Oh, how I miss living in London… or any big city for that matter. The country life is a far cry from the hustling, bustling action I grew up with and whenever given the chance I would hop on the train to London without hesitation to escape marital and parental duties for a few hours to simply just be….Michelle.
So when the organisers of The Foodie Fortnight contacted me I jumped at the opportunity to cover the new market at St. Pancras Station and tell you all about it.
Everywhere around the station, there were these signs, pointing you in the right direction.
Sourced Market is not your typical 5-for-a-pound market we are all used to. The “market” is actually just one shop that occupies a long, thin strip at the entrance of the station and I have to say the owners made excellent use of the space.
This is the Main Stage where well-known chefs shared their specialist knowledge to all who would listen. It’s bad luck on my part that I don’t drink whisky and couldn’t stay long enough to taste some game. Maybe next year! Today is the last day of the show, see if you can make it, because you can meet Jean-Christophe Novelli and guzzle on champagne!
The aim of the shop is that all products should be organic and responsibly sourced. Unfortunately, combined with a prime location where the rent must be sky high, the prices reflect it too; 45p an apple anyone?
A standard range of fresh produce is found but as a pumpkin lover I was impressed with their squash collection. Fresh herbs are available and even oregano is there, which is rarely seen in supermarkets these days.
Traditional pies like Beef Steak, Kidney & Ale Pie satisfy the non-adventurous, Thai Chook Pie makes the curry lovers happy and the Matador Pie (beef, chorizo, olives, tomatoes, sherry and butter beans) puts foodies in seventh heaven. At £4.50 apiece.
There is a wide range of fresh salads to choose from catering for every need, e.g. Tabouleh, Raw Root Slaw & Cranberries Salad, Lentil and Chickpea, Ginger & Apricot Salad. It leans mostly towards Mediterranean cuisine. Small – £2.95, Medium – £4.95, Large – £5.45
If you’re looking for a biscuit snack, there are Cowboy, Elephant, Owl, Anzac, Pecan & Orange Cookies among other things and let’s not forget the all important Chocolate Brownie! £1.69 each
For the lazy or simply non-cooks out there, there are some ready-made meals for you to grab and take home or eat on the spot at the long white washed, wooden tables with stools. If I had to choose something I would have gone for the pot of yoghurt with granola and a fresh berry compote which looked to die for. Sourced Market is a big supporter of all organic brands like Green & Black’s chocolate, Innocent and Rachel’s Organic. Gluten and dairy intolerants also have a wide array of products to choose from; there is even spelt bread!
The bread is supplied by Flour Power City Bakery.
Olive lovers are in their element.
Everything is kept clean and the tables are wiped often to make way for new clientele. Don’t miss the cheese counter!
Fresh juice is pressed on demand and when I saw the carrot juice (£3) on offer I simply couldn’t resist. It was not the sweetest tasting I’ve ever had and unfortunately it had an exorbitant amount of pulp (unlike orange which is actually enjoyable) in it which made for unpleasant drinking.
This is definitely not the type of establishment fans of Asda or bargain hunters would be hanging out at. More likely it will be the tired city worker looking for a bite to eat, someone who on his way home looking for a missing ingredient to follow a recipe or simply an enthusiastic cook searching for some speciality product, e.g. cheese. The prices are very steep but the quality is overall good. Nevertheless, Sourced Market is an asset to the station.
St. Pancras International
Ground floor of the station opposite First Capital Connect ticket office
Open 7 days a week
+44 (0)20 7183 3251