The top places to eat, drink, shop and explore in Chiswick…
Street Voice: Outsider Tart
After achieving great success with a small market cake stall, David Muniz, along with David Lesniak, brought his American heritage to quirky bakeshop Outsider Tart.
Chiswick farmers’ market was one of the first places we started trading. The area was familiar to us as we lived in Chiswick. Once we started looking for permanent premises, what was to become our shop had just become available. It was fate.
The biggest difference between an American and British bakeshop is the portion sizes. We offer large slabs of cake, brownies and muffins as a meal, or a snack for now, with a little left for later.
We set up our ‘Barkery’ to offer free treats to dogs that come into the shop with or without their owners. It started out because our dogs always had to be left outside when we were first experimenting and working in the kitchen. So we began making treats for them while we worked.
Our baked cheesecakes are our speciality in the shop. We were on ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery in 2013 and our Baked Turtle Cheesecake got the most attention – the judges, Peter Sidwell and Mich Turner, were highly complimentary.
We introduced the whoopie pie to Great Britain. It’s like a cake sandwich; two cake ‘buns’ with the filling in the middle. The story goes that leftover cake batter was dropped onto baking trays and cooked, so a quick snack could be had while the big cake was baking and cooling.
83 Chiswick High Road
Describing their cuisine as ‘modern Brit-erranean’, the folks at Annie’s serve both comfort food and fresh Mediterranean flavours. On the drinks side of things, their signature cocktail is the Blush Royale – champagne with rose syrup and a crystallised rose petal. They also boast that their eggs benedict for brunch is big enough to keep an England rugby player happy – now there’s a challenge.
162 Thames Road
Built around 1700, this was the country home of the great English painter and engraver William Hogarth from 1749 until his death 15 years later. In the garden you’ll see the ancient mulberry tree from which the Hogarths are said to have made mulberry pies for the Foundling children who stayed with them. Prints of Hogarth’s best-known engravings are on display.
Arguably the finest example of neo-Palladian architecture in London, Chiswick House is a magnificent villa set in beautiful gardens. The house was built by the third Earl of Burlington in 1729 to showcase his art collection, including eight paintings by Pieter Andreas Rysbrack, which can still be seen today. The Gardens, restored in 2010, were the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement and provided the inspiration for such great gardens as Blenheim Palace and New York’s Central Park.
Hidden away amongst the busy roads of Chiswick is this thriving nature reserve, with birch and willow woodland, ponds, marshes and meadows. The ecological community began to develop in the late 19th century when the woodland was cut off from the surrounding area by railway tracks and was recently saved from development by a local campaign.
Griffin Brewery, owned by Fuller’s, is known for producing London Pride, the UK’s best-selling cask-conditioned ale. Join a tour to learn all about the history and heritage of London’s largest and oldest brewery, which dates back to 1845, before indulging in a tutored tasting of some of Fuller’s finest ales.
A one-stop interiors emporium, Decorexi offers a comprehensive range of home furnishings. From visions of the exotic – sets of vintage Ottoman travel trunks and ornate French decorative mirrors – to comforting homely touches, such as cushions emblazoned with the Union Jack and stately leather armchairs, there is something to cater
for everyone’s taste.
58 Chiswick High Road