After many, many years of searching, I’ve finally found somewhere that serves bienenstich.
That’s beesting cake, a german sponge with cream or custard and honeyed almonds.
I grew up in Chester in the 70s and 80s. The true star of the city, for me, was not its Roman walls, famous racecourse or the Rows, but its Weinholts bakery, owned by a family of German heritage. Their bienenstich had the softest brioche and a filling of vanilla custard AND cream. It comforted me through my teenage years and I’ve been looking for it ever since leaving home.
Well now I’ve found it. At the new Beyond Retro in Dalston, of all places.
The cavernous shop has a cafe that manages to be cosy despite its industrial setting, with friendly helpful staff who are very good at persuading you to have cake, especially when you’re staring at it as if it’s a long lost love. Coffee’s good too, but I don’t like the fact they only have disposable cups. Hmmm. There are cutesy kitschy cups dotted around filled with sugar and twizzle sticks, so how about putting coffee in them?
Beyond Retro Café
92 -100 Stoke Newington Road
London , N16 7XB
Mon-Wed 10:00 - 19:00
Thurs 10:00 - 20:00
Fri-Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Sun 11:30 - 18:00