Borough Market Launches Second Series of Inspiring Virtual Food Talks


Borough Market, London’s world-renowned historic food market, is launching a second series of its popular culinary online discussions, ‘Borough Talks’. The series will feature inspiring guest speakers shared via Zoom.

The second season of weekly lunchtime ‘Borough Talks’ starts on Wednesday 19th August at 1pm with a discussion about Summer Cooking with Olia Hercules and Elisabeth Luard.i They will be sharing the joys of looking to the seasons when shopping for food and cooking and talking about late-summer cooking ideas, favourite seasonal recipes and insights into the best of summer produce. They will also look more broadly at why seasonality matters – for the land, for producers, and for anyone who cooks.

The talks will once again be hosted by Angela Clutton – award-winning food-writer and host of the Borough Market Cookbook Club – and the season will continue with:

Wednesday, 26th August 1-2pm

Borough Talks… restaurants: pivoting and adapting in the emerging world of Covid-19ii

Three top restaurateurs – Ravinder Bhogal of Jikoni, Elizabeth Haigh of Borough Market’s Mei Mei and Bā, and Jack Stein of Rick Stein Group – will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing restaurants in the next phase of the Covid world. The trio will talk about the pivot that many restaurants have done to adapt to lockdown, including collections, deliveries and delis; what their thoughts are on re-opening; and the future for dining out.

Wednesday 2nd September, 1-2pm

Borough Talks… comfort food, with Sabrina Ghayour and John Whaiteiii

The last few months have seen a surge in popularity of comfort foods – from old-school classics that come with a hit of nostalgia to mood-boosting indulgent treats. Best-selling food-writer Sabrina Ghayour and John Whaite, food writer and winner of The Great British Bake-Off, will be talking about what comfort foods mean to them and considering why we reach for them in uncertain times.

Nadra Shah, Head of Communications & Marketing, Borough Market said: “Cooking and food have been a real comfort to people during these uncertain times. Our first series of Borough Talks back in May proved popular at the height of lockdown connecting people, so we are pleased to be bringing the series back in August with a host of new speakers and topics, shining a spotlight on food culture. . For anyone that missed the first season, all of the Talks are available as part of our new podcast.”

Borough Market remains open for business from Monday to Saturday, with social distancing measures in place.  The Market continues to sell fresh produce and store cupboard ingredients. The produce Market now extends in the ‘Green Market’ area and the Borough Market Kitchen traders are returning with some offering al fresco dining experiences in the evening.

Visitors will find a changing line up of food on offer and can find a list of traders online at

Borough Market’s delivery and collection service, Borough Market Online, offers an alternative way for customers to access Market produce either by click and collect or via a doorstep drop delivery service, now extended for those within a 7 mile radius of the Market, allowing orders to be received without contact with couriers.