How has it taken me so long to find out about Spa Terminus?! I mean, I LOVE food markets, but this one just seemed to slip past my radar! Nestled amongst the railway arches in Bermondsey, this place is a foodie lovers heaven.
I met a friend there one Saturday morning, and she just happens to be a Bermondsey local, so she knew her way around Spa Terminus like a pro. And was on first name basis with all the vendors, due to doing her fruit and veggie shopping there each weekend, because it’s A. Organic and B. SO MUCH CHEAPER than the supermarket!
Spa Terminus is made up of a bunch of different food manufacturers selling wholesale during the week and with many of them opening their doors to retail customers on Saturday morning too. You’ll find everything from fruit and veg, to cheese, to ice cream and coffee. It’s a treasure trove of deliciousness!
We started our foodie journey with a peek around England Preserves. Rows and rows of jams and preservers lined the shelves and it was making me hungry for some toast!
I took Bermondsey Bramble and Gooseberry & Elderflower home and I can report that both are really lovely.
What I couldn’t believe was the short line at our next stop. Because that photo above ladies and gentlemen, is Monmouth Coffee. The very same Monmouth Coffee where you and I have been guilty of standing in its queue for 30 minutes, over in Borough Market. This secret little gem, has no waiting time, and it makes you feel seriously smug thinking of all those poor punters standing outside at Borough, probably bursting for a wee, but refusing to get out of the Monmouth never-ending coffee queue.
It’s never too early in the day for ice cream and when we spied Corn Flake flavour, we’d said ‘YES PLEASE!’ before the staff had even finished asking us if we’d like a taste test.
They kindly gave us a little tour of the factory too, and the freezers were huge!
The London Honey Co had more variety of honey than I even knew existed! Their honey is produced from bees in London and around the UK.
Comptoir Gourmand, a French patisserie company were displaying the prettiest pastries and macarons in a rainbow of colours. Sadly I didn’t try one on this occasion, but I’ll add that to the taste test list on my next visit.
We popped into Natoora, who are the Kings of fruit and veg, and the colours of their produce in their store was unbelievable.
It was a giant rainbow of fruit and veg.
Even purple broccoli!
We wandered in and out of the all the stores, and I was already planning my purchases for my return trip. And the best bit, when Spa Terminus closes for the day, Druid and Maltby Street Markets are just around the corner for more food indulgence!
Click here for a map of all the stores located at Spa Terminus, and make sure you arrive by lunchtime at the latest on a Saturday before the businesses close their doors for the day.