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Ridley Road Market, Dalston

by Krista
Ridley road market butcher

Ridley Road Market
Dalston E8

Date of Last Visit: Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Victim: Me

The Damage: None. That was the beauty of it.

The Background: I just spent a good 30 minutes fondling the goods at The Turkish Food Centre. To get TO the TFC, I had to walk through Ridley Road Market. It was almost so cool (as in awesome, not cold) that I refused to look or stop or stare. I wanted to save it for my walk back.

Because Ridley Road Market is fantastic, and there's not a Spanish tourist in sight. (I love Spain and its people and their cameras, which are often quite nice. But sometimes…) In Ridley Road, it's me and the tripe. Just the tripe. I have never seen so much tripe in my entire life. EVERY BUTCHER.

Ridley road market tripe

And these…I want to say they are goat…but I could be wrong…I seriously want to dare @hollowlegs and @eatlikeagirl to do something with these. And the tripe.

Ridley road market hoof

And then there was this couple, with their egg stall. An EGG STALL. I thought this was pretty awesome. I found this great write-up of the market, and they talk about the couple who run the egg stand and their eggs. Neat.

Ridley road market eggs

There was a lot of fish…

Ridley road market fish

Apparently, they also have a 24-hour bagel shop that I missed. Mr. Bagel. I checked out the menu online (can't find it now) and still no salt bagels to be had. Damnit. Somebody hook me up. Please.

The Verdict: Just one more reason why I need to move to Dalston.

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nylondiner May 22, 2009 - 8:55 am

i walked through for this first time on the same day, and was also astounded by the quantities of tripe! i spotted cow foot which i haven’t ever seen in a british butcher’s shop before. i can’t say i bought anything, but i didn’t really have time to stop. i will have to go for a longer visit next time!

Helen May 22, 2009 - 9:25 am

I am offended that you wouldn’t dare me to do anything with the mystery meat Krista…;)

Krista May 22, 2009 - 10:05 am

You asked for it! I triple-dog dare you!

Lizzie May 22, 2009 - 2:17 pm

Oooh – the gauntlet has been thrown…

suzie May 25, 2009 - 7:18 pm

this certainly reminds me of barcelona’s food market. =D

canelvr May 27, 2009 - 1:19 pm

The 24hr bagel shop is really not a salt beef kinda place, more a doughnuts the size of car tyres kinda place. But the fact that it’s 24hr makes it beacon for anyone caught wandering the market after hours.

Ben Bush May 28, 2009 - 2:10 pm

Looks like cow foot to me…

Krista May 28, 2009 - 3:29 pm

I’m not even going to ask how you know that! But yes, I went back this past
weekend and confirmed…definitely cow foot.

D May 29, 2009 - 3:13 am

From personal experience, Mr. Beigel really isn’t worth the detour. A friend working on Shacklewell Lane (around the corner) also advises that a lot of the fish at this market “hasn’t seen the sea in a long time…”

Krista May 29, 2009 - 6:58 am

Yeah, I dropped into Mr. Bagel last weekend. My bagel was OK. Service was
surly. Atmosphere was awful!

Clare Weightman (@Weighty_Matters) May 1, 2012 - 11:41 am

“Just another reason why I need to move to Dalston” – not my words but the words of Passport Delicious Magazine http://t.co/dTsgLQiB

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