The best street food stops for groups

Date Posted: 18/03/2015

The bucket list for foodie groups who like to plan a few great edible experiences into their trips…

Street food is booming in the UK. Last year 700 new street food vendors signed up to the Nationwide Caterers Association, taking the estimated number of street food traders in the UK up to around 2,000.

Food trucks have come a long way since the first burger vans and mobile canteens set their stalls out in the 1950s. Today, you can get everything from bacon jam to Korean-American fusion food from a pavement-top pit-stop.

Not all street food experiences are created equal, though. Here are a few of the best a group can get…

The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London

Every day is street food day in this hipster area of London. There’s a constant flow of food hawkers here throughout the week, and plenty of benches where groups can sit and chow down together.

La Piadina serves up a taste of Italy on take-away plates. Its offering includes rib-eye steak and truffle oil on authentic Italian flatbreads called Piadinas. Almost next door to them, there’s Mother Clucker, where the menu features tea-brined, buttermilk-soaked chicken, and Caboose, which offers ten-hour pulled pork.

Trinity Centre, Leeds

Leeds is so street-food friendly that certain spots come with coach parking – like the Trinity Centre. Every month a new batch of street food traders descend on the 1st floor of this shopping centre. Sheds, trucks, carts and vans all gather around Boots.

Future traders will include The Cheese Truck, where the menu is a homage to cheese – think mac ‘n cheese, gooey grilled cheese sandwiches and specials like a cheddar oggleshield and onion mix. The Marvellous Tea Shed will also feature on the line-up soon, offering vintage cakes and a range of speciality teas. 

Feast on the Street, Norwich

On the first Thursday and Friday of every month the area outside The Forum in Norwich sprouts a street food market. These days, the event attracts buskers and musicians, too, so you’ll often have a soundtrack while you eat.

Regular street food vendors here include Namaste India, which serves things like a south Indian pan cake called masala dosa and crisp, steamy vegetable samosas. You’ll also see Smokin’ Hot Tamales here, offering the likes of pulled pork tamals and beef brisket burritos.

Greenwich Market, London

Just around the corner from a coach drop off point and close to the Docklands Light Railway, Greenwich Market is a pro at street eats. The market can get busy on weekends, but the street food section is just by the entrance, so you can get your grub and take it out to the park on clement days.

The exact line up of vendors rotates here, but regulars include the Hola Paella stall, where steam billows off a satellite dish-sized portion of Spain’s famous rice dish. Plus Andes Empanadas, which offer South American empanadas the size of handbags.

Altrincham market, near Manchester

This historic market place has had a rebirth recently. Following a £175 million refurb it’s now a hub for artists, crafts people and – most importantly – great food. There’s a new indoor food hall here, which has seating for 180 people.

Foodies can pick up everything here from wood-fired pizzas from Honest Crust, to Malay and Chinese dishes, courtesy of Nasi Lemak Street Food – seafood grilled on banana leaves anyone?

Local beer and wine companies also have stands here, so all food can be washed down with a beverage or two. Groups can get here on the Metrolink from Manchester, or by train.

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