ldner #231 | henry biggs

We bloody love a good cheese toastie and you know who makes some of the best in town? Meltsmiths that’s who. So we chatted to the man behind the toasties about his love for grilled cheese and London. Meet Henry Biggs…

Where do you live in London and what do you love about the area?

I’m south London born and raised, Herne Hill to be precise. Herne Hill is just next to Brixton (if someone cool asks) or just next to Dulwich (if asked in a job interview). I love London but I really love south London. There are so many great parks, pubs, bars and an ever-increasing amount of amazing food spots!

What’s your background and what inspired you to start Meltsmiths?

Growing up my mum ran a catering company so I’ve always been around food and always loved food. I travelled around North America a few years ago and fell in love with their grilled cheese sandwiches. I couldn’t get them out of my head, plus I’ve always had an unhealthy passion for cheese. Just before I started Meltsmiths I was working for an events catering company but wasn’t loving it, so I just decided that now was the time to do my own thing. Best decision I’ve ever made!

Where can people check out Melt Smiths currently and what are your plans for the future?

We are currently at Oval Market in south London every Saturday and the brilliant Victoria Park Market every Sunday plus a couple of different ones around London in the week. We’ve got a busy Christmas lined up including a week-long event in Paternoster Square by St Paul’s as well as some other great local festive events. Lots of exciting things on the horizon too including more festivals next year and one day a permanent shop hopefully!

You’re a big Charlton fan we hear – any plans to make Meltsmiths the match day catering?!

Yeah, I am a big Charlton fan! Someone has to be I suppose. That’s not to say Palace and Millwall fans aren’t welcome at the stall, we don’t discriminate at Meltsmiths! A couple of years ago they started bringing a few street food traders down to The Valley on a match day. This was until someone didn’t have his equipment gas safe certified and was very close to a serious accident after a gas leak – needless to say street food traders weren’t allowed back at The Valley.

What would be your perfect day in London?

I think my perfect day would be a lazy Sunday down the pub with a load of mates drinking, eating and laughing all day – shame I work every Sunday really! It’s pretty difficult to find a load of mates who want to hang out in the pub all day on a Tuesday afternoon (although I’ve got a couple, you know who you are).