Across the South Western Railway region, there are loads of great food and farmers markets to get locally grown and made products from independent businesses and traders. Here are our five favourites:
Bath Farmers Market
Where? Green Park station, Bath
When? Every Saturday morning 09:00-13:30
On the menu: Not just any farmers market, but the very first founded in the UK. Browse over 30 stalls of fresh local produce come rain or shine under the beautiful glass and wrought iron cover where trains to Birmingham used to run.
Other delights: Seek out Andrew the bearded butcher on the Thoroughly Wild Meat Company stall and grab some Somerset Salt Marsh lamb (when in season). Arguably the best scotch eggs on the planet; Bath Soft Cheese is well worth a visit; Chris Rich Market Gardener grows all his delicious veg locally and of course the cider!
Our nearest station: Bath Spa station is just a 15-minute walk to the market or add-on PlusBus with your ticket and get a bus from the bus station, which is next to the train station.
St Nicholas Market
Where? Corn Street, Bristol
When? Open every day with cafés and food stalls, with a producer’s market just outside every Wednesday 08:00-14:30
On the menu: Choose from spicy Szechuan noodles from Chilli Daddy, huge Persian wraps from Matina, comforting pie and mash from Bristol’s very own Pieminister, zingy tacos from Taco Barrio, beautiful cakes from Ahh Toots, plus plenty of other cuisines.
In the small side street next to the Glass Arcade you'll also find to Bristol favourite Source Food Hall and Eatchu - home to the city's best gyoza dumplings!
Other delights: Every Tuesday and Friday there’s a choice of several street food traders just outside the main market building, as well as a vegan food market every Monday.
Our nearest station: Bristol Temple Meads station is an appetite-building 15-minute wander or add-on PlusBus with your ticket and get a bus outside the front of the train station.
Winchester Farmers Market
Where? High Street, Winchester
When? Second and last Sunday of every month, 09:00-14:00
On the menu: One of the largest and often voted best farmers markets in the UK, browse almost 100 stalls that sprawl across the town centre. The market is run by Hampshire Farmers’ Markets Limited and is a not for profit organisation. Showcasing the best of what Hampshire has to offer from bread to beer, fruit to fishcakes, gin to game, there is an abundance of choice. We recommend the locally grown watercress, water buffalo steaks, organic products and ostrich meat.
The Garlic Farm are regulars at the market with seasonal produce found on their stall including garlic, smoked garlic, garlic bread, garlic pickles, hot pickled garlic and so much more.
Other delights: Hood Hampshire Honey is a favourite produced from 20 colonies of bees across Southern Hampshire by Tracey Hood. The honey collected is individually extracted and not blended so that each jar of honey can be traced back to the location of the hive and when it was extracted.
Our nearest station: Take the train to Winchester station and walk down the hill for 10 minutes into town. The market is big so cannot be missed!
Where? Southwark Street, London
When? Monday to Friday 10:00-17:00 (18:00 on Fridays), Saturdays 08:00-17:00 and closed on Sundays
On the menu: Borough Market is the must-see of UK food markets, but where to start!? The market has everything you could think of inspired from all corners of the world. From foraged fare and handmade condiments at Fitz Fine Foods, Cheese and Raclette at Kappacasein using cheese made in Bermondsey to Mrs. Kings famed Melton Mowbray pork pies. Make your way upstairs above the market to Roast restaurant for classical British cooking or if you’re more a pasta lover then head to one of the best in London, Padella.
Other delights: Bread Ahead is a popular stall where you can watch Matt Jones and his team of expert bakers hard at work in the glass-fronted bakery. Choose one of their delectable sweet treats sold out front such as filled doughnuts, croissants, bagels and brioches while you walk around.
There is also a very popular street food market that reflects the diverse range of foods and cuisines you would expect to find complementing the food market.
Our nearest station: London Waterloo station is a 15-minute walk away, or two stops on the Jubilee line.
Surbiton Farmers Market
Where? Maple Road, Surbiton
When? The third Saturday of the month
On the menu: Now in its tenth year, this outdoor market along the leafy Maple Road has gone from strength to strength. Over 25 stalls sell local gin, free range eggs, cakes and bakery goods, vegetables, French cheeses and a lot more. Along Maple Road there are several independent places to eat and grab a drink including the Antelope who brew their own award-winning beers and ales.
Other delights: A firm favourite at the market is The Giggly Pig Company, an award-winning company using free-range, outdoor-reared, rare-breed Saddleback pigs from the owner Tracy’s farm in Romford, Essex. Choose from 75 different flavoured sausages from hops to Marmite. There’s also baby back ribs, dry cured back bacon, pork chops, faggots and of course, the popular Christmas market hog-roast.
Our nearest station: Just a five-minute walk from the art-deco Surbiton station, just inside Zone 6 and from as little as 16 minutes from London Waterloo. It is well sign posted from outside of the station so cannot be missed.
Throughout the year there are many fantastic food events across the South Western Railway network, all easily accessible by train. Keep an eye on these annual events: