Stephane Cusset first opened L’eau a La Bouche on Broadway Market in 2004 and moved to a larger premises next door five years later. “It was really busy straightaway,” he says. “It was just very well received by the locals.”
It was around the same time that the street market reopened, Stephane recalls. There had been a produce market on this street for hundreds of years but the boom of supermarket shopping in the years following the second world war hit stallholders hard. A 25-year campaign by local activists turned all that around and the thriving food, fashion and arts and crafts market that now descends on Broadway Market every weekend is their legacy.
As well as watching the development of the street market, Stephane has seen an “evolution” of the shops on Broadway Market, he says, with old fashioned businesses giving way to a new wave of café and delis, which in turn have closed. These days he’s pleased to rub shoulders with the likes of fishmonger Fin + Flounder, cafe Climpson & Sons, and Hill & Szrok – butcher’s shop by day, hip restaurant by night.
The area has become a “destination” in the years since Stephane has been here but there’s still a friendly feel, he says. “I’ve got good friends and lovely customers.”
Stephane Cusset, L’eau à La Bouche, 35–37 Broadway Market