Today, London’s newest marketplace, Mare Street Market, opens its doors to the local neighbourhood just in time for the long Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Hurrah!
You might have seen it coming together on Instagram but essentially Gizzi Erskine has put together the best of East London’s food traders and producers to create a covered modern marketplace.
So where can we find it?
Nestled between Broadway Market and Netil House.
What can we eat & drink?
It’s a big ol’ space and features not one, not two but THREE dining spots.
Firstly there’s a deli and off-licence where you’ll want to pick up delicious tartines and salads, a rotating daily roast sandwich or ragu special, a raw seafood bar, as well as the finest craft beers and a wine list written by award winning Ruth Spivey (you’ll know her from Street Vin).
The communal ‘Open Kitchen’ will be serving light and flavoursome rye biga pizzas, with a unique dough developed by Breadstation. ‘Farmed and Fired’ plates will sit alongside, including rotisserie chicken and straw fries and crudite and walnut bagna cauda, and an ice cream menu from locals Hackney Gelato, whilst the weekends will see an egg brunching menu.
Whilst ‘The Dining Room’ has a wood-fired produce-led menu with dishes like steak tartare, bone marrow marmite (erm, yum!) and cured yolk toasts and lamb cutlets with flageolet dauphinoise and aims to host the finest roast in Hackney. We’ll be the judge of that, stay tuned…
Aside from food you’ll find one of our favourite florists – Rebel Rebel, artisan coffee makers Flying Horse Coffee, Stranger Than Paradise records and a pop-up shop from M.C. Overalls selling, well, overalls.
From today the Market will be fully open with 50% off food this week, with the Dining Room restaurant opening up over the coming weeks. For the week of launch, us Hackney locals can enjoy a cup of delicious, freshly ground coffee from Flying Horse Coffee and its on-site coffee roaster for just £1.
Founder, Marc Francis Baum said: “Mare Street Market has been a complete labour of love for myself and our amazing team. From finding the space over four years ago, to assembling a group of collaborators and partners to open the doors this month; we are thrilled to have repurposed this drab former job centre into something for the whole community to enjoy. The space of course needed great food, but more than just cooking it, curating it. It needed a certain style and understanding of the area, and that brought Gizzi and myself together. We hope Hackney and beyond will love the space as much as we do”
Partner and Creative Director, Gizzi Erskine, said: “As a Hackney resident, I’ve invested many years in forging relationships with some of the best producers in Hackney, and it’s terrific to finally be able to host all of the talent under one roof. Marc and I have the same creative vision and being invited into the project was a serendipitous meeting of minds. I’m proud as punch to be bringing the food to Mare Street Market!”
With a wide-ranging events programme still to be announced, there’s going to be plenty to keep us coming back. And, with a completely cashless payment system, Mare Street Market is set to become Hackney’s ultimate one-stop shop.
Mare Street Market opens its doors on Wednesday 28th March.
For more information please visit: www.marestreetmarket.com