A Gastro Tour of Borough Market

June 20th, 2007

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Last Friday afternoon I took the tube from work to London Bridge to take a ‘Gastro Tour’ of London’s famous Borough Market. The tour had been arranged by Walid from Trusted Places and was led by Celia Brooks Brown, who runs these tours on a regular basis. Walid had kindly invited me along with several other food bloggers and a few food journalists from The Guardian and Waitrose Illustrated. I’d never met another food blogger before and it was wonderful to meet like minded people, as passionate about food as I am, who I’d talked to via email and through comments on our blogs but never met.

The tour itself started with a history of the market and then we were led around it, meeting various stall holders and tasting fabulous wares as we went. We got to try wheat grass – one small shot of which contains the same amount of vitamins as a week’s worth of fruit and veg – the amazing parmesan cheese from The Parmesan Cheese Company – the owners of which had made it their lifetime’s work to find the very best parmesan cheese to sell right here in London – the sweetest white balsamic vinegar and the extraodinary (and perhaps not to everybody’s taste) truffle honey. We also got to hold an ostridge egg (did you know one egg feeds 5-6 people? That’s a big omelette.), taste wines from Bedales (hot tip coming up: chilled reds are going to be big this Summer) and eat scallops cooked for us at the Shellseekers stall.

The tour was nicely rounded up with a glass of chilled white wine and oysters at Roast restaurant, which offers food from the very market it overlooks.

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    3 Responses to “A Gastro Tour of Borough Market”

    1. Weekend Carnivore Says:

      I would love to have gone on that tour. Not only do I enjoy the market (though I barely get there) but as a mostly vegetarian I have followed Celia Brooks Brown for a while now.

      I love to go around London foodie places on photo safaris and I keep meaning to do one at Borough Market.

    2. Julia Says:

      I'm pretty sure Celia still does the tours, check out her website: http://www.celiabrooksbrown.com/

    3. thecuriousbaker Says:

      wow,looks like I definitely need to pop down there. I'll see if I can get in on one of those tours, I think they have a Christmas market there right now as well :)

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