Headed by chef Kian Samyani, Berenjak Borough takes its inspiration from traditional Iranian townhouses in the foothills of the Alborz mountains, which surround Tehran. The interiors celebrate Iran’s rich cultural heritage, while the menu features sharing dishes inspired by the large family gatherings of Kian’s childhood, including chelow kabab chenjeh (a tender lamb fillet kabab served with ta-dig), baghali polow ba mahiche (lamb shanks with dill and broad bean ta-dig), and zereshk pollow (charcoal rotisserie saffron chicken with sweet and sour barberries and shirazi salad). These are joined by Persian stews, charcoal-grilled kababs and signature mazeh plates.
To Zoe Roberts and her team, food is much more than sustenance: it’s creativity, pleasure, culture, tradition and unity. Their range of handmade, small-batch nut butters see strong ideals meet bold flavour combinations, such as maple and turmeric butter; ‘ABC’ butter containing almonds, brazil and cashew nuts; hazelnut and cacao butter; and almond and coconut butter – all of which are free from palm oil, refined sugar, gluten, additives and preservatives.
Owned by talented chef-patissier Sebastien Wind, Comptoir Gourmand sells cakes and pastries with an emphasis on traditional French techniques and fresh, quality ingredients. Specialities include fruit tartes; huge, colourful meringues in a variety of flavours; French, chocolate-filled éclairs; almond, pecan and raisin shortbreads; and rich, custardy canelé de Bordeaux.
Ewa Weremij founded Condiment Pantry off the back of 10 years’ experience running Italian importer and Borough Market stalwart Bianca Mora. Offering an array of British pulses, cold-pressed rapeseed oil and specialist Italian vinegars of all guises – including traditional balsamic, wine and fruit vinegars – staff are on hand to help customers find the right product for their tastes and expectations.
All of the unique products at Jumi Cheese are produced by four family-run dairies in the Emmental region of Switzerland. The cows whose milk supplies Jumi’s dairies all feed on fresh grass and hay, and the farmers start and end the process by hand. Specialities include Belper Knolle, a raw cow’s milk cheese made from the milk of the simmental cow, and spahn, a hard cheese made with a ricotta rather than milk base.
La Tua Pasta handmakes its fresh pasta every night just nine miles from the Market, ready to be served hot and freshly cooked the next day in the Borough Market Kitchen. Dishes include black truffle and burrata tortelloni, pappardelle pasta with slow cooked beef shin ragu and scrumptious pistachio cream gnocchi, to be savoured with a glass of prosecco. More than 30 different kinds of filled and plain pasta can also be found at its second chilled stand in Three Crown Square, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free gnocchi. Buon appetito!
A family business rooted in the south-west of France, Le Marché du Quartier sources fine food and wine from small-scale French suppliers. Specialities include goose fat and garlic, confit and cassoulet (available to eat hot at the Market or to take away in tins), poulet de bresse chickens and a wide variety of French cheese. During the truffle season, the stall stocks fresh truffles sniffed out by pigs in Perigord.
Neal’s Yard Dairy was founded in Covent Garden in 1979 by Randolph Hodgson and was one of the first retailers to set up in the empty warehouse spaces around Borough Market in the 1990s. It continues to offer a truly stunning array of cheeses sourced from specialist cheesemakers all over the UK and Ireland. Many of the cheeses are aged in Neal’s Yard Dairy’s own maturing rooms under the brick railway arches of Bermondsey, where they are carefully turned, brushed and washed until ripened.
Chocolatier Hayleigh Bazelya trained among the top professionals in her field. Working on a small scale, Hayleigh’s truffles, chocolate sculptures and beautifully crafted chocolate boxes are made with Ghanaian chocolate sourced from farms that are part of the Cocoa Horizon Project – an initiative which gives back to communities by providing education and training for farmers and their children. Hayleigh finds inspiration and ingredients for her exotic truffle fillings among the traders at Borough Market.
John Stark (better known as Jock) began his relationship with fresh fruit and veg at Borough Market more than 40 years ago, originally as a customer sourcing produce for his shop in South Nunhead, then as the owner of his own greengrocers stall at the Market. Now run by Jock’s son Richard, the Stark’s Fruiterers stall boasts a careful selection of the season’s best fruit and veg from home and abroad – from locally grown strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, to dates, mangos and apricots – all chosen and sold using the abundance of knowledge accumulated over the decades.