The cakes are scattered around the room, kept safely under their little glass dome, much alike the rose in Beauty & the Beast (I can’t help it that is what those things make me think about all the time). Much akin to the random spread of cakes, the furniture itself is an ode to the Brownian motion – which is really what the theatre is behind the curtains.
Greenwich is completely underrated – I mean there’s a reason why of all places in London, Thor decided to wreck Greenwich University Campus. The area is stunning, especially in the summer, and more Londoners should loiter around. Peyton and Byrne is a great pit-stop.
As “ice-cream” rolled off the imaginary tongue of my mind, thoughts of warm halcyon days arose, equipped with the generic flavoured frozen water we call gelato. Few understand the full potential that ice-cream can have within gastronomy, with notable names such as Heston Blumenthal being one, but it seems Mantovani 1946 also understand that this can truly be an art.
With a name like Foxcroft & Ginger, anyone should expect a cafe teeming with spies, Inspector Gadgets and the sorts. As snugly hid as any cafe can be in Soho, there was certainly an atmosphere that made me think of documents exchange, of plotting and all the good stuff really. There were also pretty lights there.
Rushing down what seemed to be the Greenwich equivalent of Diagon Alley (more because of the shape of the street and the quirkiness surrounding it), we entered Red Door, or what could have arguably been at some point an opium den. Without the opium or the prostitutes, but the red lighting, the furniture, the busy buzz of it was all there.
A few days prior I was chatting to Anca about our potential, future marriages (we’re looking into the very distant future here) and debated whether large cakes can ever be all that tasty. We ended up to Cutter & Squidge more because bakeries have this often misleading way of entrancing you with nice looking cakes rather than any particular reviews or prior knowledge.
At the back of my head, it always seems futile to review branches of a chain. Whilst different management can bring different results, surely the point of a franchise is to maintain similar standards across its various locations.