If you've read this blog a lot, you will hear me bemoan my laziness, and again I put my fist up to myself and say, 'god damn you.' This feeling comes to the surface when I visit a part of town that has been left off my circuit for a while: case and point Borough Market. You walk out of the London Bridge station, cross the road, down the steps and hey presto, you're in foodie heaven. My head was turning this way and that, getting excited about the cheese, fish, veg, bread, even the bloody salt. So no surprise that friend of Tat (previous Knock Knock contributor and kind patron), Alex Healy-Hutchinson, decided this will be the place for her restaurant Stoney Street.


Stoney Street is the second in her portfolio, the first being the excellent 26 Grains tucked away in the iconic Neal's Yard. Both offer heaven in an otherwise hectic area. Stoney Street is clothed in earthy tones - its simple surroundings are thoughtfully executed, making the diner feel comfortable and relaxed in the team's capable hands. No need for gimmicks here, as Felicity Capon put it in The Week, 'this is a lovely, quiet spot in the buzz of Borough Market to while away an evening, with pleasingly simple, tempting and intelligent small plates. A real treat – not to be missed.'


As I have divulged, Alex is my friend, but that in no way sways my judgement. In fact, it would make me much harder on her (with friends like me - eh?), but she continually impresses me and seeing the team at work in Stoney Street is a sight to admire. I'm already plotting my next trip to Borough Market.


When did Stoney Street open?


Stoney Street opened in December 2019.


Gosh, we were a little unlucky, to begin with, trading only 3.5 months before the pandemic hit. We have had a number of different guises from delivery boxes, retail deli and takeaway. Opening again in May was almost opening from the very beginning. We’re really starting to get in the swing of things now!


What is your favourite thing on the menu?


Gosh, Charlotte has just added the most divine hand-rolled pasta with girolle mushrooms, rosemary and mascarpone, that sure does go down well, or perhaps it’s Tom’s rye crumpet with delica pumpkin and spiced butter or maybe Sarah’s white chocolate babka with cardamom, pistachio and rose water. I can’t choose!


What makes Stoney Street so special?


The team and how much they put into everything they do from the service to making your drinks to the food they create. It really makes it such a joy to work and dine when everyone is so happy to be there. So many great ideas are put into practice on a day to day basis and it’s so fun to be a part of that.


What do you love about Borough Market?


The market is 1000 years old which is pretty mind-boggling. It’s amazing to be on the edge of Borough Market and to look out on the traders every day of which there are so many great produce and food traders. It’s really fun to be a part of that community.



Stoney Street by 26 Grains,

2-3 Stoney Street,

London,

SE1 9AA


Sunday - Tuesday: 10- 16

Wednesday - Saturday: 10 - 22


www.26grains.com & @stoneystreet26