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English desserts in London


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English desserts in London

peelmeagrape | | Jan 21, 2007 03:30 PM

I'm planning an early February trip to London and have a quite specific request.

I'm obsessed with English desserts, especially steamed puddings, custard and other "school food"-style sweets. It doesn't matter whether the presentation of the food and the ambiance are very casual or very fancy - I'm more concerned about quality and the variety of options. (For reference, I've enjoyed the desserts at the Rivington Grill in the past.) Is there somewhere you can think of - maybe a bakery or dessert cafe - that does a fairly wide range of these? I don't know if it might be a better idea to buy a large assortment from a nice food hall and coax our hotel to (gasp!) heat them up for us so we can have a dessert-only picnic in our hotel room.

Also, how about a rec for a bakery that does English baked goods of the more breakfast-y variety (hot cross buns?)? The pastry shop recs I've seen on the board are all French.

Thanks in advance!

P.S. An aside: The February Gourmet mentions a new place called St. Alban that's owned by the same people as the Ivy and the Wolseley. Has anyone been and is it worth a visit?