As a true foodie I’ve always wanted to visit borough market. Now I’m in London, I dragged my other half along and we happily ventured out to see what delights awaited us. Borough market, it’s safe to say, is foodie heaven. The smells, the colours, the hissing noises of delights being cooked right in front of you. It’s all heavenly! However being Paleo In The UK presents a challenge when it comes to tasting the fabulous array Borough Market has to offer. My partner, Doug, and I don’t eat wheat, grain or dairy, so whilst still in heaven the challenge that day was – What can we eat?
I’ve said before that I’m Paleo 99% of the time, but that 1% is never wheat (bread, pasta, generally anything with flour), so at first I thought it would be hopeless. Every stand I saw had a plethora of bread… dough! (Doh!) Anyway, the further in we explored the more options presented themselves. I loved finding this sign, above!
Paleo in the UK: Borough Market
Borough market is a fabulous place for fresh, organic vegetables and fruit at reasonable prices – especially if you go toward the end of the day when the stalls are eager to sell their produce!
In fact you can find some unique options, like these yellow dragon fruits, or baby pineapples.
Fish and meat are always available from UK based fishmongers and butchers. The perfect finds for anyone who eats Paleo in the UK.
Paleo is about lean, clean eating. The majority of the butchers and fish mongers here are offering organic, lean and unprocessed choices.
You’ll find more than just great grass-fed steaks but also a huge rage of seafood, some ready to eat, some still swimming around in tanks – how fresh can you get!
This was all very pleasing, as now I know the next time I visit I’ll bring plenty of cash and a couple of bags to help carry a range of fresh finds. I was really thinking, “What can I eat right now?” The whole idea of borough market is to eat there and then, soaking up the buzz and foodie atmosphere.
How about a hog roast and sweet potato fries? Perfect!! I’m always happy to see somewhere that sells sweet potato instead of white potatoes – they fit perfectly into my Paleo lifestyle and thankfully here in the UK they are becoming more and more popular.
The queue for the above was ridiculous, even for us Brits who live to queue! We’ll come back…
So, onward to the organic section of the market and low and behold – sweet potato salad. Now all we needed was some meat to go with it and we’d be eating Paleo at borough market. I notice someone with chicken wings, so I asked where he found them. Directions were given and we we’re off!
After getting slightly lost, and never finding the chicken, we came across a wonderful stall selling olives: The Fresh Olive Company. I will certainly be buying from them again – these pitted black olives with rosemary were utterly delicious!
There is one thing about Borough Market I was eager to find – that was The Free From Bakehouse – the clue is in the title! The Free From Bakehouse is at Borough Market every week with hand made cakes and biscuits, created in a dedicated gluten free kitchen. All are gluten and wheat free, plus there are treats that are dairy free and sugar free! Paleo heaven!!
Doug went for 2 Macaroons and their Rocky Road! I chose something which was indescribable – my knees went weak is the only thing I can say. It was a dark chocolate, prune and amaretto truffle cake.
Conclusion: Can you eat Paleo at Borough Market?
Eating Paleo in the UK is not difficult if you know what you’re looking for and ask the right questions. Eating Paleo at Borough Market was a challenge, but with some creativity and persistence there are a few delicious options to devour.