My visit to Borough Market was not planned ahead at all. My friends and I just sort of walked pass it and decided to grab a quick bite. But the visit turned out to be a lot more than that.
Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market, one of the oldest and biggest in London. Located on the south end of London Bridge, the history of the market can date back to the 11th century.
In Borough Market, products are all about freshness. Almost all vendors hold up signs and slogans claiming this, including one of my favorite, “From Boat To Borough”. A perfect advertisement with a nice alliteration. Quite neat, isn’t it?
Generally speaking, there are three main types products at Borough Market, veggies, seafood and homemade/house-made. I didn’t explored the veggie and homemade part thoroughly this time, because those seafood booths already caught all of my attention!!
They caught my attention not only because the seafood themselves are fresh, tasty and fairly cheap, but also the warm-hearted vendors. They are not like the stereotypical Brits who are depicted as reserved and a bit aloof, but are rather hospitable. Most of them are, indeed.
We stopped in front of a booth selling cooked mussels. It smelled so good and we just couldn’t move a step. The friendly vendor nicely offered free sample to every one of us, and we decided to buy a full share instantly for the good taste and his hospitality. To be honest, the full share is quite big even for the three of us, and it only costs us £6.5. Last time I had it at a restaurant in Edinburgh, it was £16.50.
I am very happy that we found this place and stepped in. Although it looks quite mundane from the outside, what’s inside is really gonna be surprisingly amazing to all. I am definitely going to pay this place a lot more visits. My mussels are waiting!