I love this place so much it's difficult to know where to begin! It has the most amazing food, cakes and coffee from the wonderful cakes to pies and sausage rolls plus a wonderful array of freshly made lunches - casseroles, special salads etc Everything is locally sourced where possible and of top quality. It's a deli as well as a coffee shop and it is one of my favourite things to go and buy a range of yummy treats from hoggity pies and game pies to home made fishcakes to have for dinner. They renovated the upstairs a while ago so there is now more seating space than there used to be which is great news as it's the perfect place to stop for a slice of Victoria sponge cake and coffee in the middle of the afternoon. You can sit by the window and watch the world go buy, lovely!
Handmade food is also a catering company so definitely worth looking at for any catering needs!
Sweets and savories in the window beg one to come in for a visit.
However, once inside, it's not too clear, initially, what or how one orders. If you're behind a crowd, then just follow their lead and all will become right.
After months of wanting to snag an outside table, the bf and I were fortunate enough to do so on a Sunday afternoon. This was our first foray into HMF.
I went in to order cakes and lattes, pay and then return to my perch on the pavement. The place, fortunately, wasn't so busy, so the goodies arrived in fairly short order. The carrot cake, moist and not overly spiced, was a treat to eat. The Victoria sponge cake, looking so good in the window, was not tasting so good in the mouth. The decorative strawberry that had been on the slice that eventually made it to our table (indentation where berry bit had been, slightly reddish stain on the whipped cream) was absent upon arrival. More importantly, the sponge cake itself was quite dry and the whipped cream layer was meager with nary a strawberry to be seen there either. Word to the wise: it's a great-looking cake, but not so great to eat. Well, at least not the one that was out when we came strolling in.
The lattes, though not of 'third wave' coffee caliber, were good, and, more importantly, neither too hot, nor too cold.
I'd be keen on trying breakfast there as the eggs, sausages, and tomatoes being consumed by those sitting near us looked scrumptious. Well, let's hope that they taste as good as they look!
Probably the best part of my last visit to London in 2009. Heck, Europe! this little jewel was amazing. I ordered a bacon sandwich and an earl grey tea latte... I know I'm weird but I just had them steep the tea in milk with some vanilla and it was amazing! the quiche is also amazing. Its all made daily and the pastries are delicious. have a seat upstairs and don't forget to bring a book, or do your travel planning here. :)
The Worlds greatest bacon sandwich! Trust me.....
Handmade food in blackheath village is the kind of deli you cannot walk past. Appealing blackboard menus, platters of rustic food displayed in the window, THE best sausage rolls (expensive but can feed 2), homemade, on the spot, crispy bacon sandwiches in soft crusty bread, salads worth eating and fabulous service. They also do catering e.g.for those lazy new years eve dinner parties. I dare you to resist. (Monikasays.com)
Once upon a time I thought a Bacon and Egg sandwich was just that: a Bacon and Egg sandwich. Possibly I would worry about whether it was made with butter or margarine. And I would put up with margarine if that was what it so happened to be, in the same way that I might put up with a chip in the mug of tea served with fish and chips... because this is greasy-spoon-food right? And you've got to eat greasy-spoon-food in a greasy kind of a way? Well it turns out that I was wrong
I was enlightened one day after walking into Handmade food before 12pm. For the full review and details see blackheathcoffeeshops.wo…
I could not believe it when I saw that Handmade Foods made it into the Observer Cheap Eats feature. The food is OK but vastly overpriced for what it is. I've had a good quality breakfast here on a Sunday but I'd say that that was the best option available. I want to like this place but the the staff are aloof and unfriendly. If this were situated in Central London it wouldn't last five minutes.
I think Handmade Food have the best sausage rolls in London, sumptuous pastry with a gorgeous filling of proper rough cut pork. This is a deli to die for and it will make a hole in your wallet but it's worth it. Unusual salads available, beetroot with horseradish and lentils with pomegranate but these vary according to season. I also like the homity pies and chicken liver pate. The outside catering service provides state of the art party canapes.
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