LondonPiggy’s UK street food tour – Diary

Over the next few weeks we’ll be travelling around some of the fantastic street food markets and events outside London. It’s part of a wider feature we’re working on and we’ll be updating this blog post as we go, with a quick snapshot of every place we visit.

Part Two: BittenStreet, Oxford (5th April)

On Easter Saturday, undeterred by Network Rail’s obligatory service disruptions, we made our way over to Oxford to check out the BittenStreet market.

BittenStreet

We’d timed our visit to coincide with their monthly Saturday afternoon event, taking place in the Oxford Castle Quarter. The location, just a short walk from the city centre, could hardly be better and it was nice to see such a good turnout, despite the unseasonally cold weather.

There were plenty of food trucks and stalls to choose from, with some local traders and a few others who’d made the short journey up from London. It’s increasingly hard for new street food businesses to break through in the capital and markets like this perhaps offer more of an opportunity for them to make a name for themselves. We certainly ate well while we were there, that’s for sure.

BittenStreet came about thanks to the hard work and initiative of the team at Bitten Oxford, the city’s online food and drink guide. They were sick of waiting for quality street food to come to Oxford so they took matters into their own hands. As well as the Saturday events, they’ve held night markets and midweek lunchtime pop-ups and will be playing host to the opening round of this year’s British Street Food Awards, next month.

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Part One: Trinity Kitchen, Leeds (20th March)

First up on our road trip we headed up to Yorkshire to check out Trinity Leeds. I know what you’re thinking, a shopping centre is a funny place for us to kick off our tour but trust me it’s got a food court like no other.

Trinity Grid

Ever since the centre opened in 2013, one side of its 20,000 sq. ft. indoor food hall has been taken up by Trinity Kitchen. This sees five of the UK’s top street food traders taking residence, offering small businesses a chance to trade side-by-side with well known restaurants.

It’s all overseen by Richard Johnson, the man behind the British Street Food Awards and britishstreetfood.co.uk. To keep things interesting, each group of traders only stays put for a few weeks at a time, meaning that street food fans in Leeds are privileged indeed. Lets hope it’s not a one-off. It would be great to see other shopping centres follow suit.

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About John Coulson

John Coulson
John moved to London from his native north east in 2007 and co-founded LondonPiggy with his partner Lisa Cheung in 2012. Eventually his passion for street food got too much and he quit his job as a digital marketing director to work full-time in the industry, starting ParmStar in 2015.

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