volcano. I was too hungry to survive their devastating queue, but my god the burgers looked good and you can basically self-build the beast from an array of additional extras, along with their award winning Mozambique-style peri-peri. Instead I settled for a Hoxton Beach falafel which was pretty tasty, plus i knew i had to offset the calorie count that was coming next! I couldn’t leave without succulating a Bad Brownie (by 2pm she was almost sold out), but these bad boys were voted the best brownie in London and i can confirm that the salted caramel is awesome.

Bad Brownie at Rope Walk at Maltby Street Market

Bad Brownie at Rope Walk at Maltby Street Market

After a couple of glasses of wine and a fragrant gin from the Little Bird gin distillery, who have a lively pop-up bar there, it was time for the toilet. That’s when we stumbled across Lassco (The London Architectural Salvage and Supply Co), which is very much a Rope Walk flagship. Lassco have a longstanding reputation for selling London’s best architectural antiques. The toilet was great, but definitely do take a look inside the shop. Your wish-list will be endless.

Aloha! Lassco salvage antiques shop on Rope Walk, Maltby Street Market

Aloha! Lassco salvage antiques shop on Rope Walk, Maltby Street Market

I hope that i have appropriately teased your appetite and that a visit to Maltby Street Market at Rope Walk will be imminent. I do need to visit again very soon. When i do i’m really up for doing one mahoosive boozey food crawl. Sounds great doesn’t it? The Bermondsey Beer Mile (BBM) is as good as it gets for fans of craft beer. The crawl will take you on a tour of some of London’s acclaimed breweries.  I’m certainly making a day of it next time. Breakfast, lunch and dinner!

 Maltby Street Market at Rope Walk  is open every Saturday.


 

By Katie Ingham, I Love Markets 

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