The Southerden Pastry Store

The Southerden Pastry StorePhotographs Courtesy of The Southerden’s Instagram Words by Shaun Cooney

If you asked me five or six years ago, if the morning after the night before I would be suggesting coffee and pastries I wouldn’t have believed you. Back then my idea of a Saturday morning was staying in bed and feeling sorry for myself but on this spring morning, I was heading just off Peckham high street to The Southerden.

Seconds after stepping in the door and as my eyes widened looking over the section of home made cakes, I’m taken aback by the compliments aimed at my brunch companion. After a few moments of gushing, we take a seat on a beautiful contemporary communal table covered in magazines and order a coffee and filled croissants. Unfortunately on this visit they were all out of croissants but we were happily offered home made sandwiches on a freshly made loaf. I relished every bite of my delicious cheese and smoked ham sandwich.

No matter how satisfied I was already, I couldn’t leave here without trying the cakes. I chose a choumert bun, filled with salted caramel and bananas so rich and light I had to force myself to share. But sharing was no problem as may companion had the lemon meringue pie; perfectly tart and with a delicious sticky texture. Begrudgingly we left but not without purchasing the rest of the loaf our sandwiches came from.

This independent bakery is one of the many perks of Bellenden Village. It may mean a big change for Peckham but thankfully it means chicken shops and greasy spoons aren’t the only option anymore.

The Southerden Pastry Store

The Southerden Pastry Store

The Southerden Pastry Store

The Southerden Pastry Store

The Southerden Pastry Store

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