Top 10 Food Markets from Across the UK

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Looking for something to eat? Check out what the UK’s best food markets have to offer. Bon appétit!

Borough Market

You’ll run, not walk to one of London’s largest and oldest food markets. Located right off London Bridge tube station, Borough Market is a food lover’s paradise. Open Monday to Wednesday from 10 AM to 3 PM for lunch and a full market from Thursday to Saturday, the market is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. With over 150 stalls offering some of the city’s best cheeses, seafood, meats, and vegetables you’ll be sure to find a tasty treat to whet your appetite.

Winchester Farmers’ Market

If you’re looking for an authentic farmers’ market in the UK, look no further than the Winchester in Hampshire. Open on the second and last Sunday of every month, Winchester has over 90 stalls dedicated to selling top quality goods from local farmers and suppliers.  The winner of FARMA’s ‘Urban Farmers’ Market of the Year’ award, the market offers a large variety of produce, including ostrich meat, hog roast, and other incredible goods.

Edinburgh Farmers’ Market

What better way to spend a Saturday in Scotland than visiting its largest food market, the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market. Located next to the majestic Edinburgh Castle, this fabulous market offers a wide selection of locally grown and reared produce, including lamb from Scotland’s oldest family farm. With over 50 stalls to choose from, be sure to bring your appetite! Your taste buds will thank you.

St. Nicholas Market

Described by The Guardian as “the living embodiment of what a market should be,” St. Nicholas Market in Bristol is a must-see attraction. With over 50 stalls to choose from, visitors can eat their way around the globe without stepping foot outside of old city centre. The market, which is opened six days a week, has the largest collection of independent retailers in the city and on Wednesdays, it is home to the Bristol Farmers’ Market where the city’s freshest produce from local farms is bought and sold.

Moseley Farmers’ Market

Winner of Best Farmers’ Market 2012 at the FARMA Local Food Awards, the accolades are well-deserved for Moseley Farmers’ Market of Birmingham. Held every fourth Saturday of the month, this wonderful market has over 50 stalls dedicated to selling incredible goods from local farms and food producers. All surpluses made by the Farmers’ Market are reinvested for the benefit of the community in keeping with their philosophy to give locals and visitors a new shopping experience.

St. George’s Market

Feel yourself be transported back to Victorian Britain at St. George’s Market in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Completely refurbished in 1997, the market is the place to be on weekends for both locals and visitors. Offering everything from local fish from Portavogie to Caribbean snacks, your taste buds won’t be disappointed. While you’re there, be sure to try the Northern Irish equivalent of the English breakfast – the Ulster Fry.

Taunton Farmers’ Market

Looking for the atmosphere of a traditional English market? Then the Taunton Farmers’ Market in Somerset is the place for you. Selling fresh, wholesome, and good quality food straight from the producer, visitors will find a wonderful variety of locally produced goods such as cheese, fruit, vegetables, breads and so much more. With over 25 stalls run by local farmers who are knowledgeable about their produce, visitors can enjoy a real regional market for themselves.

Swansea Market

Located in the heart of the city, Swansea Market is Wale’s largest indoor market with over 100 stalls that offer a wide selection of fresh, local produce and traditional Welsh foods. Lauded for its friendly atmosphere, the market is renowned for selling Welsh laverbread – seaweed boiled into a paste – as well as fresh cockles, Welsh cakes and cheeses.

Stroud Farmers’ Market

Critically acclaimed by major UK publications, the Stroud Farmers’ Market in Gloucestershire has over 60 stalls that offer everything from fresh and seasonal local produce to local specialities such as Double Gloucester and Stinking Bishop cheeses. Open every Saturday from 9.00 to 14.00 year round, food lovers will love the cooked food stalls’ delectable offerings such as handmade soups, organic burgers and free range sausages, and Thai snacks made with free range chicken.

Ripley Farmers’ Market

Not only does the award-winning market sell fresh, locally-grown goods, all proceeds from Ripley Farmers’ Market go directly to local charities and organisations. Held on the second Saturday each month, the market has over 40 stalls that are dedicated to selling fresh meat, eggs, vegetables, bread and cakes and runs special events for the community as well.  Run entirely by volunteers, they are dedicated to giving back to the community and its producers.