Cakewalk Patisserie & Coffee House, Kingston - On the Tea Shop Trail
PUBLISHED: 12:13 05 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:23 05 November 2015
A real hidden gem tucked away in Kingston's Richmond Road, the Cakewalk Patisserie & Coffee House is quietly gaining a formidable reputation, as Louise Johncox discovered
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine October 2015
Need to know:
Cakewalk Patisserie & Coffee House, 131 Richmond Road, Kingston KT2 5BZ. Open seven days a week until 5pm each day. Tel: 0203 601 2870. Web: cakewalk
A friend, Lulu, recommended visiting the Cakewalk Patisserie & Coffee House, which upon further research I discovered is actually the number one place to dine in Kingston, if TripAdvisor are to be believed. Whatever your views on TripAdvisor, I can certainly vouch for the fact that on my visit I found truly wonderful cakes and a very friendly, welcoming service from a lovely husband-and-wife team.
Managing director, Emre Arslanturk, and his pastry chef wife, Elif, met at Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Four Seasons Hotel and they have over 20 years experience in five-star hotels and resorts around the world.
“We always dreamed of having our own business,” says Emre. “So last year we made the decision to open our own patisserie and coffee house. Our aim is to deliver five-star service and products in a modern café environment. You don’t need to be in Chelsea or Knightsbridge to have a luxury café experience; Cakewalk is at your service in Kingston.”
The interior is a mix of vintage and modern with the stunning cake display at its heart.
“We decorated Cakewalk in a vintage design with a modern twist,” says Emre. “We used pastels, sky blue and white, giving people a bright space and a relaxing environment.”
On the ground floor, there are four tables and, in the basement, a further three tables. On our visit, as it was sunny, we decided to sit at one of the eight tables outside.
On the menu…
The cake display reminded me of a high-quality continental patisserie with a good selection of exquisite home-made pastries including pink macaroons. I chose a slice of Raspberry and Almond Crumble Cake (£3.40), which was very moist as if it had just come out of the oven, while my friends picked the Cheesecake (£4), Lemon and Coconut Cake (£2.70) and Dairy-Free Carrot and Walnut Cake (£2.70). Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their cakes – all made by Elif.
I also enjoyed a cappuccino (£2.60) served in a glass, while tea costs £2.70 and comes in a teapot accompanied by a modern timer. We also tasted some Turkish coffee (£3.20) with a Turkish delight – served on a silver tray fit for royalty. It was strong with a good kick. Other coffees on offer include Flat White (£2.70), Vanilla Latte (£3.20) and Chai Latte (£3.10).
“Customers love the quality of our tea and coffee,” says Emre. “Our tea supplier is a German company, Eilles Tea, with 17 different types including some organic. Our coffee is Delta from Portugal, one of the best coffee brands that I have ever tried in the business.”
For the savoury-minded, there are also some enticing options on the menu. Lulu and her daughter, Poppy, enjoyed the Lentil Soup (£4.90) served with toasted French bread; wholesome and hearty. Meanwhile, a lady on the table beside us was tucking into the Tricolore Salad (avocado, mozzarella, tomato and dressing on rocket) (£5.00).
I was really impressed with Cakewalk. The cakes were superb, the service was warm and welcoming, and the venue is light and airy.
After our afternoon tea, we wandered down one of the river roads to the towpath near Canbury Gardens for a relaxing river walk. If you fancy a stroll in Richmond Park, that is just a few minutes away, or you can also be in Kingston town centre in a short time.
There is free one-hour parking in nearby roads, and free WiFi in the café.
• Louise Johncox’s parents, Peter and Frankie, ran Peter’s tea shop in Weybridge from 1958 until 2000 when they retired. Louise has written a book about her parents’ tea shop, The Baker’s Daughter, out now (see louisejohncox.com/index.htm)