market day in the city

living in a big city, doesn’t give you the biggest opportunity to get out into country as much as perhaps you would like to. however saying that, a lot of the country seems to be sneaking its way into town more and more. which is a good thing, a very good thing. traditions like the weekend farmers market seem to be popping up in all the boroughs of ye olde london town. the del trotter type of market of only fools and horses fame, seem to be slowing fading away and making room for markets which have a far stronger focus of good quality locally grown fruit, veg and other foodie delights. all of this sitting along side small creative design businesses, vintage furniture, and bric-a-brac for thrifty and restorative types.

we have one just down the road. just a normal little road of the main stretch of great shopping opportunities, where on a day-to-day basis there are a great collection of little local shops. from handmade british confectionary from hope and greenwood. a beauty emporium called dr boo’s, which means not having to trek into town for my favourite ren products. a lovely florists, the fresh flower company, who provided the flowers for the HPMcQ wedding. a great card shop, postmark, that has all you need for every occasion. a homeware and gift shop called ed, which is a third of a little local chain of stores each with their own handwriting and styling to homewares, and a fabulous hairdressers just for the smalls, little clippers. this is just a small selection but perhaps some of our favourites.

north cross road

however on a saturday the road is blocked off and the market stalls fill the road. this is our favourite day to go and have a wander. it’s all about the food for the HPMcQs!

market day

the hog roast, mine and mr HPMcQs favourite. beyond delishhog roast

the brownie bar, something for after?brownie bar

ambriento – the mexican taco vanmexican taco van

kernal popcorn
pop cornthe viet van – vietnamese loveliness in a tuk tuk vietnamese tuk tuk

and ronnies absolute favourite the olive and sausage stall, now which ones shall we have!olives and sausage



    • December 22, 2013 / 00:01

      both of which i would highly recommend! #countrykids

  1. December 21, 2013 / 20:46

    Wow that looks amazing!! Love the photos too – just wonderful *craves brownies*

  2. December 21, 2013 / 21:47

    A feast for the senses! How lucky to have this every Saturday – what a treat. As you say it’s great to have these high quality goods on your doorstep to enjoy and it also entices you out of the house on a Saturday! Thanks for linking up and sharing your weekend delights with Country Kids.

    • December 22, 2013 / 00:16

      we are lucky indeed. what great is that it is ever evolving and new exciting stuff always being added into the mix. we never leave with out a giant pot of olives though for ronnie to munch his way through

    • December 23, 2013 / 12:35

      well if ever you are in town on a saturday come and join us! happy christmas maggy x

    • December 23, 2013 / 12:47

      thanks jane, i love it there on a saturday really buzzing with hungry people!

  3. December 23, 2013 / 12:41

    Wow, it all looks delicious, and I do fancy a brownie now! Lovely photos, they really capture the atmosphere

    • December 23, 2013 / 12:48

      it always smells delicious too, even if you’re not hungry at the time by the time you leave you always appear to have some food of some kind!

  4. December 23, 2013 / 13:03

    I love this SO much. Local markets, local people, proper community – and there’s no finer time for community than Christmas xxx

    • December 23, 2013 / 13:07

      Hear hear! Even Mary Portas has set up shop #shoplocal

  5. December 23, 2013 / 16:03

    I love the farmer’s markets that come to our town once a month, and occasionally a French market. You just don’t find food like that in the supermarkets

    • December 23, 2013 / 17:05

      It’s great that these kinds of market are just becoming the norm now. People’s expectations of what good food looks like has changed so much.

  6. December 23, 2013 / 21:14

    Ooh that Brownie Bar looks amazing! I love little markets its lovely to see local producers bring their finest wares to sell.

  7. December 23, 2013 / 22:06

    I live out in the sticks and I MUCH prefer London’s markets! I used to live near Columbia road… absolutely gorgeous x

    • December 23, 2013 / 22:39

      now columbia road that is a market! my father side of the family are all from the eastend. my great aunt lil lived on columbia road for 30 years or more maybe. i have spent many a sunday on the market and many a late night in the the royal oak or the birdcage. once saw alexander mcqueen late one evening in the birdcage!!

  8. December 23, 2013 / 22:59

    I love local markets! There’s always so much to discover and I love the friendly vibe x

    • December 23, 2013 / 23:00

      everyone is scoffing so they have happy belly’s!

  9. December 24, 2013 / 09:45

    The market looks amazing. My husband would spend all day there 🙂

    • December 24, 2013 / 10:02

      we spend a fair amount of time, eating our way round!

  10. December 25, 2013 / 19:18

    That sounds and looks so yummy, good job I’m well fed today 🙂

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