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Beyond sourdough?

Nestling on the right of our celebrated baguettes are our English brown tin loaves — ideal for slicing and toast

Since we began baking in the new Dorée at 26 Chatsworth Road we have been able to bring in new lines and get face to face reaction from our customers. We are proud of our baguettes (made with ‘levain’, which is a mixture of sourdough and yeast) and of course our own sourdough, which is made with a culture that comes originally from the celebrated St John bakery. The latest addition is a 50% wholemeal loaf, based on the recipe in Elizabeth David’s famous bread book, which also has a bit of sourdough — which makes for bread that keeps well — but also not so much as to mark the flavour too much.

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Coming soon — home delivered wines from our Burgundy growers

This Spring we visited three of the four main wine growers we import wine from directly in the north of Burgundy. They are all from villages around Chablis that have been considered for nearly a thousand years as among the best in France, but which more recently have been eclipsed by the more famous Côte d’Or 80 miles further south. But now they are emerging from the shadows. ‘You got in at the right time,’ one of them told me. ‘When I go to wine fairs foreign importers tell us we are what the market is looking for just now: our wines are not too expensive but they are exclusive — other countries can make a Mediterranean style but what we have here unique.’

Céline Coté
Céline Coté at home in the village of Molosmes with a ‘unique’ white wine made from red Pinot Noir grapes
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We are closing Nags Head Market stall

We will be trading for the last time at Nags Head Market this Friday March 26. This has been a hard decision to make given the support of some very loyal and appreciative customers. Also we pay tribute to our colleagues who have worked there and in particular Mohamed Bahraoui who built up a dedicated following and who is currently in Morocco following a family tragedy. We are still have a local presence with our cafés at Parliament Hill Lido and (soon reopening) at the Clissold Leisure Centre in Stoke Newington. The closure is for business reasons, which means that it costs more to stay open than to close, but we think the model of a covered market stall is a good one and we hope to revive it in future.

Hamza with our goodbye sign with the Covid mask adding to an unintendedly theatening effect …