Central stretch of road now hosts over a dozen bakeries and cafes
New bakeries adding to existing choice on Fulham Road
June 12, 2023
Two new bakeries have joined the ever-growing line-up of cafes and coffee shops in the busy central stretch of Fulham Road between Parsons Green Lane and Munster Road.
Despite the current financial climate, this half mile stretch now hosts over a dozen cafes and over 20 eateries overall.
Taking over the premises at 811 Fulham Road which were previously home to children’s shoe shop Pollyanna is Bridge Baker Bakery and Pizzeria, a companion to the very popular existing store in Wandsworth Bridge Road, and serving the same mix of freshly handmade bread, including its famous sourdough, plus cakes, pastries and slow-fermented pizzas.
Today, June 12 is the fourth anniversary of the original Bridge Baker’s opening and owner Gauri Nafrey is inviting local people to share special celebratory treats and surprises in both branches.
Across the street at 664 Fulham Road, Hamlet’s Bakery has proved so popular in its first few weeks of trading that it has had to expand its kitchen and take on extra staff. Run by Cornish self-taught baker, food writer and recipe developer Trevennon Dakota, the bakery‘s menu offers “innovative interpretations” of Jewish, Cornish, Middle Eastern and European bakes and cuisines and says its ethos is to “help eliminate mis-conceptions about other cultures, faiths and heritage through the universal language of food.”
Among the bakery’s best sellers are its Challah bread, and it is holding regular workshops for those who would like to make it themselves, with the next scheduled for 22 July.
And if you are wondering about the name, Hamlet is Trevennon’s Staffy Terrier!
Trevennon Dakota and Hamlet the Staffy Terrier (right)
These newcomers join a string of mostly independent cafes and coffee shops lining this part of Fulham Road, including long established businesses The Hive, Boys’N’Berry, La Pizzica, Flavourtown, Local Hero and The Pottery Cafe.
More recent arrivals which are also thriving include Lebanese bakery Ta’mini, health food specialists The Acai Girls and the family run Matt’s Cafe. Coffee chains meanwhile are represented by Joe and the Juice and Gail’s.
Coffee however, isn’t the only brew on offer - bubble tea store Mooboo has also recently arrived. And for foodies with a sweet tooth, "dessert parlour" Chocolounge, at the western end of the strip at 845 Fulham Road, is pudding heaven, with a menu including milk shakes, gelato, waffles, crepes and a Japanese speciality, a fish shaped waffle called a Taiyaki, which can be filled with either custard, pistachio, chocolate sauce or ice cream.
A fish shaped waffle from Chocolounge on Fulham Road
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