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Foodie walking tours

ManInTransit | | Dec 17, 2012 08:41 AM

Foodie Walking Tours

Following on from dish of the month I wondered whether we could pool our experience to create some walking tours that visitors could follow for certain cuisines and areas. If it's a successful thread we could perhaps sticky it or create links to maps when the routes are agreed.

There are a number of areas in London that lend themselves to this sort of thing but any suggestions from other cities would be great.

Off the top of my head there's a good walk starting early at Borough Market with perhaps breakfast at Elliot's Cafe before it gets busy. Wander round the market and don't miss Wright Brothers then down Bermondsey Street via some iberico ham at Jose to Maltby Street for lunch and then doughnuts.

Equally a good weekday tapas and small plates crawl in Soho could take in Barrafina, 10 Greek Street, Duck Soup, Dehesa, Polpo, Spuntino and Ceviche or any combination of them.

And while a good stomach would be required I see no reason why a trip to Brick Lane market on a Sunday couldn't be bookended by a comparison of the naans and samosas at Needoo, Tayyabs and/or Lahore as Klyeoh and Limster undertook.

I would also recommend a fun walking tour of Clerkenwell, perhaps built around a visit to St Paul's. Start at Exmouth market with some of the best coffee in London from Caravan and a quick look and nibble on the usually excellent specials at Morito. Then head down the Farringdon Road for some cicchetti at Polpo Smithfield or some bar nibbles in St John HQ. As it's now past midday you are permitted a drink so take your pick between a pint in a wonderful old traditional pub the Jerusalem Tavern or the Fox and Anchor or a great selection of wines by the glass (and more food if needed) at Vinoteca.
Walk through the Smithfield meat market and after admiring the cathedral head a hundred yards east to Bea's of Bloomsbury for the best cupcakes going, or exceptional blondies.

Some of these will be time sensitive e.g. market ones while others such as Soho will clearly not be possible on a Saturday evening when each place is likely to have an hour plus queue.

But let's suggest routes and stops and see where we get to.

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