Must Visit UK Food Markets

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The UK is home to an incredible array of food markets, where local farmers, independent traders and businesses converge to offer some of their best products. In fact, with the field-to-fork movement gaining momentum, there has never been a better time to start buying local, fresh produce. Here are some of the country’s best food markets to visit to stock up on everything from eggs and cheese, to bread and home-made cakes.

Borough Market, London


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While London is teeming with an overwhelming array of excellent food markets, Borough Market still reigns supreme as the must visit market in the city. Nestled under the railway arches between Southwark Cathedral and Borough High Street, Borough Market is one of the oldest, largest and most renowned food markets in London. With around 150 stalls, there is something for everyone, from artisan cheese to fresh oysters. Make sure to try a grilled cheese toastie from Kappacasein, and you absolutely must eat at least one of Bread Ahead’s legendary custard-filled doughnuts.
 
Borough Market can be found at Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL. For opening hours see here.


Shipbourne Farmers’ Market, Kent


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Head down to St Giles’ Church in the village of Shipbourne on a Thursday morning and you will stumble across a charming local farmers’ market. A vital part of the community, run entirely by volunteers, Shipbourne Farmers’ Market sells local food including Kentish apple juice and cobnuts (cobs being the Kentish variety of hazelnut). The market even has its own currency ‘Shipbourne farmers’ market pounds’ to buy at the Chaser Inn Pub next door, and spend at the market.
 
Shipbourne Farmers’ Market can be found every Thursday from 9am-11am at St Giles' Church, Stumble Hill, Shipbourne TN11 9PF


Edinburgh Farmers’ Market


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Every Saturday throughout the year, the award-winning Edinburgh Farmers' Market takes place in the shadow of the scenic castle ramparts in Castle Terrace. The fresh, locally sourced produce includes Scottish venison, organic mushrooms from the Highlands, handmade pies, chutneys, and artisan chocolates. Better yet, you can sample the produce before you buy at most of the market’s stalls. No wonder this market has become an attraction in its own right.   
 
Edinburgh Farmers' Market can be found every Saturday from 9am-2pm at Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2EN


Moseley Farmers' Market, Birmingham


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On the last Saturday of the month, locals and visitors alike flock to the centre of Moseley Village to stock up on fresh produce, or grab a bite for lunch, from the market’s 60 plus stalls. A three-time recipient of FARMA UK Farmers’ Market of the Year, it perhaps comes as no surprise that Moseley continues to be one of the country’s most popular farmers’ markets.
 
Moseley Farmers' Market can be found on the last Saturday of the month from 9am-2pm at the Village Green (Alcester Rd & St Marys Row), Moseley, B13 8HW


Winchester Farmers’ Market, Hampshire


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A favourite of chef Rick Stein, Winchester Market is the country’s largest farmers’ market. Held twice a month, over 80 producers can be found selling a variety of fresh produce including game, milk, cheese, ice cream and mouth-watering cakes. What’s more, all the produce is grown, reared, pickled, smoked or processed within 10 miles of the Hampshire borders. Top tips: Get there early, and make sure to try the Hampshire hog roast. 
 
Winchester Market can be found on the second and last Sunday of the month from 9am–2pm at Middle Brook St & car park, SO23 8DQ
 

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