31 July 2014


Jubilee Market Hall, Tavistock Street, London WC2E 8BE

£20.00 North American , Burgers Covent Garden
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm

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Inspired by the barnstorming success of Meatliquor, street kings Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins have arrived in Covent Garden with a new outlet on the narrow balcony of the Jubilee Market Hall. Meatmarket doesn’t take bookings, so expect queues; once you’re in, simply check the menu board, order at the till and wait for your name to be called. The food arrives wrapped in greaseproof paper on plastic trays: think sloppy, southern-style burgers and huge hot dogs with fries, plus addictive mini corn-dogs and stuffed jalapeños (‘puppies’ and ‘poppaz’). The star performer on our visit was a Philly steak with melt-in-the-mouth chunks of beef, punchy peppers and gooey cheese in a soft finger bun – much better than a greasy rendition of the legendary ‘dead hippie’ burger. To drink, a ‘hard’ milkshake laced with bourbon and maple syrup offers sweet consolation.

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  1. Published : Saturday, 24th May 2014

    Nomface :: MEATmarket, London

    The Meat Liquor burger brand has been on my London to do list for quite a while. I finally got the chance to visit MEATmarket, the covent garden branch a few weeks ago and as an added bonus it was their second birthday which meant half price food all day. Only for those who saw the tweet and wished them a happy birthday though, I nearly forgot and was sternly reminded by a colleague! Visiting straight from work in our suits was probably not the best idea as we watched the messiness of others devouring their burgers whilst we waited for our order. I opted for the Dead Hippie with beef patties, dead hippie sauce, lettuce, pickles and minced onion. As I unwrapped the burger the cheese was glistening and bun was sliding off both at the top and bottom, I thought about the impending dry cleaning bill for a split second before diving in...
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  2. Published : Wednesday, 30th April 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: MEATmarket

    MEATmarket is in the same family of burger joints as MEATliquor (yum) and MEATmisson (probably yum). The winning combination of molten cheese and beef patties melded between ample buns is celebrated in all its sloppy glory here. A ‘Dead Hippie’ adds its signature sauce to a mound of beef, whilst the ‘Black Palace’ sees double meat patties topped with sticky, caramelized onions. Expect your fingers to run wet with the combined juices of meat and sauce; watch as your wrapper-cum-plate turns to pulp under the deluge. The kitchen rolls which may have seemed a little kitsch to begin with will become your most faithful companions...
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  3. How wonderful to see Meatwagon creator expanding and taking over London. If you want to skip the enormous queues at Meatliquor then head on over to Meatmarket in Covent Garden. The interior is familiar with the American diner theme, bright red neon signs flickering on and off. You feel like you step on set for True Blood. Ordering food is super quick with no problem. A quick glance over the board and I thought I try the chicken Philly steak with miniature corn puppies...
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  4. MEATmarket and it’s sister restaurants are well known among London burger fanatics. For those looking for a delicious & messy burger or hotdog the restaurant offer a very good selection of grub to feast on. Personally we slightly prefer...
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  5. All in all it was excellent. Next stop will be at Meat Mission one day...
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  6. Published : Monday, 25th March 2013

    Bears Bites :: MEATmarket – Man v Food

    MEATmarket is the second venture of Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins. They opened MEATmarket pretty soon after all the buzz that was created when Meat Liquor opened in Mayfair in November 2011. My friend and I headed down on Friday night to see whether it is living up to Meat Liquor standards...
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  7. Published : Sunday, 3rd March 2013

    Vi Vian :: MEATmarket, Covent Garden

    MEATmarket, Jubilee Market Hall – with the frenzy of burger meat in London, I am carrying on with prolonging this hot topic. Therefore, here’s to more burgers! (P/s: we had a really good homemade hamburger with veal minced meat (Asian style hamburger – substituted with veal minced meat. All I can say is yum, yum!)...
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  8. Published : Wednesday, 24th October 2012

    FoodiesOnTheProwl FoodiesOnTheProwl :: MEATmarket, Oct 2012

    London is going through a ‘Burger revolution’ at the moment and MEATmarket is one of the more prominent burger joints to have opened up recently. MEATmarket: an 80′s burger joint MEATmarket: an 80′s burger joint The dining scene in London is constantly evolving and one of the main trends at the moment is centred around burgers, hotdogs, buns, etc. Think Bubbledogs, Dirty Burger, MEATliquor, Elliot’s cafe, Yum Buns, Tommi’s Burger Joint, etc. MEATmarket is brought to you by the same people behind MEATliquor and the MEATwagon...
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  9. Published : Monday, 9th July 2012

