For a while Maltby Market was the alternative Borough Market for those in the know and for those who didn't want to be trampled by tourists while sampling fine food. Now that Maltby Market has been discovered by tout-London and alternative to the alternative foodie market has sprung up on the other side of the tracks on Druid Street. I went to check it out.
I met my friend there for the Bermondsey Beer Mile Crawl, which also goes through Druid Street, since a few of the breweries are located here as well. We thought it would be a good idea to start off with some food, before consuming copious amounts of beer. Eating is not cheating in my book; it's just a smart way of not ending up hugging a toilet bowl after a pub, or in this case, a brewery crawl.
To call Druid Street Market a market, might be slightly too enthusiastic. True, there are a handful of foodstalls selling their cured hams and grilled oysters from underneath the railway arches or stalls.
You can get you bio fruit and veg at Bioscheme, kimchi and other unusal pickles on toasties at Fat by Freddie and British charcuterie at Blackhand Charcuterie.
Druid Street is not car free, so while you're nibbling on the ice cream sandwich from Blu Top, you need to dodge the traffic that goes by.
We opted for savoury muffins from Peyton and Byrne where they also sell some good looking cakes of the sweet variety.
Druid Street Market has got potential, if the council makes this stretch of Druid Street car-free, more merchants and subsequently, more visitors will follow. Although judging by the signs in the adjourning residential gardens, the residents would rather see it fail.
Let's see what happens.
Druid Street Market is on from 9 am- 4 pm on Saturdays.