Aux Merveilleux de Fred

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Are you a window-shopping cake-fancier? Then what’s going on behind the polished plate glass of this bakery will prove irresistible. The eye-popping pastries are kneaded, rolled, shaped and piped in the display windows, causing so much distraction there was a Bugaboo pavement pile-up on our Saturday visit.


Fred’s eye-candy includes meringues topped with flavoured whipped creams: chocolate, coffee, caramel, hazelnut, sold individually (from £1.70) for instant gratification or in pretty presentation boxes. If you able to exercise a modicum of self-restraint, there are also brioche buns flavoured with chocolate, raisins or sugar to take home for later (from £1.90). These two lines are the main raisons d’eat at Fred, though there are also frou-frou celebration cakes, just as creamy and fancy.


Fred isn’t really a sit-down kind of place, though it does have a coffee machine and a few high stools. There’s a branch in South Kensington (not to mention dozens in Paris and across France). Fred really is the owner’s name, and his cakes really are merveilleux.

By: Guy Dimond

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Venue name: Aux Merveilleux de Fred
Contact:
Address: 55
Northcote Rd
London
SW11 1NP
Opening hours: Open 8am-7.30pm Tue-Sat; 8.30am-6.30pm Sun
Transport: Clapham Junction Rail
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Aux Merveilleux de Fred is a french patisserie that specialise in meringues and cramiques and have several international locations.

Enticed by their window display of fresh looking pastries, I entered their South Kensington branch and ordered a chocolate chip cramique; a rich sweet breakfast bread very similar to a brioche. Fortunately, I had arrived just as they had come out of the oven. The dough tasted perfectly light and buttery - the sort of delightful treat that can be enjoyed at any moment of the day.

I then decided to try one of their meringues. I opted for the Incroyable which was made of Speculos biscuit and white chocolate. It was a soft and airy meringue with a crisp exterior. Although I personally found it too sweet for my liking, it was very well made and would certainly have tempted any meringue lover. Each flavour had a quirky name like The Magnifique and The Eccentrique and they were topped with flavoured whipped creams & then dipped in various crumbles. These included white and dark chocolate flakes, coffee powder, a variety of nuts and more. They could also be purchased in pretty boxes.

Cramiques start from £1.90 and meringues from £1.70. They only have a limited variety of pastries but they focus on getting these two items right. I would recommend these products. And as the name ‘merveilleux’ suggests, they really do taste wonderful.

tastemaker

I discovered this bakery when I was on holiday in New York, and was delighted to discover they have a London branch. They make the most amazing brioche alongside other delicious treats. You can get them to take away or eat them in store and watch the bakers at work. The perfect treat if you are in the South Kensington area.

tastemaker

This French bakery serves up the best Chocolate Chip Brioche! They come in two sizes; medium and large, which is great because you could have it as a snack or as a breakfast treat. The bread is super fluffy and soft on the inside while the exterior 'crust' is glazed nicely and keeps the brioche together. It tasted even better when I brought it home and heated it up in the oven for a few minutes. This made the chocolate chips all melty in each bite!