Before we left London to board our ship in Greenwich (about an hour’s drive in bad traffic to the east of Covent Garden in central London), we spent the morning shopping for provisions at the famous Borough Market located on the south bank of the River Thames, London, England.
The Market’s web site has a good history and description: “BOROUGH MARKET is rich with history, but it remains as relevant now as it has ever been. As London’s oldest food market, it has been serving the people of Southwark for 1,000 years, and that extraordinary heritage is an important part of its appeal.
“But this is not a museum piece—it is a dynamic, ever-changing institution; a participant in the wider debates around what we eat and where it comes from; a place where food is talked about almost as enthusiastically as it is consumed.
“First and foremost, though, it is a source of genuinely exceptional produce. Many of the Market’s stallholders are themselves producers: the farmer who reared the animal, the fisherman who caught the fish, the baker who baked the bread. Other traders have built their reputations on seeking out small-scale artisan producers and bringing their wares to Borough. Together, the Market’s stalls, shops and restaurants reflect London’s status as a truly global city, with traditional British produce sitting alongside regional specialities from around the world.
“Borough Market is a riot of colours, smells and human engagement. The traders — a vast repository of culinary knowledge — are only too happy to share their expertise with shoppers, or else just pass the time of day. Their voices are added to by the chefs, food writers, campaigners and teachers who help make the Market’s cookery demonstrations, publications, public debates and educational programmes so highly regarded.” – http://boroughmarket.org.uk/
“Borough Market has transformed since I first knew it, but it has always been one of the best examples in the world of not just good produce, but of culture and a growing, sustainable economy.” — Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food
“Neal’s Yard Dairy is a London artisanal cheese retailer and (formerly) cheesemaker, described as “London’s foremost cheese store.” The store is considered as a forerunner of the British wholefood movement and an important part of the revival of London’s Covent Garden district. Founded in 1979 by Nick Saunders and Randolph Hodgson as a cheesemaker’s shop, one of their first customers was Monty Python’s John Cleese. The new owners were still learning how to make cheese, and “had only managed yoghurt that day, so it all rather descended into a ‘Monty Python sketch.’ Despite this rocky start, the store grew from a cheesemaker into a retailer of artisanal, mostly British and Irish cheeses (including farmhouse Cheddar cheese and varieties such as Stinking Bishop), spinning off the cheesemaking operation as Neal’s Yard Creamery in Dorstone, Herefordshire.” — Wikipedia
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