Luminary Bakery

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Luminary Bakery

Women’s charities and refuges are struggling to meet demand in the wake of government cuts. So thank goodness for Luminary Bakery, which has set up shop to work with women who have experienced domestic violence, homelessness, sexual exploitation and crime, training them to become professional bakers.

As well as getting to grips with sourdough starters, trainees at the Scandi-style bakehouse learn about marketing and budgets and get one-to-one support to help them back on their feet.

How can you help? Easy: drop by the Stoke Newington café to stuff your face with cake (it’s open seven days a week). Or you could make the trip for a baking class, order a birthday cake or splash out on afternoon tea and eat your own weight in fresh mini sandwiches and sweet treats.

By: Emma Hughes

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Venue name: Luminary Bakery
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Address: 71-73
Allen Road
London
N16 8RY
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Bakeries make me happy. Fact. They just do. I love everything about them; the pushing open of a door and the stepping into a warm, welcoming space full of golden loaves, fluffy cakes and flaky pastries is one of the truly dependable things in life regardless of age, location or background. They have the power to unite and inspire in a way that few other ventures do.


Luminary is tucked away down Allen St in N16 Stoke Newington and it prides itself on being that little bit different to other nearby baking hot spots. Run by and for women who have been disadvantaged through poverty and crime amongst other things, this is a place that empowers women to strive for and work towards better, brighter futures, something that you can support in the easiest & most delicious way. What could be better?


Small & cosy, there's a back room tucked away for those who crave solitude and a larger space up front full of wooden tables & stools, lit by sunlight that streams through shop-front windows, kissing piles of dark, crusty bread and golden tipped viennoiserie.


On a frosty November morning, chai lattes were gorgeously sweet & warming and if it's a full-on caffeine fix you need, they serve Climpson & Sons beans so you can be assured of a decent cup of joe. Bowls of porridge were creamy & comforting - I would have liked a slightly thicker texture and a slightly bigger portion but a) porridge is incredibly subjective and b) I'm an enthusiastic eater - and homemade brownies came in regular, gluten free and vegan varieties. The salted caramel gluten free version was gorgeous; damp, heavy & with just the right amount of give, it delivered a knock out cocoa hit with a luscious pop of caramel sweetness coming through every now and again. For me the vegan cherry & coconut slice couldn't quite deliver the same oomph of texture or flavour I was looking for but it's nice to be able to go somewhere and now any food intolerances in your group could be catered for.


Service is lovely and there's a genuinely homemade feel to everything from the counter top curtains to the swirly cinnamon buns and selling 'yesterday's buns' is a nice touch to avoid waste and encourage people to buy beyond only that which was made in the last hour. Is Luminary the kind of place that's going to worry other behemoth bakery chains in the capital? Nope. Is that the aim of it and the people bringing it to life? Nope. There's room for both in a city of over 8 million people and whilst I love that choice, if you're in the neighbourhood, I'd encourage you to breakfast, lunch or 3pm pick-me-up here once in a while so you can know you're helping a community and filling your belly at the same time.

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