At Stir, we’re food and drink lovers at heart, so London Food Month’s Night Market was certainly on our hit list for June. Set in the leafy Perks Field, it was hard to believe you were still in London with chilled out music, beanbags and deck chairs the order of the day. Armed with our wristbands and a very welcome complimentary beverage, we headed into the explosion of smells that was the night market. Multi-coloured telephone boxes and igloos housing fur-clad deck chairs surrounded the covered seating area, its roof packed with coloured umbrellas. Filled with long tables and a conveniently placed monochrome piano for spontaneous outbursts of song, this was certainly the hub of the Night Market with keen foodies drinking in the atmosphere….as well as the free prosecco!
Having sussed out the key hotspots, we headed into the melée of food and drinks stands. Street food vans offering fried chicken and melted raclette stood side by side with Fortnum and Mason stands tempting people with a cheeky alcoholic ice pop. Smokestack was luring people in with their deliciously smoky beef brisket served with skin on chips. Next door, The Duck Shed was doing a roaring trade with its pulled duck burger which certainly looked to be a far superior alternative to its now poorer companion- the lowly pulled pork bap.
Not content solely with this mouth-watering array of goodies, we ventured to some more off the beaten track options serving everything from curried goat and octopus to pigeon kebabs, which were flying off the stall. Other tasty options included the pork belly with girolles followed by pistachio and chocolate cannelloni, which was on offer at The Angela Hartnett Kitchen. Taking full opportunity to explore the drinks offering as well, we ventured to one of the many bars at the market, serving everything from punchy cocktails to refreshing super-food juices. Having had more than our fair share of the tasty goodies, we sadly left the outstanding offering of food- but are already planning out next trip back!