As long-term residents of the foodie borough that is Borough, our friends at CBS know a thing or two about the pick of the local restaurants, cafes and coffee houses.
Here are seven of their favourites.
A Borough High Street favourite is Shrigleys
– a great Moroccan café serving both sit down and takeaway lunches. The lunchtime favourite is the ‘chicken box’, which offers pieces of grilled chicken, pitta, humus, couscous, salad – and, for the brave, a chilli sauce that will take your breath away. Always busy, Shrigleys is run by a family team who always have a smile and consistently serve a brilliant lunch.
2. The Gentlemen Baristas
Located on Union Street near the recently refurbished Flat Iron Square, the Gentlemen Baristas serve excellent coffee, a must when getting into the office first thing in the morning. But it’s not only the coffee they are known for. At lunchtime there is a great selection of sandwiches and, for those with a sweet tooth, a great selection of cakes! The snug downstairs is complemented by a 1st floor space and (keep it to yourself) a secret balcony – which is great for an after-work beer in the summer.
3. Burnt Lemon Bakery
On the Union Street edge of Flat Iron Square, the Burnt Lemon Bakery focuses on sourdough breads made with organic flours milled in the UK and Europe. With a menu that is driven by what is available that season; the ever-changing menu of pressed sandwiches, cakes, tarts, and pies can be seen being made freshly on the premises each day from the street facing windows of the bakery. A great space to go and relax in at lunchtime and recharge for the afternoon.
Every lunchtime Padella has a queue snaking out of the door. Why?
They turn out pasta, made fresh on the premises, for a reasonable price – TimeOut London awarded Padella number one in the ‘cheap eat out for under a tenner’ category of restaurants, which explains the long queues. It’s great to pass by and watch the pasta being made fresh in the window ready for the day – a clear demonstration of the quality food being served.
The formal floral hall atop Borough Market is where you will find Roast, which uses the finest seasonal ingredients to create classic British dishes. The lunch menu has a great selection of British meat to choose from, making this a great venue when the weather is cold and you need warming up. No matter if you come day or night, the views of a busy Borough Market or the dome of St Paul’s only add to the quality of the food being served.
Neighbours of Burnt Lemon Bakery, Lupins serves seasonal British tasting plates in their lovely restaurant space next door to Flat Iron Square. With an ever changing, seasonally driven menu, this is a great venue for a light and tasty lunch that combines the best ingredients of the specific season. The light and airy restaurant space only adds to the enjoyment of the food, offering a brilliant atmosphere to relax in before tackling the afternoon’s work.
7. Big V
Great for some healthy, guilt-free street food, a burger from Big V (eaten on one of the benches overlooking the Thames near Southwark Cathedral) is a wonderful way to spend a lunchtime. What sets Big V apart from its contemporaries is their drive to create exciting vegan food using vegetables, beans, pulses and legumes to create dishes that are tasty and healthy – you won’t find any ‘fake meat’ here.