Finding food in England that won’t give you stone cold shits is like trying to find a salad joint in Mississippi. It just doesn’t work that way.
For a country that annually spends £1.2 billion on fish and chips and birthed Marmite, this isn’t news. Yes, good eats do exist, but they sure are hard to find if you don’t know any better.
So, we’re going to save you time and well earned cash with this gold nugget: Eat breakfast and lunch at the markets. (For dinner, you can fill up on “cheeky chicken” and dank beer.) Markets in the UK are cheaper and will generally use only local, quality ingredients. That means less curious bullshit going into your food and a wider range of variety in one easy-to-navigate place.
While all markets in London are promising, from massive Borough Market to five-stall Goodge Place Market, Broadway Market makes you giddy with joy as soon as the smell of warm curry and fresh salmon toast grace your nostrils. We descended on the edible oasis early one Saturday after a particularly rough night out in Hackney. We took pictures and ate everything in sight, even letting the boys at Le Swine convince us to try their inglorious bacon butty (below) after we were four pies deep.
In a land of meat and two veg, it was a welcome sight for our heavy, hungover hearts.
scotch eggs at finest fayre
methi butteta at gujarati rasoi
brilliant, stinky cheeses at raw cheese power
the meltiest smoked salmon at hansen & lydersen
creamy olives + dill at borough olives
mini savory pies at the pie cart
meringues + meringue cake at meringue girls
obligatory stop at climpson & sons
truffles at dark sugars
vietnamese sandwich at bếp haus
crispy, juicy roasted pig at roast hog
eggy bacon butty at le swine
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHARISMA MADARANG, 7DEADLY