As you step into the Upsy Daisy Bakery - a cheery-blue café on King Street in Hammersmith – you could be forgiven for thinking you've stepped back in time. Jolly 50s music fills your ears almost as quickly as the sweet smell of freshly baked cakes fills your nose, and the simple touches - such as a huge welsh-dresser, wood-panelled floors and free standing lamps - makes you feel immediately at home.
The menu is varied and not too overly-priced, so whether you're popping in for a quick breakfast, a long lunch, a cuppa tea and cake, or even a cheeky glass of wine, there's sure to be something that takes your fancy. The bakery's website promises the 'honest goodness of simple food made from quality ingredients and traditional cooking methods'. Examples of such food are a classic fish finger sandwich at £4.95, which is always a favourite, or for the more health-conscious, a simple but tasty beetroot and feta salad for £5.95. A specials board provides some extra daily choices and there's also a tempting selection of freshly baked produce on the counter. If you're lucky there might even be a fresh batch of award-winning mojito cupcakes on sale. The zingy lime and mint treats are gorgeous, but you have to be quick as, rumour has it, they sell out fast.
Once you've chosen at the counter, you can grab a newspaper, take a seat and your order will be brought to you. There are a couple of tables up the front, if you fancy people watching out of the big bunting-strewn window, or if it's sunny you can even sit out on the pavement and soak up the atmosphere of King Street. The majority of tables are to the back, where a bookcase filled with books, games and an old-fashioned radio, sits against the cornflower blue floral wallpaper. A large gold-edged oval mirror, and a few plants on the window ledge complete the homely theme, and an added touch is that the crockery is all matching blue and white English Burleigh china. A couple of skylights ensure that the room is always bright and airy, so you can easily while away a leisurely hour on a Saturday afternoon sipping tea and reading the paper. When you do leave, you'll notice that the huge welsh dresser at the front is adorned with tempting homemade treats to takeaway, so you might come away with a jar or two of chutney.
The cutely-named bakery is at 387 King Street, so it's up near Chiswick and Ravenscourt Park rather than right in the centre of Hammersmith. It's also worth mentioning that you can pre-order large quantities of cupcakes or big cakes for parties etc. The website has more information on this. For regular news and updates, you can also follow @upsydaisybakery on Twitter.