Serendipity Bakes | serendipitybakes.co.uk
“Two years ago I stepped out of the corporate world to spend more time with my children,” says Nicola King. “I couldn’t find a culinary course that worked around school hours, so decided to teach myself and started a blog about it called Serendipity Bakes. The best part for me is seeing the delight on people’s faces when they see their cake. I’m lucky that every request is different, whether they’re celebration cakes or individual themed cupcakes, but I think my favourites are BB-8 and Frankenminion.”
Belleville Brewing Co bellevillebrewing.co.uk
Adrian Thomas started this local brewery because he was bored in the music business and wanted something more challenging. Bearing in mind he used to play keyboards for Tubular Bells rock god, Mike Oldfield (yes, really!), that’s saying something! “I started home brewing after organising a beer festival at Belleville Primary, and some of the other dads showed interest in the idea of a brewery. I love all our beers, especially Commonside Pale Ale – it has a lot of Cascade hops which always make me think of holidays in the US. It’s exciting when locals discover us and visit the brewery in Jaggard Way to see what we do.”
The Dessert Deli | thedessertdeli.co.uk
With only a credit card to her name in the midst of the recession, Laura Amos had a plan. “I started my business back in 2008 as I saw a gap in the market for a unique, luxury desserts brand that would put quality ingredients and customer service above all else. Our legendary Belgian Chocolate Mousse with Honeycomb is our customers’ all-time favourite at our Saturday stall on Northcote Road. We also have The Dinner Deli there too, which offers delicious, wholesome comfort food such as lasagne, aubergine parmigiana, soups, stews and pies.” Mr NVN swears by pretty much everything she’s ever made.
Emma’s Kitchen | emmas-kitchen.co.uk
Need a little meal-time inspiration? Turn to Emma Smith, who redesigned her family kitchen to include four ovens, two large hobs and a big island to enable up to ten people to learn to cook. “I also have a meal delivery service. I create a menu (usually a choice of two delicious mains and a pudding) which I publicise and ask people to put their orders in. We then deliver lovingly home-cooked food to the door. It’s for the times you’re craving home-cooked food, but you don’t have the time to produce it.”
Nuvola | nuvolabakery.com
Boutique bakery Nuvola was started by Nuvola Tivoli following eight years of cooking, exploring and working as a pastry chef, and upon completing her professional pastry and confectionery chef course in Rome. “Baking is my passion, my zen garden and my purpose. By opening my little artisan bakery, I have the chance of fulfilling this dream and sharing it with the wider community. I love making people happy with organic, delicious and healthier treats! My favourite has to be the Guinness and chocolate cake with Baileys and mascarpone filling, but cinnamon buns are my bestsellers.”
Bolingbroke Bees firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspired by a newspaper article about the decline of bees and how it is possible to keep them in a London garden, Jenny and Marcus Boyle started keeping bees six years ago. “We now have two hives, producing up to 100 litres each summer. The honey is collected twice during the summer and harvested in the kitchen by the family with the help of Barnaby Shaw, a local beekeeper. The flavour of the honey benefits from the sheer variety of plants and flowers kept in the gardens of south-west London, providing a very rich and distinctive taste. Any money raised from selling the honey goes to charity; this year it went to Trinity Hospice.”
Urban Wine | urbanwineco.co.uk
Urban Wine gather grapes from their 100-strong members who live in south-west London and the Home Counties, and blend them at their winery in Staffordshire to create Chateau Tooting. “Our wine is available at Lamberts restaurant in Balham, Tota restaurant in Tooting, Unwined in Tooting Market, Dvine Wine in Clapham, Urban Tea Rooms in Soho and Ben’s House in Fitzrovia. Demand is growing and we have pre-orders for the next batch of Chateau Tooting,” say founders Richard Sharp and Paul Miles. With between 6,000 to 8,000 bottles of rosé made in the last ten years, it’s time to get in line for a local vintage.