    The Bean Spillers :: MEATmarket

    f you like the sound of MEATliquor (check out our post below) but don't have the time to dedicate to a sit down meat feast, you should try their recent addition, MEATmarket in Covent Garden. Designed like a greasy fast food joint on a balcony space, MEATmarket offers a reduced menu for takeaway or eat in, along with alcoholic milkshakes and slush puppies. The prices and portions are the same, but the loud and bustling atmosphere from below offers an interesting setting from which to tuck into your food. New to the menu at MEATmarket, we opted for Jalapenos Poppers, and the fully loaded hot dog (along with our usual fix of the Dead Hippie Burger!).The only difficulty is finding the place - the entrance is on Tavistock Street, take the staircase signposted for a chinese and follow the MEATmarket graffiti stenciling up to the first floor...
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  10. Published : Sunday, 20th May 2012

    Sybaricious :: MEATmarket, Covent Garden

    Other people get homesick when they are abroad and seek out places and food that remind them of home, perhaps explaining the ubiquity of the 'all day breakfast' on the Costa Del Sol or the incessant Brit tourist quest for a "nice cup of tea- with 'proper' milk".I, on the other hand, mainly seem to get cravings for the food of the place I have just visited almost as soon as the wheels of the plane have touched down on the runway at Terminal 5. This explains why I'm beating a path to MEATmarket only 2 days after returning from a work trip to Philadelphia and North Carolina (separate posts on that coming soon). After a week of Philly cheesesteaks, cheese whizz fries, ribs and sliders I want greasy, salty, American food and I want it NOW.MEATmarket is the new little sibling of much adulated MEATliquor and is located in the Jubilee Market on Tavistock Street just off Covent Garden. Initially a bit tricky to find and SO not what you're expecting when you climb up the windy staircase above the shabby old market below. Essentially its a funny old location on a balcony overlooking the market space below shielded only very slightly from the outside world by the nets and spikes designed to keep the pigeons from taking up residence. I have no idea what the stall holders selling victorian policemen's whistles and tarnished old military medals must think of the upstart burger bar blaring out hardcore dance music above their heads. Or what they think of the innuendo ridden neon signs with provocative Twitter accounts (here's hoping that @watchbeatmymeat starts sending out tweets soon..). As for what Pete of "Petes Cafe" on the ground floor (£2.95 for a hotdog and a drink) thinks of the pricing policy, who knows since at £7.50 for a burger we're on a whole different fast food level. Clever though as I can't think of a better way of getting a West End restaurant location for what must have been a comparatively cheap rent whilst also maintaining the quirky, industrial decor that fits with the food.Upon ordering at the bar from one of the impossibly young, cool and enthusiastic staff, you leave your name and are called when food is ready. A fine dining experience it is not but, by god, is it good!Popperz are a just-hot-enough-not-to-blow-your-head-off-but-hot-enough-to-make-your-mouth-sing concoction of jalapeno pepper and cheese moshed up (yes that's a technical term) then deep fried. Yum. But make sure you have a cold drink standing by to take off the burn.Fries are cut thin(and, if I dare use the name in the same post as MEATMarket) McDonalds style and are super salty.So onto the main event. The burger. As an advance warning whatever you do don't wear dry clean only. You will end up with sauce, cheese and pure oozing burger grease everywhere and you will love every minute. This is a down and dirty burger joint in the truest sense and sometimes dirty just feels good.I went for a dead hippy with no lettuce (green stuff with some potential of nutritious value in it, in MY burger? You're having a laugh....)Two big, fat, moist patties of beef with cheese, dead hippy sauce (a yellowy, tangy sauce with unknown but delicious ingredients.The pickles were really beautifully sweet and crunchy, none of the lip puckering, eye-narrowing sourness that you sometimes get from a burger pickle.The Black Palace was, for me, the winner. On the board menu it differed only in onion content from the other burgers. The BP's onions were sweet, mulchy, caramelised onions rather than the lesser cooked minced onion siblings found in the other burgers. Traditional ketchup and mustard sealed the deal and resulted in much running of filling down my chin.I'm not usually a milkshake kind of a gal but when the shake in question is served 'hard' its one temptation too far. 'Hard' in this case was lashings of bourbon and maple syrup although almost as tempting was the chocolate and chocolate liqueur option (and there was something involving vanilla but in all honesty I switched off straight after hearing maple bourbon). At a fiver it was worth every penny.I'm going back for the Philly cheesesteak and next time I'm taking a bib. If I were a pigeon I would sod the spikes and netting and be onto that balcony faster than you can say "Dead hippy and fries".MEATmarketThe Deck, Jubliee Market Hall  Tavistock St, London WC2E 8BE020 7240 4852
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  11. MEATMarket is MeatLiquor's fast-food spin off, set on the edge of Covent Garden on the mezzanine floor in Jubilee Market.If MeatLiquor is the cool older sibling, MEATMarket is the bubbly, happy-go-lucky little sister. It's small, much smaller than the Welbeck Street mothership, and long and thin, and light, and open-kitchened, and you get your burgers in 5 minutes...
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