By Tania Ballantine
There’s a reason supermarkets put the bread section near the entrance (or a big fat fan) – few things are more enticing than the smell of baking. Add a small play area for little ones (the locale is full of ankle-biters), some farmhouse chic styling, and it’s no surprise this bakery and café is wildly popular.
The counters are groaning with food fresh from the ovens: think giant gingerbread men, iced buns and millionaire’s shortbread alongside pastries and posh muffins (blueberry and almond, spiced apple). There are clever creations too, such as a cold ‘breakfast pie’ made of bacon, sausage and egg, or our savoury croissant – a dense, meaty sausage slathered in wholegrain mustard and folded into an envelope of beautifully rendered, golden puff pastry.
Equally simple, yet effective, was a slice of quiche, marrying the full flavour of a strong, creamy goat’s cheese with chunks of red onion, all over a buttery base. Only a slightly overcooked chocolate chip cookie showed their fallibility.
Busy periods create a real problem with crowd management. At the weekend, service was at breaking point, with the well-meaning staff barely able to cope with demand. The seats are uncomfortable too: the long banquette is raised high off the floor, making you tower, despot-like, over your companion.
Go for a take-away espresso (Allpress roast) and something baked in a box. Then get out. Fast.
|Venue name:||Dee Light Bakery||Contact:|
14 Ritherdon Rd
|Opening hours:||Open 8am-5pm Mon-Fri; 7.30am-4pm Sat; 8.30am-4pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Balham tube/rail or Tooting Bec tube|
|Price:||Meal for two: around £20|
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Average User Rating
4.4 / 5
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Love the coffee, and gluten free treats, alongside the lovely, polite lady who works there too! She brightens up my Saturday
Fantastic with or without kids. Best coffee and sausage rolls in town. Brilliant venture. Spend far too much time here!
A true neighbourhood feel. A happy hello, pick up of last conversation, children in every direction kind of place. Lucky us.
Great place to visit either during the week or on a lazy Saturday morning. Best coffee around and the cakes are Amazing!!