Nordic Bakery

Price guide: Budget

37b New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 8JR

Price guide: Budget

Rye flour and berry muffins

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#43 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
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Ambience:
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Service:
4
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Location:
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Value for money:
4.5
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Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Singles, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, No fuss, People watching, Trendiness

Expert review of Nordic Bakery

Need a break? Chill out with a hot coffee at this sanctuary of Finnish and Scandinavian cool.

The trend for antipodean-style coffee bars in London doesn’t excite me nearly as much as the trend for Scandinavian ones. I love the fun, friendliness and open sandwich platters at www.scandinaviankitchen.co.uk, and whenever I’m craving cinnamon buns or a karelian pie with egg butter (believe me, it happens) I head to Nordic Bakery. This new Marylebone branch is a great alternative to the original in Golden Square when you’re north of Oxford Street.

Food and drink: 

No question this place has the best rye breads in London. Now they’re also baking sweet muffins with rye flour, in flavours such as blueberry and lingonberry, and topping them with cream cheese frosting. The herring and salmon sandwiches are made to a fantastically high standard but those karelian pies (little rye crusts filled with rice or potato and smothered with buttery hard-boiled egg spread) are hard to pass up. The coffees (Dibar’s their blend of choice) are well-crafted and made specially to fit the Teema cups and Aino Aalto glasses chosen by the design-conscious owner.

Ambience: 

Very cool, very chilled, but relaxing rather than pretentious. I adore the décor. Like an episode of Wallander, it’s a contemplative mix of darkness and light. They’re rightly proud of their attention to detail yet the clean, simple lines feel almost minimalist. If only I could persuade them to decorate my flat…

Service: 

Sweet and friendly, and always clad in cute denim aprons.

Location: 

Worth the short walk from Marylebone High Street.

Price advice: 

You probably wouldn’t eat more than a karelian pie (just £1.60) and a cinnamon bun (£2.20), but venture into the sandwiches and you can expect to pay £3.25-£4 each. Lattes at £2.10-£2.40 are on par with other first-class coffee bars in the capital.

Other useful branches: 

The Golden Square original, in Soho’s most genteel quarter, is mere seconds from Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus – see website below for details.

More information on Nordic Bakery:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Coffee shop, Takeaway
Food:
Scandinavian
Address:
37b New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 8JR
Telephone:
020 7935 3590
Website:
http://www.nordicbakery.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm; Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 11am-6pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

Have you been to Nordic Bakery? Would you recommended it?