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Comptoir Gascon @ Smithfield – My Favorite Place for Cakes

800年の歴史を持つ、イギリス最大の食肉卸売市場のSmithfield Marketスミスフィールド・マーケット)の北側、Charter Street(チャーター・ストリート)にあるComptoir Gascon(コントワール・ガスコン)は、同じエリアにあるミシュラン一つ星フレンチ・Club Gascon(クラブ・ガスコン)やスローン・スクエアのLe Cercle(ル・セルクル)系列のフレンチ・ビストロ&デリ。他2店よりカジュアルでリーズナブル、また店内にはケーキやパン、チーズ、フォアグラ、テリーヌ、ドライソーセージ、ジャムなどを売るフード・ホールや、ワインセラーも備えており、食事じゃなくても気軽に入れる。フランス南西部の料理と食品専門のこのお店、紫のベルベットチェアやインテリアがM好みでないので、食事したことはないけれど、巷の人気は高い(レビュー)。私にとっては、ここはロンドンでは珍しく、上品で繊細な日本人好みのケーキが入る貴重な場所。前を通るとついドアを開けてしまう。大きさも適度で、甘さも絶妙。値段も意外と安い。でも美味しすぎて危険なので、あまり足を向けないようにしている。ここのパンも同じく美味。

Comptoir Gascon is a French bistro & delicatessen specialising in food & wine from the southwest France, located on Charter Street on the north of the Smithfield Market, which is UK’s largest wholesale meat market with 800 years of history. It is a part of the same family with Michelin-starred Club Gascon on the other side of Smithfield and Le Cercle near Sloane Square, but more casual and reasonable than other two. There is a wine cellar and food hall, selling cakes, pastries and breads, as well as French delicacies such as foie gras, terrines, cheese, dry cure meats, and jams. So you don’t have to eat in but can just browse around. We’ve never had a meal there, as M doesn’t like its interior including purple velvet chairs, but the reviews of this small bistro are generally good. But for me, Comptoir Gascon is one of the few places selling fine cakes in London as well as quality breads, and I end up going in the store every time I pass by. Perfect size and perfect taste, and it’s not expensive either – how can I resist it?! It is so delicious and too dangerous for diet, that I try not to walk in front of it…

チョコレートケーキ(上)とチーズケーキ(下 / £2.50)/ Chocolate cake (above) and cheese cake (below / £2.50)

Daylesford Organic Cafe @ Pimlico Road

Daylesford Organic Cafe @ Pimlico RoadDaylesford Organic Cafe @ Pimlico RoadChedder and Tomato Sandwich @Daylesford Organic Cafe

スローンスクエアを南下、エレガントなアンティーク・ストアやアート・ギャラリーの並ぶピムリコ・ロードにある、Daylesford Organic Cafe(デイルズフォード・オーガニック・カフェ)。デイルズフォード・オーガニックは、コッツウォルズ地方に農場と本店がある、オーガニック食料品店。コッツウォルズにある農園をはじめ、フランス・プロバンス地方にあるワイナリー等、自社所有の土地で生産・加工された製品を主に扱う。コッツウォルズにあるファームショップの他、ロンドンではセルフリッジズハーヴェイ・ニコルズに出店、ノッティング・ヒル(カフェ/ストア/レストラン)とピムリコ・ロード(カフェ/ストア)にも店舗を構える。ピムリコ・ロードのカフェの向かいにはガーデニング・フラワーショップもある。



Go down to the south from Sloane Square and turn on the left on Pimlico Road, you will find Daylesford Organic Cafe, after going through classy antique stores and art galleries. Daylesford Organic, based in Cotswolds,  is an organic grocery store specialising in everything organic from their farms, estate, creamery, bakery and their own kitchen. Other than the Farmshop in Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, there are stores in Notting Hill (store/cafe/restaurant) and Pimlico Road (store/cafe), as well as Selfridges and Harvey Nichols in London. They also have the garden and flower shop across the cafe on Pimlico Road.

Outside in the cafe area, ladies in expensive outfits, an elegant old couple, and a gentleman in nice tailored suits were enjoying a charcuterie platter with a glass of wine, or a cup of tea with cakes – it is completely different kinds of people from ones hanging around some bars in Hoxton. The three-floored extensive store, decorated in white and light beige, was filled with fresh organic meats, vegetables and fruits, and organic products directly from their farms. A variety of dazzling salads, pastries and cakes was there to lure a shopper at the entrance. But you have to pay for these goodies and the price was high –  modest Cheddar cheese, tomato and chutney sandwich cost £7.95 and two-bites size tiny pastry with fig was £2.50. However, the cost worth it.

The products sold in the stores are normally costing the earth, so we just bought eggs and milk pouches. The milk in a biodegradable bags are elegant, ecological, and well designed. Impressive and mesmerizing store with beautiful foods – but unfortunately the grocery is only for privileged few.

Daylesford Organic Milk in Biodegradable package

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