There’s a new gluten free patisserie in town. I say new – Manna Dew has been around for about a year and a half, but tucked away in less touristy South London, it is a bit lower on the radar than gluten free favourites like Beyond Bread and Artisan Gluten Free Bakery.
I first visited when the team invited me to come and sample their menu (#livingthedream), and have since been back several treat-filled times. I wanted to share it with those gluten free folk who may not have discovered it yet.
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The food at Manna Dew is 100% gluten free, and also free of refined sugars. Originally developed by an ex-Laduree chef, the menu is full of Mediterranean-influenced delicacies. One of my readers likened it to Helmut Newcake in Paris. Though the desserts seem to be their main selling point, I’ve actually been most impressed by Manna Dew’s gluten free bread. Their focaccia is some of the best bread I’ve had, full stop. I can’t begin to tell you what joy it brings me as a lifelong coeliac to eat decent, freshly-baked bread. They sell ready made focaccia sandwiches, and plain focaccia, baguettes and other breads to take away.
The question isn’t whether to come try our new sandwiches or not, it’s which one to try!! Super scrumptious and new in store! #yummy #freefrom #glutenfree #glutenfreelife A photo posted by Manna Dew Cafe (@mannadew.london) on
Though their bread is my favourite, their beautifully styled cakes and desserts are also a treat. Cheesecake, red velvet cake, carrot cake, french macarons, scones, mmmm. Lovely rich hot chocolate made from actual chocolate flakes. A special shoutout to their delightful raspberry and passion fruit tart.
Our staff’s #TOPCHOICE #NO1 #rasberry #passionfruit #tart Fantastic 100% passion fruit custard and real raspberry on top! #YUM A photo posted by Manna Dew Cafe (@mannadew.london) on
They have just started offering a gluten free afternoon tea for a bargainous £14 per person (currently £11.20 with 20% introductory discount – get on it!). I admit I was skeptical about how good refined sugar-free AND gluten free desserts could taste, but I think Manna Dew have done really well – some things work better than others, but overall the quality is good. I am not fussed about cutting out refined sugar myself (lol have you seen my Instagram), but I know there will be people for whom this is a selling point.
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The man behind the patisserie, Mohamed, is gluten intolerant himself, and is clearly passionate about bringing quality and safe eating to coeliacs and gluten free dieters. From talking to him, it is evident how much effort has gone into sourcing absolutely non-cross-contaminated gluten free ingredients (harder than you might think, apparently), and trying to produce something new and different.
Pleasantly surprising. The patisserie/cafe is a clean, warm and friendly little haven. Nice staff, clean and bright, a good place to meet a friend or while away some time with a book. On my last visit, they had a gluten free blogger working behind the counter, which added to my enjoyment – it was great to chat with a like-minded coeliac.
Lovely as Manna Dew is, the location is slightly unfortunate. Battersea High Street is on the scuzzier side of Clapham Junction station, a ‘high street’ featuring a William Hill and a pub, and not a lot else. It’s not the prettiest. However, it is only a 10-15 minute walk from Clapham Junction station, which is very easy and quick to get to on the train from Central London. It’s also about a 15 minute walk from Battersea Park, which is one of my favourite places in London (perfect for picnics and leisurely cycling on a Boris bike), and not far from the posher shops of Northcote Road. My hope is that Manna Dew continue to do well and eventually expand to somewhere with more footfall. For now though, it’s a lovely hidden gem.
Some of the treats I’ve sampled – clockwise from top left: Passion fruit millefeuille, carrot cake, mini cheesecake, red velvet cake.
Would I recommend it?
If you are happy to veer off the beaten track in the name of gluten free treats, then yes, I would. The afternoon tea looks like a great cost-effective way to try a mix of their products – I always struggle with wanting to try everything! I’ve been really impressed with the team’s enthusiasm for gluten free innovation and wish them all the best.
If you would like to visit Manna Dew:
Address: 169 Battersea High Street,
Please note: The cafe is a small independent; if you have your eye on a particular product or want to make sure you can get a table, I would recommend phoning ahead.
Disclaimer: I sampled some food at Manna Dew free of charge. I have paid for the rest myself. I have not been paid to write this post, all opinions and enthusiasm my own. All Instagram linked images courtesy of Manna Dew, all other images copyright to Gluten Free in London. (Read more about my policies on this stuff here.)