Christmas Feast

23 Dec

Shoppers hurried from stall to stall, huddled deep into their overcoats for protection against the biting wind.  Snow fell in flurries onto the traders whose tables, pitched in the shadow of the Cathedral, were groaning with oysters ready for shucking, artful displays of winter vegetables, bubbling, crusty, grilled cheese sandwiches, and giant, billowy, meringues.

Inside the market, mallards, pheasants and partridges were hanging infront of butchers stalls, groaning with turkeys and geese, while the spicy steam from vats of mulled wine, fugged the chilly air.   Huge pyramids of tiny, orange clementines

teetered next to bags of sweetie-like, mouth puckering, cranberries and wrinkled sultanas still on their stalks, begging you to make mincemeat.

Stepping into the Cathedral for warmth, and the chance to hear the beautiful choir practising for the Christmas services.  A moment’s stillness in a hectic pre-Christmas week.

Back outside, and to the dairy under the brick railway arches, where hundreds upon hundreds of cloth covered truckles of cheese, as think as tree trunks, were stacked in columns from floor to ceiling, while buckets of soft, white cream cheeses and hand shaped pats of yellow butter sat on a groaning table with samples of sharp, creamy cheddar to encourage you to buy their wares.

Borough Market the last weekend before Christmas, with snow falling as Londoners gathered their Christmas feasts, was a scene straight out of Dickens.  Fabulous.

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3 Responses to “Christmas Feast”

  1. English Mum 23/12/2009 at 4:27 pm #

    Fantastic! I can almost smell it. I want to go! x

  2. Weston-super-Mum 23/12/2009 at 7:01 pm #

    I used to really enjoy Borough Market – sounds like it hasn’t lost any of its sparkle.
    And you describe it so beautifully.

  3. Vic 24/12/2009 at 11:49 am #

    We love Borough but it’s never occurred to us to go at Christmastime. Maybe next year…

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