If London’s restaurant scene is an ocean, then Borough Market’s restaurants are an entire private beach of choices.
For this post, however, we’re not going to be sailing into the heart of the Borough Market itself, but rather taking a look at the fabulous array of restaurants making waves in the area around the market. (Yes, we are sticking with the ocean analogy – wouldn’t our English teachers be proud?)
Reviewed by Lily Frohlich
Newly-opened modern European restaurant Arthur Hooper’s serves sharing-style dishes made with fresh ingredients. They’ve even sourced produce from local market suppliers including Cannon & Cannon and Androuet. We loved it there so much we must have recommended them to every colleague, family member, friend, and casual acquaintance we have.
If you’ve been tasked with the (frankly horrifying) task of picking a spot for a first date, you’re guaranteed to impress with this Borough Market restaurant. It provides the perfect evening ambiance with an 80s soundtrack that was surprisingly complimentary. (At one point they even played the theme from Ghostbusters and, for some unknown reason, it worked.) Try the burrata with samphire and almonds – you won’t regret it.
8 Stoney Street, London Bridge, SE1 9AA
Reviewed by Alex Landon
Another new entry to the area is Great Guns Social, who are bringing the crème de la crème of London’s chefs to Borough. They’re running a series of residencies, allowing culinary wizards to take over the menu and serve whatever their hearts desire (within reason). First to step up to the plate is Khalid Dahbi, who’s put together a Moroccan-inspired feast, just in time to warm you up this autumn. He’ll be in residence into the new year, at which point a new chef and new menu will emerge to entice you back! Great Guns Social have also put together an impressive, film-inspired cocktail list – try the Barbarella, or Han Shot First.
96 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0EF
As well as boasting a popular stall at Borough Market, this vibrant Spanish tapas bar offers a wide range of meat, seafood, and vegetarian tapas dishes alongside a tempting selection of wine. Kick the evening off with a cheeky glass of Cava then while away the hours ordering more sharing dishes than you probably need and pretending you’re on the Spanish Riviera (a lot of imagination may be required).
18-20 Southwark St, SE1 1TJ
This Middle Eastern restaurant offers plenty of choices from breakfast to dinner. You’ll be bound to find something to indulge in at this Borough Market gem. It’s also the perfect place for drinks, offering a wide choice of exciting and unusual cocktails such as the Baklawa Special (baklawa syrup, vermouth, lemon, and egg white) and the Turkish Coffee Martini (vodka, turkish coffee, kahlua, and cardamom syrup).
Borough Market, 3 Rochester Walk, London SE1 9AF
5. Rabot 1745
This Saint Lucian Plantation House themed restaurant focuses on Cacao-centric cuisine and is home to a glorious terrace overlooking Borough Market itself. Expect interesting oddities such as white chocolate mash and the rump steak burger with cacao beer braised onions. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!
2-4 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL
Obviously we love this restaurant as it ties us back in with the whole ‘ocean’ thing we were going with earlier, but also ‘cos it’s delicious… Or should we say defishous. The concept of Fish! is simple – fresh fish, cooked in front of you and served with flair. The majority of their produce is sourced from Borough Market, including the soft shell fried crab bun and the whole lobster and chips (for when you feel fancy AF).
Borough Market, Cathedral Street, London, SE1 9AL