Louis Patisserie in Hampstead many times on my way elsewhere and made a mental note to go one day. Open since 1963, it really reminds me of the places The Beatles visited in their old films, being served cake in a tea room by a stern old granny in an apron. The interior certainly hasn't changed since the 1960s.
Nor has the design of the boxes. I wonder how many plush Hampstead birthdays have featured a boxed cake from here? (That's me live blogging in the background.)
But on to the cakes. There were flaky slices, choux buns and eclairs, all stuffed with cream, heavy glazed fruit tarts, sweet Hungarian specialities...
...the brown squiggles are creme de marrons, gooey sweet chestnut purée layered with cream and sponge.
I played safe with a chocolate éclair, which was pretty perfect. My friend Des had a slice of bakewell tart but it was really sugary, she couldn't eat it. I did a safety check and it was pretty much a solid square of sugar. Disappointing. A proper old fashioned tea tray and a sugar fuelled gossip made up for it, though. Definitely worth a stop off as part of a Hampstead Heath day or a shopping day in Hampstead.
Contact details for the Louis Patisserie here.
[First two images courtesy of Laura Nolte and Su Lin. My photos were crap!]