Join Borough Market for a day of un-bee-lievable inspiration on how to support urban bees, as part of Chelsea Fringe. The Market Hall will be buzzing with bee experts who’ll be on hand to dispense inspiring planting ideas for urban spaces, as well as sharing their expertise about hives and urban bee keeping. Local author of ‘Planting for Honey Bees: the growers guide to creating a buzz’, Sarah Wyndham-Lewis will stop by for a live chat, plus there’ll be a chance to meet Dale Gibson of Bermondsey Street Bees. You won’t want to miss the honey cookery demonstration with chef Angela Clutton from 1-2.30pm, plus a special visit from Bee Friendly Trust and their troupe of Waggle dancers! The event is free to all, and will take place in the Market Hall on the 25th May, 10-4pm. Full details
The London Pizza Festival returns to Borough Market’s Jubilee Place on Sunday 20th May, bringing with it several slices of cheesy goodness. Whether you prefer a traditional Italian style margherita or something altogether more experimental, London’s Pizza Festival is the place for you. With six pop up pizzerias to choose from you won’t be disappointed, plus it’s all washed down with a glass of pale ale, which is included in your ticket price. If spending the day sampling different pizzas is your idea of heaven, then get involved! This year’s pizza makers include The Perfectionists’ Café, Wandercrust, Santa Maria Pizzeria, Hai Cenato, Mother and ‘O ver. Tickets are available from the Young & Foodish website.
Location: Courage Yard, Shad Thames Dates: 2nd June & 11th August, 10am-4pm FREE TO ATTEND Give your weekly shop an artisan upgrade at Shad Thames’ newest pop-up market – Provisions. Landing at Courage Yard on 2nd June and 11th August, 10am-4pm, Provisions will be the perfect opportunity to stock up on all the essentials – namely seasonal fruit and veg, freshly baked bread, cakes and biscuits, raw honey, delicious cheeses, deli goods, locally-roasted coffee, condiments, sauces and seasonings, craft spirits, olives, spreads and marmalade, ice cream, oysters and more! Provisions will be championing local, independent traders, producers, farmers and makers in order to showcase the very best of what London has to offer and bring it to your kitchens. In addition, local favourites Bermondsey Bees will be joining in for a special ‘Meet the Beekeeper’ pop-up, featuring a glass display hive containing a local honeybee colony from their Bermondsey Street rooftop. The educational experience will give visitors the chance to see their local honeybees at work, learn about their role in London and beyond, try on a bee suit and get a hands on experience with a smoker (unlit), beeswax and propolis! Bermondsey Bees’ multi-award winning raw honey, handmade beeswax candles and their new book ‘Planting for Honeybees’ will also be on sale in the Provisions market. As a nod to the history of an area previously known as ‘London’s Larder, Provisions will also be a part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture which takes place across London during the month of June. The full festival line-up will be published here.
The Hide has been a feature of Bermondsey Street, SE1 for the last 11 years. They have a regularly changing selection of twelve draught beers from London craft brewers, six draught cocktails made with London-distilled spirits, and a huge selection of gins and cocktails, all made with London ingredients. Food is also London-sourced with suppliers including local Kappacasein cheese and Bermondsey Street Bees honey, and ranges from brunch through to sharing cheese and meat platters for the evening. Coffee comes from SE1’s Gentlemen Baristas. The Hide is offering DealCard holders a discount of 20% off all food. 39-45 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XF thehidebar.com
In 2013 Owner and Founder of BOB’s Lobster, Rob Dann (pictured centre) set out on a mission to blur the boundaries of fine dining and street food; serving exquisite seafood and wines curb-side from a VW Campervan. Five years on, the business has gone from strength to strength and now BOB’s are preparing to park up permanently for the first time in the arches of London Bridge. Here’s the low down on what’s to come. Tell us about the journey of BOB’s Lobster so far… Wow, what a journey its been. I guess it started in 2012 in Indiana, USA, which is where our 1957 VW camper came from. We figured since Indiana was in-land that rust would be minimal (we were wrong). We imported her to the UK and over 9 months transformed her into a the most unique food and wine outlet London has seen and we haven’t stopped since. After almost 5 years of touring, pop-ups and collaborations, our little food truck has given us so much more than we ever envisaged or bargained for. Countless meals in countless neighbourhoods, running late in to the night, a hangout for culinary tourists from all over the world, a front row seat at fashion shows and concerts and more lobster than you can imagine… all from possibly the smallest kitchen in the world! Of course there were also countless van breakdowns, many midnight trips to market, a distinct lack of sleep and the odd downpour, but we wouldn’t change a thing! We are excited to announce that it is time to hang up the keys and park ourselves in our first permanent site this year, right where it all began at London Bridge, delivering our signature seafood extravagance and stellar wines in a casual setting. What are you looking forward to about opening a restaurant in London Bridge/ why did you choose London Bridge as a location? It’s so exciting to open our first BOB’s Lobster down the road from our sister wine bar Bedales of Borough, not to mention where it all started and we hosted our first ever pop up, right at the intersection of London’s iconic Borough Market and the buzz of Bermondsey Street. How would you describe BOB’s philosophy? We have a philosophy of good food, good wine and great hospitality. We wanted to challenge convention and formal dining rooms, stripping away white linen table cloths and serving up seafood extravagance curb-side with a street food twist. We’re excited to hear that the new restaurant will also be home to a wine bar – can you tell us your ideal dish and wine pairing? Our Dorset crab tortellini, with shaved bottarga in smoked tomato broth works so well with a glass of Viognier, Roussanne Granit Blanc 2017, Vin de Pays de L’Ardeche, Vincent Paris, Rhone, France. The Viognier, which is aromatic, rich and creamy is a perfect match with the sweet meat of the crab and the weight of the wine ideal for the silky texture of the pasta. Can you summarise the BOB’s Lobster experience in 3 words? Extravagant. London. Fun If we have to try one thing on the menu what would it be? The smoked river Exe mussels & braised ox cheek toast is amazing, it will change your life. BOB’s Lobster Wine Bar & Kitchen is set to open at Unit 59, St Thomas Street on May 18th 2018.
