Monday, 8 April 2013

Royal William Yard- Farmer's Market

I love the Royal William Yard.

It's a former navy victualing yard (it is Plymouth after all!), and the building are just stunning. Grade one listed buildings which tower around an internal basin, and are host to a range of incredible eateries and places to have a drink. I love Seco Lounge and I am dying to try Le Vignoble and Le Bistro Pierre when I have some pennies again. Honestly, it's probably my favourite place in Plymouth (second would be the Barbican, which I'm sure I'll write about soon).

No souls brave enough to sit outside- but doesn't it look cool?! (In all meanings of the word)

On Sunday morning, my mum and I decided to nip down to the Royal William Yard for their reknowned farmers' market. Held on the first Sunday of the month, the Good Food market is amazing- I'm not sure how we haven't been before this weekend.


On a gorgeous day, and with better photography skills than I have, I'm sure the market would look amazing. These pictures prove that appearances aren't everything, because it really is awesome when you delve in.



Admittedly, it was absolutely bloody freezing- the one problem with being near the sea is that the "sea breeze" is often bloody Arctic, and being amongst really tall, though gorgeous, buildings meant that that wind was just whistling around The Green where the market is held. I had to help a stall holder stop his gazebo from blowing away at one point. But it was amazing. I'm rarely happier than when I'm surrounded by food (inside, I am a very fat girl waiting to be let out), and I love pottering around farmers' markets, chattering to local producers and trying out as many of their wares as I can get away with before I'm thought of as rude.



For me, the baked goods are the biggest draw- and they had some amazing things on sale on Sunday.

Blueberry bakewell anyone!?


We were seriously tempted by these pies. How incredible do they look/ sound!?

The misspelling of "potato" did wind me up A LOT. Sourdough tasted good though!


We bought a couple of these- they were delicious, though underbaked in the centre so we had to pop them back into the oven when we got them home!


I love some of the really innovative things you get at a farmers' market- for example, above left were chickpea "sausage" rolls, and below are pork and marmite sausages. You won't find either of those in Tesco!





 After pottering around for a good while, and trying lots of delicious samples, mama and I bought a couple of fruit scones for afternoon tea, and some locally produced chorizo (which I'm going to make into a chorizo and butterbean casserole later in the week-  would you be interested in the recipe?) before heading for lunch in the coolest place.

But I'll talk to you about that tomorrow, because a) I'm tired b) I've waffled for long enough and c) if I don't I won't have anything to write about tomorrow. I'm having a brain block at the moment.

16 comments:

  1. I LOVE a farmers market too, I'm trying to find a free Saturday morning to check out the East Oxfordshire farmer's market and doing a blog post one quiet Sunday - but it's not happening! Is that dog in your first photograph real?? I had to put nose to screen to work out if it was a dog! haha. This has already made me really hungry and it's only 9:00am - oh dear!

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    1. Saturday markets are always harder to get to I find!! Hahaha yes, he was real- and very well behaved bless him! Oh dear- mornings that start that way are always a pain to get through! x

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  2. I do love a farmers market. I would have had to have tried the pork and marmite sausage rolls!

    Lauren x

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    1. Me too! I didn't try the pork and marmite- even though I'm neither a lover OR a hater- but I imagine it would work well if you're into that sort of thing! x

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  3. Oh god, the food!! It all looks scrumptious, I'm practically drooling at the photos! I love a farmers market. There's one comes to the castle rock here in Edinburgh, but I've never been! Shamed face. I've heard they do amazing venison pies so I need to get my arse up there sharpish. Looks like a good weekend!xx

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    1. Everything I sampled was AMAZING. Venison pies sound amazing- there was lots of venison on sale at this one, and I stupidly didn't buy it. Fail! xx

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  4. I love farmer markets! We always buy loads of cheese at ours and the ostrich burgers, they taste so yummy! Yours just looks amazing and all the pretty breads! Take me next time! X

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    1. Ostrich burgers?! They sound AMAZING! Would love to take you- farmer's market tour of the UK!? xx

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  5. I LOVE farmers markets! Always try to buy local and who could resist those huge scones! x

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    1. Me too- I love supporting local producers, and it's always so much tastier than things you get at supermarkets!x

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  6. ah all those cakes look so yum! massive craving now ha

    ordaining serendipity

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    1. I had to walk very quickly in the opposite direction so I didn't buy them ALL- they looked incredible! x

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  7. All that food looks amazing, so want to go to a place like that. Love your blog!

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    1. Have a look- most towns have a farmer's market at least once a month, there's probably one really close to you! Thanks lovely! x

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  8. I've never been to the farmers market but clearly I'll have to don my wellies for the next one I see advertised. That rasberry and white chocolate cake? NOM.

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    1. NEVER?! You're missing out, you must go! I know, it looked SO delicious- may have to try to make one like that myself I think...! x

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