Street food feature


Street food is revolutionising the way we eat. We take to the streets to discover a moveable feast…

Booking a table and choosing from a lengthy menu just isn’t cutting it anymore. In true British fashion we’re queuing – but now it’s at market stalls and pop-up eateries for the ultimate in fast food.

‘The street food scene has exploded,’ says Andy Bates, who set up Eat My Pies in London five years ago. 'The people doing really well are those doing just one thing – they're remembered for that dish.'

And from Indian jhal muri rice snacks and jerk burgers to Vietnamese banh mi, we can’t get enough. We meet some of the foodie stallholders serving up quality grub on Britain’s streets.


‘I wanted to share West Indian culture with everyone,’ says Miles Chambers, 45. He named his stall after his grandmother – the woman he has to thank for his recipes. ‘People want to try something new. They try the food and they say, “Oh it’s nice,” and I say, “Don’t be so surprised.” Then they’re hooked. My tip for cooking jerk chicken is to take your time. Let the meat marinate for a day and a half, if you can. Just feel it, relax, and enjoy it.’

Try Miles’ Jerk chicken recipe

Rury Fischelt, SANTANA GRILL

Rury, 42, grew up in Mexico. ‘Food was celebrated and a part of everyday life. I inherited my grandmother’s secret recipe book and this is the food I now serve at Santana Grill. The fried beef is known as “carne asada”. You’d find it at little market stalls all over Mexico.’

Try Rury’s Beef burrito recipe

Darrin Dart, VIET VITE

Darrin, 42, was inspired by Asian cuisine on his travels. ‘I love Vietnamese food because it has so many different cultural influences. The Vietnamese learnt how to make good bread and sandwiches from the French, and added their own fillings so you get a spicy mash-up of flavours.’

Try Darrin’s Banh mi recipe

Andy Bates, EAT MY PIES

‘This chicken and ham pie goes down a storm,’ says Andy Bates, owner of Eat My Pies. ‘Make sure you let the filling cool properly before you pour in the jelly – the meat shrinks as it cools so you’ll want to fill up that space.’

Try Andy’s Chicken and ham pie recipe

Walk this way

It’s not just hot pop-ups serving great food on Britain’s streets. Tasty home-grown produce can be found at hundreds of local food and farmers’ markets. Stroll down some of the best this summer…

Aberdeen County Fair

This food market was so popular it was moved to a bigger venue in the heart of Aberdeen. Find local produce alongside exotic fish and artisan yogurt. Last Saturday of the month, 9am-5pm.

Anglesey Farmers Market

Award-winning smoked seafood is one of the top stalls at this market, sharing space with over 30 producers selling fruit and veg alongside luxury ice creams and gifts. Third Saturday of the month, 9am-1pm.

Artisan Market, Wilmslow

Specialist products and seasonal farm produce, artisan foods and sweet treats by Cupcakes and Co, make up the travelling Artisan Market. Third Saturday of the month, 10am-4pm.

Broadway Market, East London

More than 100 stalls welcome shoppers to this Hackney market going since the 1890s. Find everything from bacon and homemade pesto to jellied eels. Saturdays, 9am-5pm.

Creake Abbey, Norfolk

Held in two old Norfolk barns by a picturesque pond, Creake Abbey's award-winning market hosts more than 50 stalls selling fresh local meat (including rare breed pork and Aberdeen Angus beef) alongside the basics plus oils, preserves and pickles. First Saturday of the month, 9.30am-1pm.

Edinburgh Farmers' Market

Under the beautiful, imposing backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, 55 stalls serve eggs and bread alongside chillies, pâtés and lots of meat, including water buffalo. Saturdays, 9pm-2pm.

Hampshire Famers Market, various locations

Local produce is this market’s USP – stall holders can only sell produce grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled or baked within ten miles of the county’s borders. Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-2pm.

Lavenham Farmers Market, Suffolk

Named the best market in Suffolk at the county's Food & Drink Awards 2012, probably because everything sold is grown, baked, brewed and butchered by the person selling it. There's also a child-friendly cafe serving homemade soup and freshly baked quiche. Last Sunday of the month, 10am-1.30pm.

Macclesfield Treacle Market, Chestergate

Find locally produced beers, juices and foods alongside antiques, books and crafts at this award-winning food market. Last Sunday of the month, 10am-3.30pm.

Real Food Market, London

Behind the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank, this bustling market caters to tourists and Londoners alike, with 40 stalls selling fresh cheese, coffee beans and Whitstable oysters alongside hot pulled pork sandwiches and organic ice-cream to name just a few. Fridays, 12pm-8pm, Saturdays 11am-8pm and Sundays, 12pm-6pm.

Solihull Sketts Farmers Market

Stallholders are mostly farmers, offering expert knowledge and recipe suggestions alongside homegrown produce. Third Saturday of the month 9am-5pm.

St George’s Market, Belfast

This Victorian market has a whopping seafood selection with 23 fish stalls, as well as award-winning Irish farmhouse cheeses and world foods nestling alongside local veg and meats. Saturdays, 9am-3pm.

St Ives Farmers Market

Traders vary from week to week, but you’ll find fresh fish, herbs and bread sold alongside meats and in season fruit and vegetables. Thursdays, 9.30am-2pm.

Swansea Market

The largest indoor market in Wales counts specialist butchers and fishmongers among its long-serving stallholders. Monday–Saturday, 8am-5.30pm.

Welshpool Farmers Market

Local beef, lamb and pork and home-brewed drinks plus cakes and fudge at this mid-Wales market. First Saturday of the month.