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Crown Jewels

Here at Cellardoor we couldn’t let such a historic event pass by us without having our own Jubilee celebrations in honour of Her Royal Majesty’s 60-year reign. We enjoyed lots of champagne, cakes and of course strawberries and cream! Take a look at what we made and be inspired for your future garden parties and summer revelry.


Serves 2

400g strawberries
75g strawberry jelly
500ml pink champagne
140ml double cream
56g ground almond
½ tsp rose water
1 heaped tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp almond essence
A few almond flakes
150g blueberries

For the crown:
Puff pastry
Coloured icing (icing sugar, water and food colouring mixed together)
Edible gold dust


- Heat oven to 200C
- Roll pastry and cut out into the shape of a crown, put it into a ramekin with pre-greased baking paper inside and lay with rice and bake in the oven until golden (check regularly so it does not burn)
- Once cool, decorate with coloured icing and brush on lots of edible gold dust
- Make the jelly (follow packet instructions) but add to the mixture 500ml pink champagne and 350g strawberries cut in half into a bowl to set – leave in the fridge overnight or for 6-8 hours
- For the almond cream: whisk together 1 tsp almond essence and double cream until it becomes stiff, put quarter of the cream in a bowl; fold into the mixture the ground almonds, golden syrup and rose water and put into the fridge to set
- To layer the pudding, put the strawberry champagne jelly into a small glass, layer with blueberries and then carefully layer the almond cream on top
- Sprinkle on the toasted flaked almonds
- Put the whipped cream with almond essence set aside the night before, into a piping bag and carefully make a circular shape on top of the pudding, using the crown’s circumference as a guide, and place the crown gently on the cream circle
- Use any remaining fruit to freeze into ice-cubes and serve in a glass with our Strawberry Boozer: Gin, tonic, strawberry syrup (like our raspberry syrup we made last week!) and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, if you’re feeling brave.

Have a royal time – whatever occasion you are celebrating.
By Melodie Walter

(Fred &) Fran-tastic!

It’s just too easy to go to Starbucks. The drinks range is so large that it’s impossible to NOT like something, there is a choice of snacks to suit your mood, the Wi-Fi is free, and last but not least, they are EVERYWHERE.

But what do you do if you live in an area without a Starbucks?! Yes, such areas do still exist and Stoke Newington is one of them.  Well fret not, ‘No Starbucks’ doesn’t equal ‘no coffee’ in Stoke Newington. Nothing of the sort.  Instead, N16 offers such an abundance of coffee shops, tea rooms and cafes that making a coffee decision usually requires a flip chart and a lie down.

Fred & Fran is one of the abundance. Found on a quiet residential road, a minute away from Stoke Newington Church Street, Fred & Fran is a small, simply decorated and cosy ‘Artisan Coffee House’, serving, as well as Square Mile coffee, a good selection of drinks, homemade sandwiches and cakes.  As well as a wealth of natural daylight, and help-yourself water in retro milk bottles, Fred & Fran boasts the friendliest staff this side of the Thames.

If you’re in the area and craving some caffeine, head to Fred & Fran. The chocolate, mandarin and almond cake is worth the trip to N16 on its own.

Fred & Fran: 55 Kynaston Road, London N16 0EB

Something for the Weekend

Started by two friends, Drink, Shop & Do started life as a pop-up shop and was so successful that it’s now open permanently. Set inside an old Victorian bathhouse, Drink, Shop & Do comprises of 2 separate rooms joined by a staircase.

 The first room, which you enter from the street, is a shop selling the kind of kitchsy goodies that we all have too much off but still can’t resist buying:  cute mugs, adorable earrings and silly badges.  The second part of the shop is the cafe/bar of dreams containing such delights as tealights, floral fabrics, scotch eggs and cocktails….  And if you’re not a fan of a scotch egg, there’s so much more on offer. Stew of the day (screw soup of the day!!), quiche, sandwiches and an intimidating selection of cakes. No cup cakes here, instead huge slices of classics such as Victoria sponge and Bakewell tart.  And being licenced means that Drink, Shop & Do also offer beer, wine and cocktails along with the usual range of teas and coffees. But be warned that the staff aren’t stingy with their wine measures. 

The ‘Do’ part of Drink, Shop & Do is a range of activities such as comedy nights, gingerbread decorating and scarf knitting which are on most nights of the week to try and keep you out of trouble. Scrabble Sundays are going to be a firm Cellardoor favourite. Although we’re not promising a high score once after a few huge glasses of the house red.

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