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you will find cosy wing armchairs and leather sofas, all laid out in rather more homely style. It’s calling out to you … Come on over! Sit down! Relax! Derek will tell you himself that the concept of slowing down, taking time out and treating yourself to something supremely delicious is Dalhousie’s raison d’etre. Ever since childhood food has meant a sharing of love and hearing him recall memories of arriving home with his two brothers to hear country music blaring out from the radio in the kitchen – ‘we knew then, mum was home, and she was cooking’ – is a delight. A baker for as long as he can remember, all the recipes Derek uses at Dalhousie are third generation, passed down from his grandmother. His best memories are about family meals and friends’ celebrations, so starting up his own cake business feels the ultimate dream come true. Yes there’s great coffee (via Union Roastery) and superior tea (Jing’s), yes ingredients have been carefully researched (Marriage’s Flour, Wilkins Tiptree Jam, Bread Factory sourdoughs, Northiam Dairy milk) and yes, you can have a glass of Digby Fine English Sparkling Wine with your gateau if you so choose. And one more thing: if you would like Derek to make you a whole cake for a special occasion he most definitely will. All you have to do is ask. Share a cake, share the love Dalhousie 1 Westow Street SE19 3RY Monday to Saturday 8am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm dalhousie.london 14

The Transmitter Issue 40  

A South London Magazine

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