I'd been dreaming about Lily's Summer Bakewells ever since I read her article in The Times Style magazine early June. I even fantasised about making them in a fetching pinny, wafting around in my unusually small kitchen...But, I thought, why make them when I can go for a bit of a jolly up to Columbia Road Flower Marketand sample the delights made by her for myself? So I did! Now, I love plants, gardening, as you have probably gathered by now, drinking tea and eating cake. So I was really excited about going to her bakery, which has only just opened, and also buying some big and blousy dalia's for the front garden.
Mr B and I pottered over one Sunday afternoon, made our way through the throng of people and plants, averted our eyes away from the chic and curios shops...we were on a mission. We found the bakery, nestled in a quiet courtyard in Ezra Street off Columbia Road. The vibe was relaxed and happy, there are two communal tables (one inside the shop the other just outside) and a space inside the shop. As you walk in you are greeted by the abundance of cakes, bakes, tarts and the coffee machine. And there is Lily serving her cakes. I was pleased to see that the Bakewells hadn't quite sold out so I ordered one along with a cup of Lapsang Souchong and Mr B had a poppy and lemon cupcake and Earl Grey. We sat at the outside communal table along with two really friendly Italians. It was raining a little but I really didn't care as I was at one with my Bakewell and it was beautiful to see small rain drops splashing in my tea. It was one of 'those moments'. The Bakewell was everything a Bakewell should be; crumbley underneath; soft and chewy on the inside with the hit of almonds. What made it extra special was it's fresh cherry 'hat'. Mr B's cupcake was a revelation, it was packed full of poppy seeds it was a real 'eating sensation' - Thanks Lily!
The bakery is open on Sunday's only (along with the flower market) between 0800-1600. It is small, but as they say, all the best things come in small packages. If you can't wait 'til Sunday, you can always pop over to Harrods and pick up a selection of her cakes there.
And we managed to get two huge over the top, in your face, dalia plants...that'll give the neighbours something to talk about!