If you’re in the mood for a light lunch or delicious cake (or both!) in between wandering the shops of Bond Street, or seeing an exhibition at the Royal Academy, then Rose Bakery at Dover Street Market is the perfect place for you. Hidden away on the top floor of arguably the most stylish department store in town, Rose Bakery is one of my favourite places to go whenever I’m in Mayfair. The atmosphere is laid back, with a long communal table scattered with interesting magazines, as well as a few individual tables huddled by a big window at the back of the room (in the summer, the doors leading to the balcony are often flung wide, so you can sit out and admire the view across the neighbouring rooftops). If you’re in the mood for some shopping too, then the Labour & Wait counter on the same floor is filled with many beautiful and delightful things, including classic striped tops and painted enamel pots.
Lunch options at Rose Bakery are simple, but delicious, featuring a range of salads, quiche, frittatas, soups and daily specials. Freshly baked cakes are displayed invitingly on the long counter top, making it near impossible to choose only one to try. I especially like their list of excellent teas, but the coffee and hot chocolate are good too. On Saturday, I went for lunch with my Mum and my friend Kristina before heading to the Royal Academy to see the excellent selection of shows currently exhibiting (more on that tomorrow!). To my delight, we snagged the coveted table by the window and then put in our orders: the day’s special of meatballs in tomato sauce and salad for me, and onion and spinach frittata for Mum and Kristina. Everything (I sampled the frittata too!) was absolutely delicious, as it always is, and Mum and I couldn’t resist sharing a slice of pumpkin loaf cake for dessert as well. I had my half with some more tea: ginger and honey this time, to combat a slight sore throat, and the combination was pretty heavenly!
Have you been to Rose Bakery, Dover Street Market (or even its Parisian branch) before? What did you think of it?