If you love pastries, you have to visit Miel Bakery. This total bakery gem in Fitzrovia was a love-at-first-bite experience for me. For a brief background, Miel Bakery is a French-influenced boulangerie & patisserie located just a stone’s throw away from Warren Street station. It is founded by Shaheen Peerbhai, who’s classically trained in French cuisine & patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and London, as well as Centre de Formation d’Alain Ducasse in France. With such a headline-worthy background, it is no surprise that Miel Bakery has immediately been recognised as one of the best bakeries in London.
Miel Bakery prides itself in using only the best ingredients and baking all its bread & pastries on-site by a small team of expertly trained bakers. Most of these ingredients are sourced directly from France, including flour that’s traditionally milled in Normandy, Valrhona chocolate, Poitou Charentes butter, etc. It’s all about the love & passion for the art of viennoiseries, which you can tell unquestionably tell from its pastries.
Miel Bakery & Workshops
In addition to being a wonderful neighbourhood bakery, Miel is also a workshop space where Shaheen shares her baking knowledge and builds a community for aspiring bakers & pastry lovers. If you are interested in learning from the master herself, you can sign up for Miel Bakery’s newsletter to keep an eye on any upcoming workshops.
The Coffee & Pastries at Miel Bakery: What We Ordered
Date of visit: January 2023
Pistachio & Chocolate Swirl (£5.90)
One pastry that gave me the ultimate urge to visit Miel Bakery was this pistachio & chocolate swirl. This gorgeous pastry swirl was laced with pistachio pastry cream and toasted pistachio nuts, as well as hints of melted chocolate all around. Everything about this pastry screams perfection. The pistachio cream was not too sweet and carried a distinct nutty & savoury flavour which was subtly balanced with the chocolate. From the exquisite lamination to the supreme quality of the pistachios, this was an embodiment of a pastry lover’s dream.
Cruffin with Pecan Praline (£5.50)
Another pastry that caught my eye at the counter was the Pecan Praline Cruffin. It is essentially a croissant bun that’s filled with pecan praline feuilletine & 64% Valrhona dark chocolate mousseline. Needless to say, the pastry itself and lamination have been perfect. The flavour balance of sweetness here was impeccable. It’s not too sugary and simply lusciously delicious.
The final cherry-on-top about Miel Bakery is its excellent coffee. Using award-winning Assembly coffee roast, the latte was strong & robust in flavour and was rich & velvety to taste. Additionally, the lovely latte art is always a bonus as well. I have thoroughly enjoyed every sip of this coffee and couldn’t ask for a better pairing to all the beautiful pastries here.
Food Review Summary
To conclude, Miel Bakery is easily one of the best bakeries in London and is an actual living pastry dream. As can be seen, I simply couldn’t emphasise enough how good the quality of every pastry there is. In my opinion, these pastries have been as impressive as those I had in Copenhagen which had been top-tier and is a high bar to beat. Coupled with fantastic coffees, there’s nothing to not love about Miel Bakery at all. The only downside is that seating is rather limited with just two small tables outside the shop. But I think it’s totally part of the charm to grab a few pastries to go with one hand and a cup of coffee with the other to sip as you walk down the streets of Fitzrovia. Safe to say, I’ll be back again soon to try out more of their other pastries!
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Nearest station: Warren Street