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14 Autumnal Specials to Try in London

With Halloween having come and gone, it’s Thanksgiving and pumpkin spice season

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Pumpkin pie from American pastry specialist Outsider Tart.
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It’s officially pumpkin season in London, and Halloween — and Thanksgiving — give the city’s restaurants and bakeries license to go beyond its more pedestrian preparations.

Spooky specials may have come and gone after 31 October, but bakeries — both bricks-and-mortar and independent micro bakeries — are still letting imaginations run wild. Using activated charcoal to make a canvas as black as night, or adding seasonal squashes to sourdough to give an appropriately orange hue, the bases are just half the story, with red and purple jams, compotes, and syrups coming into play. And given the fact that America naturally takes things more seriously than the U.K. come Thanksgiving — the holiday with origins in an uneasy, temporary alliance between 17th-century English settlers and members of the Wampanoag Confederacy —there’s a raft of pumpkin pies and other seasonal desserts taking centre stage, too.

So whether stuffed doughnuts, creative sandwiches, seasonal babkas or taking on the task of making a pumpkin spiced latte taste good, here are all the specials to try in London.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fallow Restaurant

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2, St. James's
London SW1Y 4RP, UK

Acclaimed Heddon Street restaurant Fallow is relocating to St James’s Market in November, with that Halloween staple pumpkin set to feature throughout the menu. Expect to see Fallow’s no-waste approach to whole animal butchery extended to gourds, as well as a creative amount of cross-utilization. There will be autumn crown prince squash grown on Fallow’s smallholding near Esher served confit in thyme and honey butter, together with a pumpkin and long pepper puree dressed with thyme and sansho pepper oil. Then for dessert, head chef Will Murray’s love of retro desserts will see pumpkin transformed into a torched pumpkin baked Alaska to share. Set to open on 12 November, these exciting pumpkin dishes will be available in time for U.S. Thanksgiving.

2. Painted Dog Bakehouse

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71 Shelton St
London WC2H 9JQ, UK

Painted Dog Bakehouse is a micro-bakery specialising in babka and the baked goods that reflect founder Talia Berk’s Jewish-South African heritage. Berk’s babka is visually distinctive from other babkas around, with anintricately layered, more tightly twisted structure resulting in an intense ratio of demi-brioche to homemade filling. For Halloween, there was a ghoulish black and white black sesame babka, and a pumpkin spice babka exclusive to Selfridges, which will be stay around until after Thanksgiving. As a November special, Painted Dog Bakehouse has created a sticky toffee babka made with a date and brown sugar filling, as well as more chopped dates and an injection of salted caramel. Babkas are baked to order each week for postal delivery all throughout the UK.

3. Aries Bakehouse

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99 Acre Ln, Brixton Hill
London SW2 5TU, UK

Aries Bakehouse on Brixton’s Acre Lane is a community-based bakery founded by Jackie Mckinnon, born to parents of Jamaican heritage and raised in Brixton. It specialises in an ever-changing array of freshly baked viennoiserie, sourdough and artisanal breads, filled baguettes, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, exceptional vegan pastries, and provisions sourced from other local businesses. There is almost always a queue outside Aries, and each day the bakery opens stacked from floor-to-ceiling with hundreds of loaves and pastries only to sell out without fail. A dazzling array of weekend specials for Halloween has been and gone, but sticking around are vibrant orange pumpkin spiced croissants filled with roasted crown prince pumpkin cream, and a pumpkin spice Basque cheesecake.

4. Outsider Tart

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83 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick
London W4 2EF, UK

Outsider Tart is an American restaurant and bakery specialising in quintessential stateside cakes, bakes, pies and tarts. The food pays homage to American excess in the most glorious way, with its staggeringly broad menu offering hearty, home-cooked dishes with tongue-in-cheek names in enormous portions, with zero pretensions or awareness of culinary trends. The eccentric duo of New York expats behind Outsider Tart, David Lesniak and David Muniz, are the very definition of “feeders,” showing their love through food, and each year, they celebrate Thanksgiving at the restaurant with ticketed dinners served family-style. This year’s Thanksgiving feast features no less than 22 dishes, including stuffed grapes and homemade “Cheez-Its,”; roast turkey with cranberry cornbread stuffing; pumpkin mac n cheese; and “my sister’s brussels sprouts with sherry maple vinaigrette and walnuts.” For dessert, there is pie — lots of it. Apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies are served in unlimited quantities at the big event and can be ordered to takeaway too. Throughout the Halloween and Thanksgiving periods, diners can also expect pumpkin pie, pumpkin swirl cheesecake brownies, pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream cheese frosting, and pumpkin cheesecake on the counter. Sometimes Americans just do it best.

