Opening hours: Saturday 1000-1700
Other days: Sunday 1100-1600
Official site: http://www.thecheesetruck.co.uk/
Last updated: 28/12/2018
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 me The Cheese Truck is the one to go for in this particular instance. 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. (Although one other advantage of starting your run here is that you can take your pre-bought food into Hiver, our next stop on the tour, and eat them sitting down inside there.)
But if grilled cheese isn't your bag, there are plenty of other food stalls available on the market to cover all tastes. By its nature, a market can be a rather fluid thing, and the stalls may change from time to time: but the likes of Gyoza Guys, Comptoir Gourmand, Finest Fayre Scotch Eggs 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?