Lonely Planet Writer

Pop-up restaurant in London’s Borough Market will feature a menu straight from the stalls

London’s Borough Market – already a top attraction for food-loving travellers in the UK capital – will now be home to a new pop-up restaurant that will feature dishes using produce available at the market.

Sample food from the market at the pop-up restaurant.
Sample food from the market at the pop-up restaurant. Image by Manuel Vazquez

The market is huge draw for both Londoners and visitors seeking produce or a dish from one of the takeaway stalls. But the new pop-up, Borough Plates, will take things one step further, using ingredients from traders to create a menu straight from the stalls.

Sample food from the market at the pop-up restaurant.
Sample food from the market at the pop-up restaurant. Image by Manuel Vazquez

The two-month pop-up at 1 Cathedral Street will see a team of chefs ‘offer diners the chance to experience Borough Market’s produce being brought to life by skilled professionals’. The staff will find seasonal ingredients at the market, and then create a ‘series of simple, characterful dishes which show them off to their very best advantage for lunch and dinner’.

Sample food from the market at the pop-up restaurant.
Sample food from the market at the pop-up restaurant. Image by Manuel Vazquez

The menu will have about 10 small plates, each costing between £6 and £16, which will change throughout the two months. If you’re wondering just what kind of food visitors can expect, Borough Plates says example dishes include: pork rillette, pickled russet apples and apple gel sourced from The French Comte, Chegworth Valley, and Olivier’s Bakery; blood sausage, poached egg, salt and pepper lardo, pickled mushrooms, and bacon jam from The Ginger Pig; and salt baked celeriac, soused radish, Beaufort cheese, and walnut and sage pesto from Turnips and Mons Cheesemongers.

Sample food from the market at the pop-up restaurant.
Sample food from the market at the pop-up restaurant. Image by Manuel Vazquez

The pop-up will profile one or two traders each week, and their produce will be featured in a number of dishes. For those who want to learn more about how to take their Borough Market purchases and turn them into culinary masterpieces, the traders will stop by Borough Plates to talk to diners about their work, and the chefs will also fill visitors in on how the ingredients are sourced and turned into meals.

Sample food from the market at the pop-up restaurant.
Sample food from the market at the pop-up restaurant. Image by Manuel Vazquez

Bookings can be made for parties of six or more by emailing bookings@cuisson.co.uk, while smaller groups are walk-in only. The pop-up is open Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 10 pm.

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