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Street Feast, Dalston Yard

Street Feast, Dalston Yard

I’m pretty late to the blogging party with this one, because Street Fast is now nicely settled into its newest temporary home in Dalston Yard – just up the road from the last incarnation in Merchants Yard. In all honesty I’ve visited three times already in as many weeks, but like a bad blogger I never took my camera until this time. Here’s a peek at why you should definitely visit before it pops down again.

Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Street Feast, Dalston Yard

Street food markets are still a bit hit and miss in London: at one end you have the woefully disorganised ones with massive queues, vendors running out of food early and no toilets; then you have the fancier ones like We Feast which attract high end restaurants and are superbly organised in lovely venues – but charge a hefty fee just to get in before you’ve even bought your food and obligatory cocktail.

Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Street Feast, Dalston Yard

Brilliantly, Street Feast seems to have nailed an ideal middle ground: it’s free, capacity is limited to 500 at a time, the venue is an old car park but well equipped with rustic decor touches, large bars and loads of seating… good vibes all round. The vendors vary from week to week: in past weeks I’ve had Japanese egg curry from Nanban (Tim from Masterchef’s new venture), fried Mauritian fritters, and delicious gelato from Sorbitum.

Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Street Feast, Dalston Yard

This week I was delighted to find Horn OK Please which offers veggie Indian street snacks – I went for a samosa chat, topped with chickpea curry and some fabulous chutneys.

Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Street Feast, Dalston Yard

Josh had tacos from Street Feast stalwarts Breddos (you can find them at Netil Market in London Fields too) followed by salted caramel and pecan bites from the excellently-named You Doughnut.

Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Street Feast, Dalston Yard

There’s really someone for everyone, from jerk chicken to handmade gnocchi, to an old fashioned burger and chips (albeit poshed up with rosemary salt). There could be more choice for veggies but I can generally find something new to try each time.

Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Street Feast, Dalston Yard

The crowd’s a variety of all ages, with little kids having as much fun at the adults.

Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Street Feast, Dalston Yard

For the gin fans, there’s even a separate little bar dedicated to the good stuff including a very passable Negroni.

Street Feast, Dalston Yard

Vibes are high, in other words. Make sure to check it out before it moves on again.

Reminder: fair tomorrow

A little reminder that I’m doing the Cabbages & Kings designer-maker fair tomorrow at Abney hall on Stoke Newington Church Street. Tonight is all last-minute prep!


I can’t promise that Wonder Cat himself will make an appearance, but as you can see he’s applied his rigorous quality control…

Ropewalk, SE1

Ropewalk, SE1

Well well, the area around Maltby Street near Bermondsey has certainly levelled up since the last time we visited. Now christened The Ropewalk, it’s more like a mini food market, with the suppliers in the archways spilling onto the narrow lane to feed the through traffic. From wine bars to coffee, cocktails and local cheeses, it’s a great place to hang out on a sunny Saturday lunchtime.

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Maltby St, SE1

Borough Market - veg
Borough Market - olives

Much as I love the range of foody goodies on offer at London Bridge’s Borough Market, it’s just too packed out on a Saturday and often ends up being more stressful than fun. Much more relaxing is a stroll away from the crowds, past the massive queues for the London Dungeons and across a quiet council estate, to the lovely little local food suppliers tucked under the railway arches in an area known as Maltby Street.

Maltby Street

On Druid St (yes, confusingly most of the stalls aren’t actually on Maltby Street), Booth’s sells a huge range of tempting fresh fruit and veg. It’s where I picked up the samphire and courgette flowers for last weekend’s cooking exploits. They also have a good range of Asian bottled sauces, herbs and spices, and Italian storecupboard supplies like pasta and polenta. Also on this street you’ll find Neal’s Yard dairy and bakery, and the amazing La Grotta ices.

Borough Market

Just around the corner on the actual Maltby Street, Monmouth coffee is sold ready to drink or in takeout bags of beans, with none of the queues always found at their spot opposite Borough Market.

Kernel @ Maltby Street

Rope Walk is home to The Kernel‘s HQ, a craft beer brewery who produce limited runs of outstandingly good pale ales, stouts and porters. You can buy bottles to take away (Josh always stocks up) or crack one open and enjoy it at the tables set out nearby.

The Lassco wood salvage yard stores a lot of their stock under the next-door arches, and while they aren’t officially open on Saturdays you can poke around the stock.

Kernel beer

Mmmm, beer haul…

Check out maltbystreet.com to see all the businesses in the area, and here’s a good article about all the producers.


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Chatsworth Road E5

Chatsworth Road market
Intrigued by a Time Out feature on new London markets, we headed over to Chatsworth Road on Sunday. It’s an up-and-coming area wedged between Clapton and Homerton, fast on its way to gentrification judging by the gourmet coffee shops, French delis and vegan cafes that are popping up along the street.

Chatsworth Road market
Chatsworth Road market
Chatsworth Road market
I was particularly taken with Creperie du Monde at number 51. They rustle up fresh waffles and omelettes alongside the namesake crepes, with a wide variety of delicious-sounding sweet and savoury fillings. Wash it all down with a Climpson & Sons coffee from nearby Broadway market. The little caff is a model of industrial-chic decor, plus it smells amazing from the constant supply of fresh batter being cooked up right at the counter. It was bustling and busy, spilling out onto the pavement outside — a perfect Sunday hangout spot.

Other nice-looking eateries of note along the street: l’Epicerie 56, a cosy deli-come-cafe, and Chatsworth Kitchen, for more hearty homecooked fare.

Chatsworth Road market
There’s plenty more food and goodies on offer from the market stalls running down the street: everything from Japanese okonomiyaki to the now-ubiquitous cupcakes, plus hand-ground coffee and Persian mezzes. (Josh got an Indian Karachi wrap which came with free channa, above.) Plus it looked like some opportunistic shop and cafe owners had got in on the act: one had set up small barbecue for to-go burgers, and a lady was selling handmade sushi plates outside a newsagent. A little ramshackle, in the nicest way.

Chatsworth Road market
Chatsworth Road market

Photo: Chalk

The main drag’s stalls are mostly foody, but tucked off a side road opposite the creperie there was small vintage and homemade market set up by Hackney Home. Lovely laser-cut jewellery from Chalk‘s stall was tempting me.

Chatsworth Road market

The Chatsworth Road market is on every other Sunday, with the next one on May 1st. Make the trip out there if you can, I reckon it’s worth it.


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