Over the weekend, a friend of mine came to visit, and we decided to pop over to Greenwich for a relaxing Sunday out, and to check out the food scene at Greenwich Market. After much deliberation, we decided to have lunch at La Ficelle, one of the market traders selling that day, and I’m happy to report that I had a deliciously simple, yet hearty meal!
Greenwich Market is, according to its website, “London’s only historic market set within a World Heritage site”. This is immediately clear the moment you step into the place, as it evokes a really historic, timeless atmosphere. My friend remarked throughout the day whilst walking around Greenwich that she felt like she was in Paris rather than in London, and I definitely agree! Aside from food, the market also showcases many independent market traders selling handmade accessories, candles, homeware, and much more. It’s a feast for the eyes as well as your mouth!
Aside from the stall itself, there doesn’t seem to be a single trace of La Ficelle anywhere, even on the internet- so all I can really say about it is that it’s a French food stall selling delicious home-cooked food. The main dish of the day was truffade- thinly sliced potatoes cooked in “tomme fraiche” cheese and duck fat, and was served with a grilled sausage and shaved French dry ham.
…and dug into our meal! The truffade was exceptionally creamy, rich and gooey, and it was also really plentiful (which I obviously appreciate). It went really well with the pan-fried sausage which was juicy and fatty (in the nicest sense of the word). To me, it was almost like a French bangers and mash. The meal also came with a grated carrot salad which was flavoured with curry powder, and so added an extra layer of flavour when eaten with the truffade. Finally, the dry cured ham was deliciously salty, though a little bit hard to chew (but we got there in the end).
All in all, it was a lovely day exploring and eating in such a beautiful part of London. I’d highly recommend spending an entire afternoon here, as you’ll want to take in all the sights and sounds Greenwich has to offer!
Greenwich High Road. London. SE10 9HZ