Following the success of their test run last December, The Stock MKT was back in Bermondsey Square, SE1 on Friday 27th April, and I was there to take the official photos of the event!
Located just 10 minutes walk from Borough station, Bermondsey Square already hosts a famous antiques fair every Friday. The area was regenerated in 2009 to include apartments, restaurants and a boutique hotel and it is in this setting that the Stock MKT takes place.
As well as some of London’s best food stalls, you can find vintage clothes, arts and crafts, with the soundtrack of live music played by Albert Ball’s Flying Aces.
The weather gods looked after us on the night and gave us a break of sunshine after a month of endless rain! I arrived before sunset, the food stalls still warming up their ovens and grills, people beginning to gather in the square.
I spent a few hours taking photos and chatting to the sellers and to the many Twitter friends I bumped into. By the time I decided to get some food, around 8:30pm, there were LONG queues everywhere! Even worst, the Pizza Pilgrims had sold out! This was very disappointing for my parents, who really wanted to try the pilgrims’ pizza (luckily they were able to do so a few days later at Berwick Street Market).
We queued for more than 30 minutes at Bhangra Burger, worried that the food would be over by the time we reached the stall. Luckily we were able to buy their juicy burger wrap, served with homemade chutney and pickles. It was delicious and very spicy! The Bhangra Burgers made miracles of producing more food whenever it seemed they were running out of it and they eventually fed everyone in the queue!
In the meantime, Sandy managed to grab a vegetarian platter from Horn OK Please. I love their Aloo Dosa, sadly they had run out of it, so we tried the Bhel Puri and Pani Puri instead. With extra chilli especially for Sandy – his Indian taste buds required something stronger than the English customers! ;)
For dessert, I bought two of my favourite cheesecakes from the Sweet Tooth Factory. I love Kaelie’s cakes and I couldn’t let my parents leave London without trying them!
As you can imagine, I was pretty stuffed after all this food, but I simply could not resist trying Bea’s of Bloomsbury deep-fried Valrhona brownie on a stick!
Deep-fried brownie, you say? Yes, I know, it sounds as bad as the deep-fried Mars bar you find in Edinburgh, but NO, it is not bad at all. It is actually delicious: a moist chocolate heart with a meringue coating covered in melted vanilla ice-cream and hot caramel sauce. I do love Bea’s of Bloomsbury for making this!
Among the food and drinks on offer at The Stock MKT, there was also:
Kamm & Sons and their cocktail trolley-bike.
The famous Big Apple Hot Dogs by Abiye Cole.
New entry in the street food scene: the Kebab Kitchen by James Ramsden and Oliver Thring.
Pom Pom Japanese dumplings: I am actually gutted I didn’t manage to try these before they sold out! :(
Pretty cupcakes by the Yummy Boutique.
The Stock MKT at Bermondsey Square has got new dates lined up in June, August, September and November and it will also be ‘on tour’ in other London locations in 2012.