Review: Frankonia the Bread House
Who loves artisan bread, cakes and biscuits? Erm, don't we all? Then try this lot - available for home delivery - from upmarket bakery Frankonia.
While there have been plenty of downsides to the Covid-19 restrictions, there have also been some unexpected positives. And one I’m certainly chalking up as a silver lining comes from upmarket wholesale bakery Frankonia the Bread House.
These artisan breads and baked goodies are usually only the privilege of visitors to London establishments like the House of Lords, the House of Commons, The Ritz and the London Hilton Park Lane. But their closure has forced the Surbiton-based bakery to rethink the business model – and it’s our gain because Frankonia is now offering a home-delivery service.
Keen to get a slice of the action – and more than willing to sample the sourdoughs, croissants, muffins and cakes – I put my order in. It was my son’s 16th birthday so we treated ourselves to the works.
The goodies arrived on two sturdy cardboard trays, with the cakes and muffins well packaged in cellophane wrap. And thoughtfully included in the bundle was a number 16 birthday candle – which was a really lovely touch.
But did they pass the taste test? Do you really need to ask? They’re gorgeous – and not even so much as a crumb was left behind.
The large chocolate cake – or was it a muffin? – was deliciously soft, perfectly chocolately and delicately sweet. The smaller chocolate versions where just as good. I also really loved the apple crumble muffin – a combo of apple and cinnamon which is always a winning combination in my book.
The breads, too, were lovely. Not too heavy. But just heavy enough. And unlike the mass-produced loaves that come from the supermarket, there was no stodgy solid-carb feeling after eating it.
In some ways Frankonia has gone back to its roots. It was originally set up by the founder, Birgit Gunz, as a small bakery and shop in Wimbledon, but relocated to Surbiton a few years later when business from the capital’s top establishments started to flood in.
There’s a minim order of £17.50, including delivery, with free delivery on all orders over £30. The sourdough loaves start at £3 each, muffins are around £1.90, small loaf cakes are around £4.50. There’s also the option to buy a box – choose from artisan, traditional, continental breakfast and medley boxes which cost between £22 and £27.