Violet has had a stall on Broadway Market for along as I have known it and the stall invariably sells out every week. Luckily, that success has meant that Violet now has a permanent home just around the corner from the market on Wilton Way. (By the way, go to Broadway Market if you get the chance, it’s great!)
Wilton Way is itself an interesting place. The sort of non-high street that usually and unfortunately ends up with as a row of closed shops. Not here though. Wilton Way is now home to a thriving community thanks to The Wilton Way Cafe (go and try the fabulous avocado on sourdough toast with lemon and chilli), London Fields Radio, Borough Wines, Toppers of Hackney, the newly opened ‘neighbourhood dining room’ Mayfields (which has been getting rave reviews) and, of course, Violet itself.
But, I digress… Violet are rightly famous for their cupcakes but the new home has meant there is now time to sit, relax and watch the world go by as you have a coffee or tea and indulge in a piece of the wonderful fresh ginger and molasses cake. My favourite however has to be the gorgeous cinnamon buns. They really are a work of art. So much so, that they can now be found at SCP in Shoreditch.
The cafe is small – small enough to watch the bakers work – but there are seats out front, in the courtyard garden and, importantly, upstairs.