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Tuesday 27 October 2009 1.38pm
"real" SE1 -
Lower Marsh has improved a lot since the 80s, and the variety is much better than down the Lane. there are hardly any decent fruit and veg stalls, and way too many stalls selling rubbish. I don't think you can blame anyone for not wanting to go there anymore.
Tuesday 27 October 2009 1.46pm
Last Sunday, I was really looking forward to the apple day at Borough market as I hoped there would be heaps of apples and many varieties to choose from. Well, they were selling anything but apples. 2 or 3 stalls were selling the same 4 varieties of apples for 3.50/kg. What rip-off.
Tuesday 27 October 2009 1.50pm
I'm guessing here, but I've seen pictures and, I think, maps that show the street market starting at the junction of Lower Marsh and Westminster Bridge Road, running down Lower Marsh, along the Cut and continuing along Union Street (this is what I was referring to when I said it isn't as thriving as it used to be). Perhaps that's the cause of people referring to the market as "The Cut".

Being comparatively young, I don't remember the market like this but I still sometimes get confused and call Lower Marsh "the Cut" anyway.

Real-SE1 - East Street is a bigger and more thriving market and when it's moved so that it's only a five minute walk from my front door, rather than having to cross E&C and head down the Walworth Road, I'll use it a lot more.

Having said that, Lambeth is investing money in Lower Marsh, it has improved in recent years, and is an attractive component of the local services mix. I like the way I can go there, have a chat with the stallholders while buying fresh produce, go into Iceland and Greensands(?) for anything else I need, have a browse in the specialist shops (there are gift and vintage clothing shops, model railways, bookshops, hardware stores, and somewhere that appears to specialise in wipe-clean clothes and more hardware)

Perhaps you should try it again now that twenty years or so have passed.

While I don't think Borough Market is in any sense "fake" (last time I was there, the sets didn't wobble in the wind, and I was able to exchange money for produce - that looks like a market to me), I don't use it a lot either. Rather than catering for the fairly large number of locals with enough disposable income and a desire to buy their food locally, it's too crowded with tourists and contains too many stalls designed to part them from their money rather than to develop a regular clientele.
Tuesday 27 October 2009 1.56pm
Connie - Islington Farmers Market last Sunday (behind the Town Hall) had an excellent stall of dozens of 'heritage' breeds of apple at five for a quid. You might want to give it a try this weekend.

(No connection etc...)
Tuesday 27 October 2009 2.11pm
Chalkey, was that the pub called the cottage of content? Townsend street just past the Victory? or the good intent down east street near the butchers and shoe shop?
Tuesday 27 October 2009 2.36pm
I find the meat at East Street pretty good a decent price but that's about it. The vege stalls can be a little inconsistent and I hardly ever buy fruit there. I agree with previous posters that there is too much tat for my liking but that is the nature of some street markets - market forces if you like!!

I'd prefer a couple of decent butchers and proper fresh produce shops but these are almost non-existent in SE1 - did they all close down in the 80s or sometime in the past?? I toyed with opening a fresh food store recently but the current economic downturn made raising the capital too risky, but I would definitely use a local store that could give me a decent fresh food range, instead of having to use a supermarket.

Borough Market on Fridays is about as much as I can be bothered with. I know I can get superior meat and fish there, so use it for special occasions or dinner parties. There are also a couple of excellent fruit & vege stalls. I love the choice of other products like cheese and puddings/cakes and know of no other market in LOndon with this available. It definitely has a place here in SE1 and one of the unique amenities we can enjoy. It shouldn't be dismissed just because it caters to tourists or "new" people. I don't like the increase in take away food but that is mainly due to the annoying queues that get in the way of proper shopping. I never go Saturdays anymore as there is little enjoyment jostling around.
Tuesday 27 October 2009 2.58pm
Rambling Phil wrote:
East Street is a bigger and more thriving market and when it's moved so that it's only a five minute walk from my front door, rather than having to cross E&C and head down the Walworth Road, I'll use it a lot more.

It's moving? Where to? When?
Tuesday 27 October 2009 3.24pm
Re-instate the lovely old market stalls down tower bridge road...a dream....sigh....
Tuesday 27 October 2009 3.29pm
Sorry Beetroot - As far as I know, it's not moving.

That was a rhetorical device to answer Real-SE1's question about what puts people in SE1 off from going to East Street. I meant something more like "if it were to move to within five minutes of my front door then I would use it a lot more".
Tuesday 27 October 2009 3.39pm
Oh I see, Rambling Phil. Have you used Bermondsey Square farmer's market? If so, is it as good as the Islington one?
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