Going to St Pancras station when you are not hopping on the Eurostar to somewhere exciting in Europe is just as depressing as going to the airport when you are not flying anywhere. However, to ameliorate the pain a new market has been launched called the Sourced Market where you can get fresh fruit, vegetables and other gourmet goodies. Last night I attended “Foodie Fortnight” at St Pancras which is launching the Sourced Market.
Tristan Welch gets a band-aid for his finger
The Foodie Fortnight runs from the 16th – 25th September, the highlight is a range of discounts
at all the food outlets and restaurants at St Pancras and a stage where various top chefs and restaurants will be cooking up a storm over the next fortnight. Last night Tristan Welch of Launceston Place
was demonstrating wild mushrooms on toast with hazelnuts and parsley. This was recipe looked really quite simple and so is something that I am keen to recreate at home, especially since Welch demonstrated how to make your own hazelnut mayonnaise. He also made apple charlottes. Welch sources his recipes from a collection of antique cookbooks and he describes his food as “British classics reinvented”. Impressively, Launceston Place uses 95 per cent British produce. Welch charmed the audience with tales of his new born twins who he referred to as his “two Michelin stars”. Rather amusingly, he managed to cut his finger while peeling apples. Perhaps Welch is used to others further down the chain of command performing this task, or perhaps there is a lesson in this for all of us, be careful with sharp knifes!
Apples on offer at Sourced Market
The Sourced Market itself is situated at the rear of the station if you are approaching from the tube. It errs on the side of being a little sterile, however this is hard to avoid since it is situated in a train station. There is fresh fruit and vegetables, a deli, a wine bar and a salad bar. It is the sort of place that you could pop into on the way home if you were having unexpected guests for dinner and rustle up something rather fabulous. You will of course pay for the convenience of privilege however I suppose that is to be expected. All the gourmet brands such as Pieminster pies and Laverstoke Park meat are name checked so it is certainly quality produce on offer.
Italian platter at the Sourced Market
MTV boyfriend and I stopped in at the Sourced Market’s wine store for a glass or two of the Rioja Joven which is available by the glass or to takeaway. There are tables to sit at to watch the commuter world go by and a choice of antipasto platters to order. We opted for the Italian platter (£8.50) which featured thin folds of salty Parma ham, a few discs of meaty salami, creamy Mozzarella, sun blush tomatoes, olives and some rather insipid salad. I wouldn’t say that the Source Market is a destination market, however you happen to pass near St Pancras on your way home it is a great place to pick up some quality produce. In the time that Foodie Fortnight is running it is certainly worthwhile stopping in to see names such as Richard Corrigan or Georgio Locatelli demonstrating on the main stage.
Details: St Pancras International, Pancras Road, Kings Cross NW1 2QP (Ph 020 7843 4250)
Foodie Fortnight runs from 16 – 25 September 2009
If you liked reading this you might be interested in my review of the Slow Food Market
which is starting up again soon at Southbank.
Gourmet Chick attended the Sourced Market and Foodie Fortnight as a guest of Sourced Market and received complimentary food and drinks.