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A culinary trip to London

Wednesday, 10th January, 2018 5:04pm

Mr T and I decided to pay family a visit in London just after Christmas – so off we went last week.

I love London for its diversity, food experiences and shows in the West End. And this time, I wanted to visit places I either haven’t been to or knew would be awesome to visit again.

I made up a list of places I was planning to visit and after looking at the finished line-up, I saw that it would bring me across the city but hey, they do have one of the best underground systems in the world, so it didn’t bother me too much.

Poor ol’ Mr T was dragged from north to south and east to west – I don’t think he ever planned to get to know London that well!

First off, I always try to get to Borough Market – located at London Bridge Station, the market is tugged away under the railway bridge and brings you everything you could possibly need for breakfast or lunch.

Think (Cork’s) English Market but colder - although roofed it is still open air. We met a lovely girl at one of the many cheese stalls and tried some amazing cheeses – one I liked particularly was the Quicke’s Elderflower Cheddar.

Don’t mock it until you have tried it! It was a young cheddar and not as flowery as I expected but had an interesting after note.

Moving on to a stall called Balkan Bites, I tucked into a borek – a Turkish pastry filled with cheese. It had the traditional pastry (mostly you get them with puff pastry which is not the Turkish way) and I was transported back to my time I spent in Turkey (apart from the freezing cold).

After a lot of walking, I thought I deserved a glass of bubbly and Bedales is the winebar at the market – a lovely place with ceiling high shelves packed with great wines. Tired feet were rested nicely after the second glass of bubbly.

Lunchtime was nearing and I dragged my entourage east to Rotherhithe to visit the Mayflower Pub which claims to be the oldest pub on the Thames dating back to 1620. The pub is quirky with a lot of original features maintained, overlooking the Thames from the outdoor terrace in the back.

The menu is very modern but I was particularly interested in the British artisan cheese board. You could make up your own board from a selection of 11 British cheeses.

So, while wandering my hungry eye along the list, I noticed Crozier Blue, which as we all know, is made in beautiful Tipperary by the Grupp family.

Being accurate as always, I needed to point it out to the lovely waiter who had proudly showed us the ‘British’ cheese list. I told him that Tipperary hasn’t been part of the British Empire for quite some time now and that the Grupp family also make the tasty Cashel Blue.

In the end, I chose some real English cheeses and have to say that they were all very delicious, in particular, the Drunken Burt from Cheshire, although it could have been a tad more mature.

Mr T ordered fish n’ chips while Mr T Jr chose scallops with black pudding. The scallops were slightly chewy while the caramelised bacon was amazing.

There will be more about London for food lovers next week.


What’s on:

13 January: The Magic of Fermentation in High Orchard Farm

19 January: Vegan Foodie Festival Dublin

22 – 29 Jan: BurgerFest 2018

24 January: Takashi Miyazaki cooks at Ballymaloe

25 January: Winemaker’s Dinner @ Ashford Castle

25 January: Burn’s Night Supper @ Coqbull

For more details on these and other upcoming food events, please go to

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