Opening hours: Saturday 1000-1700
Other days: Sunday 1100-1600, Friday 1200-1430
Official site: http://www.maltby.st/
Last updated: 30/12/2019
There are people out there who describe the Bermondsey Beer Mile as a route that starts at the Fourpure brewery and ends at Anspach & Hobday. These people are WRONG. That might have been the case back in 2014, when there were only five or six places on the route that sold booze. There are now well over a dozen, a figure I'm keeping deliberately vague because it keeps growing all the time. If you attempt to drink a pint at all of them over the course of a single Saturday afternoon, you could possibly die.
Here's the biggest advantage of starting at the other end of the Mile: most of the bars aren't open till at least 11am, so you may as well kick off with a decent breakfast. Maltby Street Market has multiple food options available, but for us The Cheese Truck is our personal favourite. They make enormous grilled cheese sandwiches, with four or so different variants on offer each week. They're absolutely perfect as pre-beer dining, and they're easily eaten on the move, which is good as you've got a lot of moving in your immediate future.
By its nature, a market can be a rather fluid thing, and its stalls may move around and change from time to time. Since we first launched this site, Maltby Street Market has expanded past the north end of the Ropewalk and up to the top of the street, with The Cheese Truck sometimes taking up residence close to the intersection with Tanner Street. But if you can't find it, or somehow don't fancy the idea of a grilled cheese sandwich, there are plenty of other options: the likes of Gyoza Guys, Comptoir Gourmand, Finest Fayre Scotch Eggs, Mike + Ollie and even chain hot dog vendor Herman ze German (now including a vegan option) should cover most of your requirements. You can even start your drinking for the day inside the market, thanks to the Modern Beer Co. bottle shop and the Old Bermondsey Brewery's single tap of Bare Knuckle Pale Ale. But maybe get something to line the stomach first, eh?