THE BEST PASTRIES IN LONDON RIGHT NOW
Going out to get a nice coffee is one of the few things you can look forward to during lockdown. And do you know what goes with a coffee (or tea or whatever takeaway beverage you choose)? A pastry. London’s bakeries are turning out some absolute crackers at the mo and we’ve rounded up the best ones below. And remember, if you don’t post your pastry on the ‘gram, does it even exist?
Carbonara Swirl at Trullo
Trullo went from restaurant to shop during lockdown and as well as selling soups, pasta, bread, booze and deli items, they’re doing a very strong line in pastries, including this carbonara swirl. It’s a frankly inspired mashup of pasta dish and pastry with some serious #yolkporn action.
Miso Bacon Escargot at Arome
Arôme, which has just opened its first permanent bakery in Covent Garden, is all about blending French patisserie techniques with Asian flavours. Et voila, the Miso Bacon Escargot. There are no actual snails in this (it’s just in a snail shape you see) but it has got saltiness and savouriness from miso and bacon, with a load of spring onions rolled up in there for good measure.
Flakey Flap at Pophams
After bringing us the divine sticky toffee croissant pudding at the end of last year, Pophams is continuing its croissant experimentation series by crossing it with a flapjack. The name may need work but the pastry is perfect.
Rhubarb Danish at Jolene
It’s rhubarb season and Jolene is celebrating with these picture perfect rhubarb danishes, which you can get at both the OG Newington Green spot and the new Big Jo in Hornsey. Double trouble.
Mandarin Mont Blanc at Café Kitsuné
The first perm outlet of Café Kitsuné in the UK has opened inside Japanese/Nordic mega-building Pantechnicon in Belgravia and it’s coming through with the pastry goods. As well as those signature fox cookies and melon pan (if you know, you know), you can get your hands on specials like the festive Mont Blanc given a twist with the addition of mandarin.
Pop Tarts at Milk
Remember those pop tarts from your childhood? Well Milk has given them a 2021 update with a two-pack of French kiwi & pineapple with black lime & coconut icing and rhubarb compote & lavender with treacle. YUM. These are only on at weekends and in limited numbers so you gotta get ’em before they’re gone.
Crullers at Corner Store
Crullers are essentially twisty doughnuts – so yes they’re deep fried – and Corner Store in Camberwell is doing a whole rainbow assortment of them with different toppings and glazes. Get one in every colour, you know it makes sense.
Rosemary Pear Tarte Tatin at Miel Bakery
You can’t beat a good tarte tatin but they normally come in sharing sizes, which isn’t great if you’ve got a real craving for one and you’re alone (if you can take on a big one by yourself and still function for the rest of the day then we salute you). French bakery Miel has answered our prayers with these individual pear tarte tatins – all the goodness and no need to share.
Orange & Poppy Seed Swirl at Dusty Knuckle
Dusty Knuckle has become famous for those monster sarnies but the team does way more than stuff things in between doorstop slices of bread and sling ’em from a milk float. They also make elite level pastries, including this sweet orange & poppyseed swirl.
Chocolate Babka Cruffin at Sourdough Sophia
Why combine two baked goods together when you could do three? That’s exactly what Sophia Sutton-Jones aka Sourdough Sophia has done at her Crouch End microbakery with the chocolate babka cruffin. All the flavours of a chocolate babka wrapped into a croissant-muffin hybrid….yes, yes and yes.
Chorizo Cheese De Sal at Kapihan
Kapihan in Battersea celebrates the best of Filipino cafe culture, so as well as brewing speciality coffee sourced from the islands it serves up traditional bakes too. Pandesal is a classic bread and this version has chorizo and a blend of three cheeses in it, with some extra pecorino on top for good measure.
Creme Brulee Croissant at Elliot’s
Elliot’s is continuing the great tradition of mashing up two sweet items into one super hybrid treat with this creme brulee croissant, adding the creme inside the pastry and the brulee on top of it. It’s only available at weekends so you have all week to build up the anticipation.