Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Market Porter and Borough Market ... A place for Good Food and Friends.

When I was in London and Ireland last month, I had the pleasure of meeting a few fellow bloggers. Many of us got together over a pub lunch at "The Market Porter"...

I honestly found the pub by accident, I did a search on "Pubs near Borough Market", before I left the States... little did I know that when we met on a Sunday, the market was actually closed!

However, the Market Porter was opened on Sunday, It was a lovely pub, a traditional English pub with delicious food. It was so good, I went twice in 6 days! I took a friend a couple of days later, when the Market was in full swing, experiencing a whole new side of the pub! The bustling Market side!

The Market Porter looked picture perfect at first view... turns out, it's the same on the inside!
It's located on 9 Stoney Street
London SE1 9AA
The Market Porter will not disappoint!
The pub has a traditional bar downstairs (that also serves food) but has a lovely restaurant and bar upstairs as well. We went upstairs and sat at tables like dignified people :)
The pub restaurant over looks parts of the the Market.

And of course, the company of the day, the group of women that I met on the Internet... yes, the virtual screen...
That place where our Mothers would never have even dreamed of meeting people, that place where there is a weirdo lurking on every corner. Yes.. THAT place.
It was a bit surreal meeting people that I felt I already knew. When you read a blog, you are hopping into the imaginations, the dreams, the lives, the jobs, the families and the personality of the person you are reading about, they are sharing intimate, funny and sometimes serious moments of their own personal lives. It's like opening up a book and reading a new story, but these stories are real, these people you get to know by their humorous tweets, their pictures on Instagram and of course... their blog stories. I had an idea of what fires were lit by each of these women before we ever laid eyes on each other. I knew who had a passion for gardening, I knew which women missed their daughters in far away lands, I knew who they were married to, their love stories, their passions for travel.. in essence I had an idea what made these women "tick". 
I have to admit, I like the age of technology, you can get a real "feel" for someone. Oh I know -- I KNOW there are plenty of nut jobs out there, but I didn't just read the blogs of these incredible women, I exchanged emails, chatted with, talked on "Whatsapp" and communicated with these women for almost 2 years. So when we did meet, of course... Well, they were already old friends! We ate and we ate some more and we then stuffed in dessert... I'm pretty sure we all consumed a weeks worth of calories in our one sitting. But that's what friends do when they get together!
The best part of my day?
I know that I have made several life long friends.

Did I mention the pigging out that we did?
I had a traditional roast chicken dinner
I also had this carrot cake
I ate the whole piece of cake!!
BY MYSELF
I am not ashamed, as I walked about 5 miles in London afterwards :)
And all good English meals need tea for afters...

But alas, all good things must come to an end...

Before we parted ways, we walked around the corner and found THIS!
I had seen it on Instagram and luckily Selena knew exactly where it was!
A grouping of Umbrellas hung in circular fashion,
It is absolutely fantastic!
Borough Market is worth the trip for so many reasons, this display of umbrellas being one of them!


A colorful clever exhibit!
Looking at this splash of color just makes for a great mood!
I noted how bright the umbrellas were in color, because in the Texas sun (I like to call it living on the surface of the sun) often fries the color right out of things! Having bright and beautiful was welcoming!

When I returned to Borough Market a couple of days later it was opened 
It was vibrant and bustling!
I'm not a picky eater, but I'm not an adventurous eater either, regardless of your taste in culinary delights... Borough Market will have something for you.
Tomato Chutney caught my eye, I wish I would have snapped a photo, I love to take photos, of any and everything, visiting a food market makes it easy to snap away.

I've always been slightly intrigued by a scotch egg, but I can't bring myself to try one. As the British keep telling me, they are "Lovely"... maybe next time.

The architecture of Borough Market quite desirable as well
Borough Market isn't far from London Bridge or the Tate Modern
It's well worth the visit. Whether you want fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, a fancy lunch, or a quick lunch... Borough Market is a food heaven!
Borough Market (And the Market Porter) is definitely one of those places you have to visit many times!

And ladies, I can't wait  until we meet again...
You're all amazing human beings!

Much love,
Tammy

24 comments:

  1. My gosh, Tammy. What an amazing journey and group of women....and the sights you saw....amazing- xo Diana

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  2. Looks like you had a fantastic time Tammy, I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip here. And you're right, you need to work up to a Scotch egg, they're not to be undertaken lightly or ill-advisedly. You will know when you are ready. Hope you have a good Sunday. CJ xx

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  3. It was wonderful to meet you! xoxo

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  4. I bet you had a great time, sounds like lots of fun.

