Discover Borough Market’s best restaurants with our insider guide to the area. This includes top date venues and where to find irresistible doughnuts and London’s finest steaks
Borough Market is one of London’s oldest and most famous food markets. It has existed for more than 1,000 years and has become a place of pilgrimage for people wanting to discover the best new food trends and innovative restaurants in the city. The food stalls here offer some of the most exciting produce sold in the capital. Alongside them you will find many of the city’s top eateries. From pasta to tapas, oysters to roast dinners, Borough Market is a fantastic place to eat in London.
Tapas Brindisa is a bustling tapas bar offering authentic Spanish food. Seasonal dishes such as Iberico pork with pine nuts sit alongside classic offerings like patatas bravas, octopus, roasted aubergine and goat cheese and honey. Cured meats, cheeses and breads from Spain also feature on the menu, ensuring your meal is a true celebration of the country and its food.
Tapas Brindisa, 18-20 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TJ, +44 (0)20 7357 8880
Good things come to those who wait, and at non-booking restaurant Padella this is certainly the case. Offering a carefully edited selection of eight pasta dishes, three desserts and a range of antipasti options, Padella attracts London’s foodie crowd, who often form queues to get in. Thanks to this Italian restaurant’s terrific reputation, customers arrive eager to sample gourmet delights, with highlights including pappardelle pasta with Dexter beef shin ragu cooked for eight hours, and pici cacio e pepe, a Tuscan pasta dish with black pepper and garlic. Save room for dessert; the chocolate tart is not to be missed.
Padella, 6 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TQ
A trip to Borough Market would not be complete without visiting Bread Ahead. The bakery offers everything from fermented sourdough bread to focaccia and ciabatta. But the real draw is Bread Ahead’s array of doughnuts. Filled with a variety of indulgent fillings the doughnuts are a perfect sweet fix. You’ll find Bread Ahead stalls on Jubilee Place and Three Crown Square and you can watch bread and doughnuts being prepared at the bakery on Cathedral Street.
Bread Ahead, Cathedral Street, London SE1 9DE
Sunday roast is a cherished British tradition and for one of the best in London head to Roast. Working closely with British food producers and farmers, Roast has created a menu using the finest seasonal ingredients. Choose from several options including roast breast of Goosnargh duck, slow-roast Wicks Manor pork belly and roast breast of Yorkshire pheasant. The restaurant’s spectacular location in Borough Market’s Floral Hall is another draw.
Roast, Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London SE1 1TL, +44 (0)20 3006 6111
For some of the best steaks in London look no further than Hawksmoor Borough. Famous for its top-quality meat, the restaurant offers plenty of choice and its larger dishes, such as Chateaubriand, are perfect for sharing. Anchovy hollandaise, Stilton hollandaise and bone marrow gravy are exciting additions to any dish, and the generous choice of other sides is sure to impress the most discerning of foodies.
Hawksmoor Borough, 16 Winchester Walk, London SE1 9AQ, +44 (0)20 7234 9940
Situated at the edge of Borough Market, Wright Brothers is one of the best places to get oysters in London. The passionate duo behind the restaurant have five eateries in London and the Borough venue is the original location. Intimate and informal, this is a great date spot and with top menu options such as devilled whitebait, king scallops, fish pie and, of course, oysters, it is also one of the best seafood restaurants in the capital.
Wright Brothers, 11 Stoney Street, London SE1 9AD, +44 (0)20 7403 9554