The lack of bakeries in the broader neighbourhood is a regular topic of conversation among you lot. Why isn’t there, for example, one to serve newly-arrived Frentishtowners? What on earth happened to the ill-named (and shortly-lived) La Bonn Patisserie? Why didn’t Mike (next to E.Mono) quite pan out as expected?
Anyway, with the return of the British Bake Off and the weather surely about to turn, all we really want is to sink a hunk of fresh bread in a thick butternut squash soup. And now the inhabitants of Tufnell Park can do just that – because Bunny Little’s Bakery has just hopped into the manor.First things first: there is no Bunny Little. She’s a leporine creation. In fact, she’s a “furry foodie fashionista with attitude who has bags of authenticity concerning baking, adores fashion and is always seen in the latest catwalk looks carrying a coffee,” sings owner Katy Taylor, whose background is as fashion editor and stylist at Vogue and Tatler.
And to prove it, a big pink neon sign – Food is my Fashion – lights up the back wall, Tracey Emin-style, a nod to this local girl who’s swapped magazines for artisan bread and cupcakes. “I fancied a change,” she says, “and this spot around the corner from my house came up. I’ve always loved food and baking.”
We popped by yesterday to find a gaggle of yummy mummies outside the candy pink-fronted caff basking on white tolix chairs, perfectly positioned for the matinal sun. And Katy too was beaming with pride: “We’re supposed to shut at 7 – but everything sells out by 5pm.”
That’s no surprise considering head chef Guilia Geminan – previously of the The Langham and quite excellent Princi in Soho – bakes fresh loaves, every morning, from focaccia to ciabatta. Then there are pastries and cupcakes, using locally sourced organic ingredients. And familiar face Craig, formerly of the Junction Tavern (so popular that Giles Coren even bemoaned his absence from the pub on Twitter) gives her a hand front of house.
First impressions? We enjoyed a deliciously crispy and not-too-sweet almond croissant, and a tangy apricot pastry, all washed down with a creamy Union latte. “We’re not like any of the chains,” says Katy. “We want to offer something locals will love on their way to work or on the school run.”
I took a box of cupcakes back to the office which we all shared after lunch, while discussing (perhaps high on sugar) whether the perennial pop-up faves have had their moment or not. Whatever, these were colourful, glittery and extremely sweet, the almond variety the clear favourite (although chocoholics will be happy, too).
What else? Well, with pumpkin-carving lessons and plans for a gift shop-cum-deli “so people can grab a bottle of wine on their way to a dinner party”, Bunny Little’s Bakery – along with the much-loved Tavern, Eeny Meeny and that, er, rather posh new “Budgens of Tufnell Park” – is making what estate agents must surely be now calling Campdale Road Village (ouch!) quite sparkly.