I’ve heard a lot of good things about Maltby Street Market so a friend and I decided to head on over and check it out. It’s located between Bermondsey and London Bridge so pretty easy to get to. There are no signs but luckily it wasn’t too tricky to find. We chose a rainy day to go (not intentionally!) so I don’t know if all of the usual stalls were there but we found a few absolute gems. There are also a few more permanent cafes there which we didn’t try so that’s definitely a good excuse to have to go back! We wandered up and down to assess all the options but there was one stall which was calling to me. Possibly something to do with the name – The Cheese Truck!
They sell toasted cheese sandwiches. These are not any toasted cheese sandwiches though (and I consider myself to be quite a connoisseur), these are the ultimate cheese sandwich.
You choose which sandwich you want and then they put it on the hot plate and turn it into melted cheese perfection. Flipping it over and pressing it down as they go to ensure an even melt.
I opted for a Spanish cheese (which is difficult to pronounce) and chorizo. It was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten, no jokes! I am hungry just writing this. Crispy bread, tangy melted cheese and spicy chorizo. Just look at that!
They are at Maltby Street every weekend and other food markets in the week so make sure you follow them on Twitter and Instagram and then go pay them a visit. You will not regret it, although their Instagram might make you ridiculously hungry!
Being slightly less of a cheese fiend as me (but still very appreciative of how great my sandwich was!), my friend was drawn to the stall next door where they were selling tuna steak burgers. The freshest tuna, cooked in front of you, topped with bacon, cheese and caremalised onions in a toasted brioche bun. It sounds like a slightly unusual combination but it worked so well.
This photo does not do it justice, it tasted so good! We have both been telling everyone about it and will definitely be going back soon for another one. It is hard to describe the taste of it but as tuna is quite a meaty fish it really does work so well. I wouldn’t be so keen if it was something like salmon!
As it was such a miserable day on the weather front, we needed something to warm us up. Luckily Hot Polish Punch was at the ready. Obviously we went for the optional kick, it would have been rude not to! It was so good. I didn’t think a hot, spicy, vodka based drink would be that good but it was delicious. So much so that we guzzled it down before I had a chance to take a photo!
On the way in we’d passed the Bad Brownie Co stall and despite not being hungry anymore we thought we should definitely get some for the road! The flavour options were so good that it was difficult to choose.
Eventually we opted for the Salted Caramel and the Champagne & White Chocolate. The salted caramel needed no introduction, we were sure it would be delicious and it was. Layers of caramel packed between brownie, every bite melted in your mouth. The champagne and white chocolate was also amazing, you could actually taste the champagne which I wasn’t expecting so that was a welcome treat! We left full of good intentions to save them until we got home but we’d barely got in the car before the whole lot had been devoured (predominantly by me)!
I would highly recommend Maltby Street to anyone who likes food or eating. There is something for everyone – I only mentioned the food that we are but there was Asian food, Caribbean food, burgers made from exotic animals and a bakery which sells fantastic doughnuts. So if you’re stuck with what to do on a weekend and don’t fancy the hoardes of people at Borough Market then pop on down to Maltby Street. It’s also all quite reasonably priced which is a winner.