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  5. I absolutely love Borough Market, and often go there for a wander and a bite to eat when we are in London. The falafel sandwiches are a particular favourite. I am a huge fan of Charles Dickens, having started reading his books when I was 7 years old (we didn't have a TV and could only listen to the radio when my father was out as he hated it, so have been able to read fluently since 3 years old) and so many of the most famous scenes in his book are set around this part of London. I find the area so atmospheric! Did you get to go up the Shard? The market looks amazing from there!

    Keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to go down to London during the Easter hols.

    Helenxx

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  6. Tammy!! What a delightful blog!! Your writing is so fresh & lively!! I love how you've depicted the pub....they'll love you even more...it was a fab meetup & so cool to see you again, as well as meet your not-so-virtual-anymore friends ;) The umbrellas were amazing. I love the market, we'll have to go when you next visit. Xxxx

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  7. How I love this post and wish I could have joined you! Isn't meeting bloggies fun? I've never been disappointed -- everyone I have met is exactly as I would expect them to be; particularly those who have shared both on and off the blog. The pub looks fabulous and so, too, does the market. But if I'd taken those photos of that umbrella display, I would enlarge at least one poster size to hang in a place where I could go whenever I needed an extra dose of happy. That's a fabulous installation and your pix do it justice.

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  8. I'm so glad we had the opportunity to meet, too! I'll admit, a few years ago I was one of those people that thought other people were weirdos for having friends they "met" on the internet. I'm so eating my words now. :) I wish I could have stuck around to see those pretty umbrellas! Next time...

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  9. Sounds like a fantastic blate - it is funny the relationships you can strike up over a shared passion, and how common it's becoming...

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  10. Hi Tammy, glad you enjoyed yourself, and the English pub grub at the Market Porter! I love the umbrellas I must take a note of where they are. I would like to see those. Maybe one day I will be able to meet you on one of your jaunts to London. Oh and you must try the scotch eggs, although saying that i have never seen Wild boar scotch eggs before, I usually buy the veggi quorn ones which are yum. Heather x

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  11. What a wonderful trip, made all the better by meeting up with friends.

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  12. How wonderful! And it's fun to see the photos and hear about your fun! Happy Sunday my friend! Hugs, Diane

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  13. I'm so glad that you had such a great time while you were here, and that you found some great places to visit too!! I am with you on the scotch eggs, they are something that I never eat!! xx

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  14. Glad you had such a great time. Wish I could've joined you, but I have to work most weekends :-(

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  15. Looks amazing Tammy. I wonder what the collective noun is for a meeting of bloggers?!

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  16. Have not tried that pub Tammy but I will now! glad you had such a great time.

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  17. I want to join you next time pleeeasse!! We will be in London in a few days and I can't wait. I can't believe I've never visited Borough Market ... hope to get there this time, but have so many other things on our itinerary that I'm not sure if we will have time!
    You MUST try a Scotch Egg (but only a good homemade one, not a cheap supermarket one) ... they are delicious ... especially with a good tomato chutney!
    M xx

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  18. I don't think I've ever been to Borough Market, I'd love to go! It looks like you had a fantastic time and saw all the best bits. I have to say I love Scotch Eggs, but I grew up eating them - I guess they do look a bit unappealing if you're not used to them! x

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  19. Reading about your meet-up with blog friends I caught your excitement and enthusiasm for being with them in such a great location in London town. A good pub, good food shared with friends is always a joy. Those brightly coloured umbrellas are so uplifting and the photo of you posing under them sums up a super day.

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  20. I love Borough Market! I worked on Borough High Street for almost 5 years and I used to go to Borough Market often. I really like that umbrella installation too.

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  21. Love all those umbrellas! Oh Tammy, your photos are making me loooooong to go to England. What fun! Stop in for my Anglophile Friday. You might know some of these steps.

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  22. Oh Tammy I must have missed this post. I was wondering where you'd got to. Glad to see and hear you had such a great time in London. Hope your all well.
    Ali xx

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  23. Notice you haven't posted for a while ... everything OK? Hopefully, you're just too busy enjoying yourself! M x

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  24. Hi Tammy. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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