BOB’s Lobster began as a street food and wine truck in 2013, trading in the evenings at Borough Market. Their mission was to challenge convention; stripping away the white linen table cloths to serve up seafood extravagance curb-side on paper plates. Now BOB’s will be parking up permanently for the first time in London Bridge, where they’ll be opening as BOB’s Lobster Wine Bar & Kitchen on St Thomas St in May 2018. The restaurant will be a fast-fine eatery and wine bar, serving exquisite seafood with a playful street-food twist. The menu will evolve from day to night, featuring an array of small plates and the best of land and sea to encourage guests to experience as many flavours & textures as possible. Small plates will include Smoked River Exe Mussels & Braised Ox Cheek Dripping Toast, Dorset Crab Tortellini, Fried Chicken with Caviar Aioli, and playful bar snacks such as ‘Fries with Eyes’, Smoked Cod Roe dip served with crispy salmon skin and corn tortilla chips. These plates will be served alongside street food signature dishes that you know and love, such as Ahi Tuna Tacos, Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and bite-size versions of their famous Lobster Roll. Find out more about BOB’s Lobster Opening times: Monday – Saturday 11AM – Midnight/ Sunday – 11AM – 7PM Twitter: @BOBs_Lobster/ Instagram: @BOBs_Lobster
Join Borough Market on Sunday 22nd April for a family-friendly day filled with food, music, storytelling and theatre, celebrating the influence Saint George has had around the world. His cross is on our flag and we have claimed the day of his death as our national day, but it would be a stretch to claim Saint George as our own. In fact, this Turkish-born Roman soldier is patron saint not only of countries ranging from England and Lithuania to Ethiopia and Catalonia but of butchers, shepherds and farmers too! Sample unique St George’s day products regular traders and marvel at the things on offer from special guests too, including a performance of George and the Dragon from local theatre group the Lion’s Part, a dance around the maypole as you may never have seen it before from Folk Dance Remixed and the construction of a human tower from the Castellers of London. Borough regular Luke Mackay will be in the Demo Kitchen, along with Dom from trader Northfield Farm, for free cooking demonstrations highlighting meat and butchery. Whether he’s your patron saint or not, the multicultural sounds, smells and tastes of St George’s Day are not to be missed!
Italian gem Padella is the culmination of owner’s Tim and Jordan’s long held dream to open a pasta bar serving fresh, hand rolled pasta. The menu is packed full of simple yet delicious sauces and fillings inspired by the duo’s trips to Italy, at unbeatable prices. Don’t be put off by the queue – it moves quickly and you can leave your name while you grab a drink next door at one of the famous Borough Market’s watering holes. https://www.padella.co
Pizza-lovers favourite Franco Manca has come a long way since its doors opened in Brixton Market in 2008; they now have over 40 branches across the UK. The local London Bridge branch is based on Bermondsey Steet, serving delicious sourdough pizza with high-quality toppings at unbeatable prices. Franco Manca are now taking bookings ONLY between 3 – 6pm from Monday to Thursday, subject to availability.
A relocation from Shoreditch brings Mexico City inspired Santo Remedio to the former site of Magdalen restaurant on Tooley Street. Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes have created a ‘cantina’ /‘comedor’ set up across two floors, serving regional specialities like their signature guacamole with grasshoppers, paired with artisanal tequila and mezcal cocktails. Inspired by the taquerias, markets, homes and celebrations of Mexico, they import speciality ingredients like Pasilla and Serranos to give their dishes an authentic flavour. They also work with local producers like Gringa Dairy in Peckham who produce their artisanal Mexican cheeses. Book your table.