Brockley is an area in Lewisham defined by its ‘keep it local’ mentality and its strong sense of community. As a result, there are plenty of small and brilliant local businesses, both new and old, that are supported ardently by the local residents. One of the newest businesses to jump onto the Brockley scene and bring a new flavour to the area is Noak Bakehouse & Brew, a completely independent bakery and local hangout occupying the space where the Broca foods market used to be, just opposite Brockley train station.
The Bakehouse is large, spacious, and ideally located. It gives commuters who brave the daily morning rush the opportunity to stock up on scrumptious pastries or croissants fresh out of their wood-fired oven, making the hurried scramble into work slightly more bearable. It is also equally beneficial to mums, families or friends who are looking for a lunch spot or an evening meal out, as its menu stretches round the clock delivering a variety of meals catering for all times.
We decided to visit Noak on a mid-December Thursday afternoon, expecting it to be relatively quiet. As the winter began to draw in it was comforting, to say the least, to step foot inside and feel the natural warmth of their giant wood-fired oven, which looked rather formidable, resting in front of an open and viewable kitchen. Chefs and employees strutted about, getting on with their work, and the vibe created was casual yet professional. The place was fairly busy, with mums and their kids occupying tables, and groups of friends and others all settling in for the Noak experience.
After some brief menu pondering, we order our food and decide on pizza, which, after seeing the oven in action and witnessing the chef artistically design the toppings of an order, was not a hard decision. On being greeted at the till, i’m advised to try their latest blend of coffee, which was blended in such a way (forgive my sketchiness, not a pro barista!) that is meant to give off a sweeter flavour, whilst giving you more of a boost with little or no more caffeine…Confused yet intrigued, I take him up on the offer...We order two of the Salted bacon, pumpkin puree, kale, and parmesan pizzas, and make our way to our table with eagerness and sudden rumbling tummies.
Waiting no longer than 10 minutes for our food, the pizzas were delivered on wooden plaques and looked colourful and irresistible. After a few bites I decided that pumpkin on a pizza is definitely a funky and tasty addition, and goes surprisingly well with cheese…Anyway it was delicious and fresh and the pancetta-style bacon was exquisite. The coffee was equally tasty and fresh, delivering well on its proposed sweetness and subtly, and having it served to me in a small glass vase as opposed to a mug also added plus points…
After coming out of a brief but welcomed food-coma, we thank Emma, the owner, for the hospitality and the fabulous food, ensuring we will be returning to the Noak try out something else off their eclectic menu. Noak Bakehouse is definitely a great new addition to the area, and offers a range of food that most Bakery’s simply would not. In fact, even calling it a bakery is a bit limiting. Making far more use out of a simple wood-fired oven than I could ever imagine, they have created a restaurant-like menu with one classic, simple, yet effective cooking technique, and are getting the support they deserve for their efforts!
Noak Bakehouse offer a 15% discount off food to Lewisham Card members.
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