Sunday, 11 March 2012

Chatsworth Road Market

(not in book)

So, I've lived in Hackney all my life, and up until recently I'll be honest, I hadn't done very much within the borough. Not because I'm embarrassed of where I live, I am proud of being from Hackney, I just hadn't realise just what stuff my lovely little borough had to offer. 

One such little gem is the Sunday market on @chatsworthroad, E5. Back a good few years now, there used to be a market there frequently but for a reason I don't know it stopped. But I'm glad that they have revived it again. My visit was on 26th February 2012.

It's currently only a very small market, with I'd say about between 15-25 stalls, but it's still well worth a visit as they are all very different . There are food stalls - selling bread, cakes, olives, homemade hot food from various countries etc.. - vintage clothes stalls, craft stalls, sunglasses stalls, hot drink stalls and lots more. Not to mention the numerous shops and cafes along the street that are obviously there full time.

I started off on one side of the market, stopping to have a taste of some greek olives (remember these tend to be my favourite stalls) from @Isle_of_Olive.

And yup, they were so good I ended up buying some.


Then I got hungry and crossed the road in search of some food. And there is a lot to chose from. Last time I visited the market I had some delicious kedgeree from @DickensFood. But I wanted to try something else from one of the many hot food stalls.

In the end I got some food from here;

The food smelt absolutely lovely and I was sold. Now the choice I had to make was what to eat from the stall - goat stew, chicken stew, potato stew, bean stew or jollof rice? What a conundrum. 

There was clearly only one thing for it - I had to have a bit of everything. And that's exactly what I did.

Again, yum.

To accompany my food, I went to a stall that I've visited before to get a drink. Not just any drink, a gorgeously tasty hot chocolate. Organic and homemade hot chocolate by @JazandJuls.

It was made with 70% dark chocolate and ginger, and called a gingerbread, man! Totally scrummy. They do loads of other versions too. But that one is so yummy I've not tried any others. Maybe one day. Maybe.

So, with food in one hand, and drink in the other I wondered down Chatsworth Road back in the direction I came from to Millfields Park to sit in the sunshine, by the river and have my feast.

A very successful visit I think!

Chatsworth Road is based in Lower Clapton, Hackney E5. Nearest BR stations will be Clapton (from Liverpool Street) and Homerton (from Stratford), and there are a number of buses you can get too. TFL will have all the details. Hackney probably has one of the best bus networks in the city (mainly as we have no choob).

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