Wednesday, 30 April 2014


Cheese topped pretzels at Tesco and a product that would sell well in any take away cafe.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Quality Food Shop

Quality Chop House on Farringdon Road, London opened in 1869 and now has a food shop - see

Monday, 28 April 2014

A Good Throshing

 Another regional cake from The Real Norfolk Cake Company.

Friday, 25 April 2014

A Slice of Britain

The Real Norfolk Cake Company's Vinegar Cake is featured in this interesting new book 'A Slice of Britain' by Caroline Taggart which features regional cakes.
In an age when pastries are similar in almost every cafe, regional cakes provide that point of difference.

Thursday, 24 April 2014


Cakesmiths in Bristol reckon they are the coffee shop cake specialists and their traybakes at the London Coffee Festival hit the mark for quality and offer something a little different.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

New for the Chains

'New' large jaffa cakes at Costa and 'new' meringues at Paul. 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Tesco Euphoria

Euphorium Bakery section at Tesco in the West End - premium sandwiches and pastries.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Colour Me Beautiful

 Simple use of colour at Turner Contemporary's cafe in Margate.
 Colourful chairs and food presentation boards.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Allergen Aware

EAT have taken steps to comply with the new allergen regulations coming into force on 13th December. Have you? See the Ham & Cheese Toastie contains some of the 14 allergens that need to be declared:

  1. Cereals containing gluten
  2. Egg
  3. Milk
  4. Mustard
  5. Crustaceans
  6. Fish
  7. Molluscs
  8. Lupin
  9. Nuts and nut oils
  10. Peanut
  11. Soya
  12. Sesame
  13. Celery and celeriac
  14. Sulphur dioxide and sulphites

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Townies & Blondies

 Townies - tart + brownie - at Bea's of Bloomsbury Farringdon.
 Brownie selection - Valrhona, Blondie and Killer (coconut, peanut butter, hazelnuts, praline and more)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Bubble at Home

I never thought it would take off in the mainstream market but 'make at home' Bubble Tea kits were getting attention at the recent Food and Drink Expo.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Gluten Free Growth

 Handmade Cake Company are experiencing their biggest growth with gluten free cakes and traybakes.
 No.G bakery have a whole range of gluten free products and their website is

Monday, 14 April 2014

Distinctly Different

 The Table in Southwark is the winning combination of architects Allies & Morrison, whose offices it sits in, and Shaun Alpine-Crabtree.  A small range of distinctive homebaked savouries and pastries.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Going Green

Vegetable juices are the cold drink phenomenon at trade shows and now on cafe shelves.  Savse's broccoli, pear, spinach, kale, kiwi, lemon and banana drink. Vegesentials have celery, apple and kale juice in the green bottle below and more half fruit/half vegetable juices and smoothies at
Pain Quotidien has their '1 a Day' Green Juice of swiss chard, celery, apple, orange, lime and ginger.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Predatory Pricing

 Latte breaks the £3 barrier at Workshop's new cafe in Amazon's headquarters building.
A £5.50 brick sized flapjack to take out at Del' Aziz Bankside.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Every Pound Counts

The free entry Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate may have a concession caterer operating their cafe but they publicise the fact that every purchase supports their exhibitions, community and school projects.
  More museums and galleries should make the message clear.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Coffee Cycling

 Peloton & Co's cycle shop in Spitalfields offers coffee and demonstrates the link between cyclists and cafes.
 Coffee machine manufacturer Faema makes the connection clear at the London Coffee Festival.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Rhubarb Heralds Spring

 Company of Cook's Spring Rhubarb Festival pastries at the Brewhouse Cafe, Kenwood House.
Rhubarb Lemonade

Friday, 4 April 2014

Booming Coffee

The London Coffee Festival sees the launch of Allegra's latest London Coffee Guide 2014.  Packed with reviews of 138 of the best independent coffee venues it features 37 new cafes - it's not just London house prices that are booming.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Best Buns

Cinnamon buns at the Nordic Bakery.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Said Hits The Spot

 Chocolate moulds act as wall decor at Said's chocolate cafe/shop.
 Milk churn seats.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Cross Toast

Hot Cross Toast at Starbucks.