I love visiting Borough Market- a complete sensory experience for any foodie; I really wish I lived closer to it so it could be a much more regular haunt. I am always on the lookout for similar markets and think may have found a mini version of it with the Covent Garden Real Food Market.
After seeing The Dessert Deli mention the market on Twitter, I thought I would take myself off for a trip there.
As with any good food market, I could smell it before I saw it. This is why it reminded me of a mini, scaled down version of Borough. The day I went, there were about 15 stalls, with a range of products. The most popular stalls were the ones selling ready to eat food, including pasta and hot meat sandwiches which were popular with the swarms of Covent Garden tourists. There were also a few bread stalls selling their wares and lots of cake stalls. I paid a visit to the Dessert Deli and brought a slice of deliciously moist Banoffee Cake and some tiny fudgy chocolate brownies which were presented in a little gift bag, very handy for me to take as a gift to a party later on that evening! It was hard to choose what to get from the Dessert Deli stall as everything was presented in such a way that I could have eaten everything! But I had to resist the sugar rush especially as I had spooted another stall selling Oreo Cupcakes!
I also enjoyed sampling some flavoured oils and balsamic vinegars and brought a bottle of truffle infused balsamic glaze.
I had hoped to buy and sample some cheeses as was promised on the leaflet, but alas no cheesy stalls for me. I would love to return to buy some more goodies but will have to wait until the holidays as the powers that be have moved this market to a Thursday from Saturday, am sure there is a good reason for it, but this does mean us mere mortals who usually work in the week cannot visit on a regular basis.
If you are in the Covent Garden area on a Thursday, don’t make lunch or afternoon plans and go along to the market and enjoy a delectable feast.