5. Corner Store

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31 Peckham Rd
London SE5 8UH, UK

Corner Store on Peckham Road is best known for chewy New York style bagels made in-house daily, and its speciality item: crullers. These deep-fried choux pastry doughnuts with crisp ridged exteriors, lacquered glazes and creamy, custard-like centres are a staple of coffee and doughnut shops across U.S. and Canada, but are still rare in the UK. Corner Store’s version is fast developing a cult following and distinct Instagram presence. The cereal milk glazed cruller encrusted with cornflakes channels early Christina Tosi vibes, while the classic cinnamon sugar is pure nostalgia come Thanksgiving.

6. Bake Street

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58 Evering Rd, Lower Clapton
London N16 7SR, UK

Feroz Gajia’s outstanding brunch café and bakery Bake Street in Lower Clapton has a reputation for spectacular themed menus, covetable specials, nostalgic American bakes and exceptionally good ice cream. It therefore comes as no surprise that Halloween and Thanksgiving will see baker Chloe-Rose Crabtree exercise her genius in coming up with an array of seasonal specials. There are rumours of pumpkin ice cream and molasses crinkle cookie ice cream sandwiches, alongside American classics like snickerdoodles and an ambitious pumpkin caramel tart in which excess pumpkin juices are used to form a caramel in the way that excess whey can be repurposed in cheese-making. Crabtree has also shared sneak previews of vegan pumpkin spice buns, ornately decorated skull sugar cookies, and fiery vegan pumpkin empañadas.

7. Blame Butter

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Notting Hill
London, UK

Blame Butter is a micro-bakery in Notting Hill, run by Chicago born-and-raised pastry chef Asa Balanoff Naiditch. Her pies celebrate the glorious excess of American desserts, joyfully extravagant but not excessively sweet. The menu for Halloween and Thanksgiving is truly American in its grandeur: there will be no less than nine speciality pies for the big celebration. Brown butter pumpkin pie topped with giant homemade pumpkin spiced marshmallows is the kind of pumpkin pie that is destined to go viral. Meanwhile, there is a Dutch caramel apple pie topped with brown sugar crumble, and a classic latticed apple pie for those who are all about maximising that ultra flaky crust. Pies are available whole or by the slice for collection only, with the exact location of what’s fondly referred to as Notting Hill’s “pie hole” revealed upon ordering.

8. Dark Arts Coffee

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1- 5 Rosina St
London E9 6JH, UK

Dark Arts Coffee’s devil-may-care approach to all things coffee, marketing, and Starbucks is particularly suited to the day of the year when the devil cares the most, but the popular Homerton roaster’s edition of a pumpkin spiced latte is here for the rest of autumn. For Halloween, Dark Arts has come up with a tongue-in-cheek “World Peace Day Pumpkin Spice Latte”: if way back in the 16th century, coffee was known as ‘the devil’s drink’, then surely the 21st century equivalent coffee related sin is ordering a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Dark Arts has a strong sense of humour, but also takes its coffee seriously and this PSL is no exception. Head barista Sarah Moore has developed a recipe that begins with a pumpkin spice syrup, made in house by combining pumpkin puree, warm spices, vegan condensed milk and Demerara sugar for sweetness, depth and intensity. For a large 12oz cup, Dark Arts add a double shot of espresso to 50ml of pumpkin spice syrup and textured oat milk, which is then topped with house-made vegan whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice mix. On the menu now until Christmas — another religious holiday that will no doubt be marked with a sacrilegious festive beverage.

9. Quo Vadis

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26-29 Dean St
London W1D 3LL, UK

Soho institution Quo Vadis serves seasonal, regional British fare all year round, and in autumn, chef Jeremy Lee’s generous, hearty mode of cooking comes into its own. Consider a glorious venison and beef pie, with chicken, guinea fowl, goose and turkey set to return for the festive period. Meanwhile, autumnal fruits feature prominently in both savoury and sweet dishes. A pear, comté, bitter leaf, celery, quince and hazelnut salad is compelling in its interplay of sharp and crisp versus smooth and buttery flavours and textures, while for dessert, Lee has conjured up a lavish autumnal tumble of brown sugar meringue, poached pear, brown bread ice cream and custard. For those who seek constancy, QV’s almond tart is a reassuring presence, at present adorned with caramelised apples “and co” — a reference to Lee’s signature trinity of ice cream, double cream and custard. And as if that isn’t luxurious enough, Quo Vadis is celebrating the arrival of white truffles with a special four-course white truffle menu at £55 per head, plus the option to order white Alba truffles at cost price to shave over any dish on the menu.

