The first thing to draw your eye in this patisserie is the trays of intricately constructed cakes and slices, for which Black Star is famed. So much so that it’s easy to forget they bake bread as well. That said, their stock of baguettes depletes at a rate of knots each and every day, so you could hazard to guess that they’re good.
The counter offerings are teeming with flavours and colours and your appetite will be torn in a dozen different directions. The orange cake with Persian fig and poached quince is almost too pretty to eat, while the strawberry watermelon cake simply sounds too curious not to try. Black Star macarons come in consistently unusual flavours such as rose and violet or earl grey, but their popularity means you should pounce when they’re available.
The coffee comes courtesy of The Little Marionette and makes a nice complement to any of the sweet little somethings that you happen to choose. On the savoury side, there are some fantastic sandwiches and the lamb shank and red wine pies live up to the hype; the large number of patrons who have them for breakfast rather than lunch suggests as much.