Meat with beer... Well that sounds enticing!
Over the past few years I've been teased on a daily basis by this London-based Instagram account posting the most outrageous food pics and on a mission to try every beer in the world. His photos are oozing with melted cheese and I swear I can smell hops just looking at them.
But who is the man behind it? Where does his passion for burgers stem from? But more importantly... how can someone eat such a wide variety of deliciously naughty foods?
Read all you need to know about the Bermondsey Street Food scene right here in our interview!
Chris (aka @meat_with_beer) can you tell us a bit about you and what you do?
I’ve always loved good food and I’ve been a complete fiend for cheese since I was a toddler. I was living in Norfolk when I got into beer and most pubs then had a reasonable cask ale selection. That gave me an early appreciation for good beer. So several years later when I moved to London I was a regular at beer festivals and took a week off for the GBBF (Great British Beer Festival) on more than one occasion. Now I’m often out and about at London’s markets, dining spots and craft beer bars.
You're a committed man! We’re big fans of your Instagram account promoting the street food scene. What prompted you to start sharing your foodie adventures?
What really got me into great food and the early days of London’s craft beer scene was Twitter. I wanted to try London’s best burger and attended some food gatherings organised via social media called ‘Burger Away Day’. That’s also when I started on Instagram and began hearing more about London’s micro breweries.
Your social media accounts shines the light on London’s incredible street food traders and food markets, where is your favourite part of London to indulge in meat and beer and get those drool-worthy shots!?
If you’re in London and want to try great street food, as well as some of the best craft beer the U.K. and Europe have to offer, then for me Bermondsey is the place to be. Especially on a Saturday lunchtime.
What would be your top recommendations for foodies going south of the river and wondering where to eat in Bermondsey?
The market everyone heads to in Bermondsey is Maltby St. It’s great but does get busy, especially on warm summer days. Personally I tend to go early-ish on a Saturday (around 11), Sunday’s can be quieter too. It’s always worth doing a walk along the market before deciding what to eat, I generally do that for any street food market I go to.
A couple of my favourites are African Volcano and The Beefsteaks. The former is known for its excellent Mozambique Peri Peri sauce, which they slather on burgers, pulled pork, chicken, shrimp and more. Make sure you buy a bottle of the sauce for take home too!
The Beefsteaks are one of London’s premier outdoor steak pedlars. Whether on top of frites or in a sandwich the steaks are excellent.
Once you and your friends have shared a burger topped with pulled pork and Peri Peri sauce, followed by steak frites with bearnaise or chimichurri sauce. Oh and wash these down with some craft beer from the Modern Beer Co stall. Then head round the corner to The Bottle Shop, Anspach & Hobday and Brew By Numbers for some great beer.
Any foodie events or new openings you’re excited to try in 2018?
My favourite foodie event in London is Soho Food Feast, not only is it for charity but it has good food, a lovely atmosphere and all for great value too. It’s my top tip. If craft beer is your thing then Beavertown Extravaganza has, in my opinion anyway, the best selection of any of the U.K. festivals I’ve been to. It isn’t cheap but if you love craft beer like I do then it’s worth it. (Note from Nico: BeaverTown is my all-time favourite)
As for openings, I am excited about the recent opening of Sabor and can’t wait to try it. Other than that I always watch for the JKS group openings, they are behind great restaurants like Hoppers, Gymkhana and Bao. They have an Indian barbecue restaurant, Brigadiers, opening at Bloomberg Arcade soon. An area which has become a foodie destination in itself thanks to food guru Richard Vines.
Nicholas Goodden aka Nico is a London/Dorset based pro photographer and writer, co-founder of Great Things To Do.
He regularly produces visual content for international brands (including Adidas and Peugeot) and his work has been published in over 70 international publications such as TimeOut, Huffington Post and Creative Review.
Digital Marketing is his big strength with over 100,000 followers on social media backed by kick-ass content he creates.