This gem of a place was recommended to me by my friend Joan Podel, and to be honest I wasn’t that keen on reviewing it at first. Why? Simply because in my experience this type of deli often leave the food out in the open for everyone and their kids to poke and sneeze into, they don’t even try and cover the food. In short, they aren’t always the cleanest of places, so I tend to stay well clear!
Nothing could have been further from the truth when I visited Melbury & Appleton in Muswell Hill. From the moment you walk through the door you can’t help but be impressed by the huge range of food and drinks. Not to mention the freezer section, home baking ingredients and the cheese counter. But I wasn’t here to buy cheese or frozen burgers for tomorrows dinner, I was here to try the famous Melbury Cake and a Latte!
The service was very friendly (but I did have to come clean about why I was taking photos). So after a long chat with the owner and breaking my RMB code by telling her why I wanted to take the photos, I settled down to try some of the Melbury Cake and a Latte. There is nice cake and then there is Melbury Cake, a fresh moist chocolate cake with vanilla cream icing. Apparently this is the one that everyone who works for Melbury & Appleton requests for their birthday.
Everything was properly covered and there were even signs asking people not to touch the produce, but instead to ask for assistance. There seems to be a trend in other establishments to go the other way and leave food uncovered which frustrates me to distraction. I’m glad the good people of Melbury & Appleton choose to keep their food covered over or wrapped up. On a final note, the seating area does get a little chilly, so take a jumper 😉
Melbury & Appleton, 271 Muswell Hill Broadway, London, N10 1DERating: