In particular the croissant. An unassuming treat that in the UK can be anything from a necessity (breakfast on the go) to a divine few mouthfuls of pastry goodness. It’s a versatile little thing too, you can enjoy it plain, find it full of bitter sweet chocolate and wrapped around melted cheese. Of course us Brits don’t take them as seriously as our neighbours across the Channel but I have a feeling, like many things in life, once you’ve tried the best you’ll find it hard to go back.
If you’re wondering why I’m getting your stomach rumbling over delicious pastry, it all started with an email from a kind French reader who set to me to the challenge of finding the best pastries London has to offer. There’s usually an answer to everything in this city so I was determined to find it. There MUST be great bakeries, patisseries and viennoiseries here. Sure they’re not going to be the same (being surrounded by that French accent and their chic style is hard to recreate), but for all the French residents that must live here there has to be something good! Here’s what my research uncovered.
Image credit – Nicolas Connault
First things first, you might want to know what makes a good croissant according to the French. If so you should read this very informative article.
Sadly I haven’t been able to go out and try a whole load of pastries in the name of research to check they’re up to these standards, but they do get some brilliant reviews online they must be worth trying out.
Belle Epoque – A gem amongst the ever evolving Stoke Newington, ran by husband and wife Eric and Hulya Rousseau. Eric is a qualified pastry chef who even holds a Guinness Book of World Records for creating world’s largest Croque en Bouche cake with his Paris team.
Le Petit Boulanger – A boutique cafe known for its viennoiserie and beautifully decorated french pastries.
Maison Blanc – Passionate about providing authentic french food, with over 20 years in the business and 14 locations across London and the South, they must be able to offer a good pastry at the very least.
The Delaunay – I’ve mentioned this for brunch before but I’ve heard the pastries are so good that I had to include it again. I also have it on good authority from a colleague that their little basket of pastries is to die for.
Have you ever had the perfect pastry in London?