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Published September 30th 2014
Delicious, home-made pastries and cakes
Kilburn is probably one of the last places you'd expect to find a cake and bakery goods supplier to Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, but that's exactly where you'll find Hart & Lova Bakery and what's more, you can try some of their delicious pastries and cakes yourself.
The tantalising aroma of baking will greet you as you approach Hart & Lova's café on Belsize Road, where an array of quiches, cakes, pastries and breads to eat in or take out await your selection. For lunch we chose a piece each of spinach and salmon quiche and quiche Lorraine, both served with green salad, accompanied by a pot of green tea and a cappuccino. As we were hungry, we followed this with a home-made rice and custard tart and a clafoutis, a baked French dessert, with another cappuccino. Lunch for two cost us £20.20.
The food is served on bone China plates and the décor, comprising distressed, white, half-wall wood panelling, wooden floors, chandeliers and recycled wooden table tops, can best be described as French shabby chic. A window at the far end of the café throws light into the interior which, combined with the café's location off the busy High Road and their super friendly staff, makes Hart & Lova Bakery a very pleasant refuge, away from the hustle and bustle of Kilburn.
Owned by Andrea Hartlova, a second generation pastry chef from the Czech Republic, Hart & Lova supply a wide range of celebration cakes, traditional cakes and wheat/gluten/diary-free cakes, some of which can be sampled in the café.
Hart & Lova Bakery is a two-minute walk from Kilburn High Road overground station.