As we neared the end of our time in London, we found ourselves going back to the guidebook to make sure we’d seen all of the major sights of interest. In the book we referenced, we were surprised to see Borough Market ranked as the number one thing to see. Number one out of EVERYTHING in the city. Our Couch Surfing host insisted it wasn’t all that great, certainly not deserving of the top spot, but we love markets and decided to check it out anyway. It was packed! So packed it was on the verge of being uncomfortable to navigate. We endured the chaos and left victorious, with full bellies and a loaf of artisan bread to take home.
After making the rounds and assessing the options, it became very obvious that The Veggie Table was getting our lunch money. There weren’t a lot of veggie options at Borough Market, just this place and a falafel stand that looked interesting. However, there was no compromise involved with choosing the only purely veg option.
The Veggie Table had a long lineup. During the wait, we had a chance to review the menu and decided on a Superveg burger on salad for £6.50 ($8.75 USD)
Their Superveg burger was proudly displayed with its list of ingredients. This healthy vegan and gluten free burger is handmade from a blend of carrot, leek, onion, red pepper, tomato, courgette, celery, quinoa, almonds, Brazil nuts, sultanas, garlic, ginger, chili, chickpea flour, cumin and sea salt. All good stuff!
The salad options also looked fantastic. They had several varieties, including mixed greens, raw veg & toasted seeds, broccoli, potato salad, and bulgur wheat & veg. For our salad portion, we asked for a little bit of everything.
After a few minutes of quick prep our burger on salad was ready to go and neatly packed into a takeout container.
We now had a generous portion of healthy whole grains and veggies to share. There were three layers to enjoy. On the bottom, a lovely, flavourful and fresh salad. In the middle, the nutty and hearty burger. Topping it all off, a sweet red onion jam. This is my idea of a perfect meal.
We shared our healthy lunch while sitting with many other Veggie Table customers and Borough Market shoppers in the nearby courtyard, managing to finish just before it started to rain (again!).
On the way out, we found the strength to pass by the delicious looking juice and chutney. We headed straight for the Paul Rhodes bakery stand.
We’d visited a Paul Rhodes store in Greenwich a few days earlier but didn’t buy anything. This time, we were determined not to leave without one of their delicious looking fresh loafs of bread. We were late in the day and the selection was starting to dwindle. We snagged the last loaf of Spelt Apple Cider for £3.00 GBP ($4.37 USD).
Despite the crowds, we had a lot of fun at Borough Market. I’d say it’s definitely worth visiting if you are in the area. If you can’t make it to Borough Market, you can find The Veggie Table at Whitecross Street Market, Broadway Market, The Slow Food Market and Venn Street Market.
8 Southwark Street
London, United Kingdom
Tel: 020 7407 1002