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Maltby Street saturday shops, Bermondsey/Southwark, London

limster | Jan 15, 201103:29 AM     16

• Cheese stall (102 Druid Street)
Thin soft oatcakes, patched with browned and crispy spots, wonderful oaty flavour, filled like a crepe with slightly oozy melted cheese, each bite finished with the sharp shearing of sweet little red onion bits. Wonderful stuff, and a reasonable rival to the cheese sandwich from Kappacaesin.

• Ham and Cheese (98 Druid Street/1 Rope Walk)
Sweet, salty pork veil of rosy parma ham. Nutty, savoury, aged parmesan. Rich creamy flavour in the mozzarella, with a gorgeous dense spongy/curdy texture.

• La Grotta Ices (next to Monmouth on 34 Maltby Street)
Pleasantly rich chocolate flavour from molten the chocolate stirred into marmalade ice cream. Cooled, it becomes fudgy in texture, mingled with the supporting ice cream that carried intensely flavoured strands of orange, sweet and citrusy, both chocolate and marmalade combining synergistically, and nicely offset by the more neutral flavoured cream.

• St Johns Bakery (72 Druid Street)
Vanilla cream filled donuts (slightly yeasty, nicely spongy most of the time) are a natural accompaniment to the filter coffee at Monmouth (not cheap at £2, but worth the occasional treat). I think their bread while hefty and rustic, but is expensive compared to other equally good or better bakeries like Tetote or even the Poilane loaves that they share a shelf with at Neals Yard in Borough Market.

Some discussion of St Johns Bakery here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/750461

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