This Saturday saw two very special birthdays, Brockley Market turned three, and Borough Market turned one thousand, and I hear they both celebrated in style. Unfortunately I couldn’t join them on the day, so consoled myself on the Sunday, as any food lover might, with a trip to a market in its infancy, but certainly wise beyond its years. Perhaps learning from its older sister Brockley, Wapping Market has lots of incredible “eat me now” options to tempt your taste buds, as well as fresh produce to take home and whip up into something delectable in your own kitchen.
I’ve been meaning to pay Wapping Market a visit for just over a couple of months now, basically from the day it began on 29th June 2014, and it did not disappoint. I managed to choose one of those crisp early autumn days to visit, complete with bright sunshine and orange leaves on the ground which make a satisfying crunchy sound. This, plus good food, is my favourite type of day, so let’s just say I felt very content.
I was greeted with a lovely atmosphere and then with burgers and buns galore. I challenge anyone not to struggle in deciding what to indulge in. On the day Bill or Beak seemed to be doing a roaring trade, and I’m not surprised when their burgers look like this:
Mother Flipper also had some very tempting options. But my sweet tooth got the better of me on this occasion and I decided to skip savoury and plump straight for doughnut.
Crosstown doughnuts came on my radar fairly recently, but I can’t help but feel like I must have been living under a rock not to have known about them sooner, as they’re going from strength to strength. I hear they have become a firm favourite at Wapping, I’ve seen them stocked in Selfridges Food Hall, and rumour has it that they might have a cafe by Christmas, so however you decide to get your hands on one, or many, it’s a must. I’d highly recommend, of course, coming to Wapping to see (and taste) them in all their glory.
I went for the Pistachio Glaze Apricot Compote, and as someone who has, to their knowledge, tried every flavour of Krispy Kreme, I can safely say you have not tasted a doughnut like this, or in my opinion, one as good. It was the perfect mixture between strength of flavour and sweetness and the texture was light and fluffy – my mouth is actually starting to water slightly as I relive it. I’m a sucker for all things pistachio and I loved finding the little chunks of apricot in the filling. I was also generously afforded some bites of my boyfriend’s Belgium Chocolate Truffle Ring (what more could you ask for in a relationship?), which was slightly heavier than the Pistachio Apricot, but gets full marks for indulgence with its strong, dark chocolate glaze complete with a sweeter chocolate cream inside. You heard it here: I’m willing to put on a pound or two to try the other flavours – the Sea Salt Caramel Banana Cream is already calling out to me!
I found Wapping Market to be small but perfectly formed, and packed out with great food and drink (and flowers!), and I really enjoyed coming to an area of London I hadn’t explored before. Beyond the food, I tried some Barrel Aged Cocktails from World of Zing and even if you come down on Sunday morning nursing a hangover, the depth of flavour in these has got to be tasted. And for those who fancied savoury but not sandwich Cheeky Italian was on standby with chips and meatballs, and a van that I can’t help but think is epically cool every time I see it. Toby Allen you did a great job with Brockley Market and you’re doing a great job with Wapping. So in an entirely friendly and non-menacing way, I’ll be back.
Wapping Market can be found every Sunday 10am-2pm at Wapping Wall, E1W 3SG