10. Hugo Harrison @ Trude’s

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10 The Pavement
London SW4 0HY, UK

Baker, cook, food researcher at The Jamie Oliver Group Hugo Harrison has teamed up with Trude’s Grocery on Clapham Common to offer a pop-up pie shop on Sunday 21st November serving classic American pies using ingredients from the British Isles. There will be Monmouth Coffee, records from Detroit homage to Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie Detroit, and all proceeds will be going to local charity Ace of Clubs that provide food and support to homeless, vulnerable and otherwise marginalised people. The menu includes three wonderfully autumnal pies with impeccable provenance. There is a salted Bermondsey Honey pie, and on the savoury front, an apple, sage and Coolea cheese pie showcasing the Alpine-style cheese made in Cork, Ireland, for Neal’s Yard. Perhaps most spectacular of all is a sea buckthorn pie, celebrating the sherbet citrus-like sea berry foraged from the Kent coastline.

11. Polentina @ ApparelTASKER

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1 Bowood house, Empson St
London E3 3LT, UK

Polentina is a small, glass-enclosed canteen inside sustainable clothing manufacturer Apparel Tasker, in Bow. Founded by Sophia Massarella, it started as an informal lockdown takeaway based around polenta dishes. When partner Zack Sartor moved his sustainable clothing manufacturer into a warehouse in Bow, it was formalised as a canteen to provide manufacturing staff with delicious food that showed appreciation to this typically undervalued workforce, and building local community. This November, a monthly wine night features Austrian producer Claus Preising, with a food menu based on the cooking of Austrian wine taverns. The star dish is semmelknödel — bread dumplings formed from loaves of homemade bread made with Wildfarmed flour, dried out and soaked in Estate Dairy milk. Towards the end of November, expect fave e cicoria: a thick stew of puréed fava beans and sautéed wild chicory with generous amounts of olive oil that represents one of the most classic examples of Puglian cucina povera. There are also seasonal crostatas served with whipped ricotta and pine nuts daily, currently sporting lightly cooked persimmons.

12. Lighthaus

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11 Argall Ave
London E10 7QE, UK

This beautifully reimagined lighting factory takes on a particularly cosy quality in autumn as the sun streams in, hitting the blackboard menu in such a way as to seem to suggest what to order. The menu from former Rochelle Canteen and 40 Maltby Street chef Alex Vines is constantly evolving, with one weekend’s pumpkin fritters with Rollright cheese, cavolo nero and pickled girolles giving way to equally enticing buckwheat pancakes stuffed with delicata squash, rainbow chard and the same cheese. on this weekend’s menu. Vines’s time at 40 Maltby Street is most evident in two disciplines: frying, with the likes of partridge kiev or swede rarebit croquettes, and pastry. Treacle tart and Queen of Puddings have featured on recent menus, served unadorned in their most traditional form, while other desserts have received creative seasonal updates, like pumpkin custard tart; quince and almond trifle; and a sticky ginger loaf with apples cloaked in cider custard. One of the most exciting places to eat in London right now.

13. Burnt

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163 Askew Rd
London W12 9AU, UK

Burnt Provisions is a sun-dappled new café on Hammersmith’s Askew Road from husband-and-wife duo Finlay Logan and Honor Powley. Baked goods are a strong point, with a thin stretched, rapturously rippled and wrinkled Pump Street chocolate, hazelnut and miso cookie winning a devoted following just weeks after opening. However it is the autumn specials that make Burnt Provisions a priority to visit this. There is a moist and fudgy pumpkin miso loaf cake that glows orange with the vibrant flesh of Sussex-grown pumpkins, topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting that cuts through the sweet-salty intensity of the cake with its cool creamy tang. Or, consider a darkly sticky pecan-pumpkin pie that melds two American favourites into one, as well as a house-made pumpkin spice latte with espresso from Climpson and Sons. It’s rare that a coffee and brunch spot operates this slickly just two months into opening — especially as hospitality heads into the busiest time of year — so this is definitely a spot to enjoy now and keep a watch on for the future.

14. Brunswick East

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3D, STAMFORD WORKS, Gillett St
London N16 8JH, UK

Brunswick East is an Antidopean brunch spot and bakehouse founded by Australian sisters Shaunae and Natash, with a cafe in the heart of Dalston and a refreshingly inventive sourdough bakery within Hackney Downs studios. “The seasonal on toast” is a constantly evolving dish offered as a more sustainable and imaginative alternative to avocado on toast, which never features on the menu. This week’s special offers an umami eruption of wild mushrooms fried in cultured butter along with panch paron, an East Indian five spice blend; tarragon; and a poached Cacklebean egg. Equally enticing is a brazenly autumnal gnochetti dish, in which these thin ribbed tiny pasta shells made from semolina and water (not to be confused with potato-based gnocchi) are served with creamed spaghetti squash, toasted pumpkin seeds, roasted crown prince squash and crispy fried sage. And this week, pastry chef Chiara has come up with a pumpkin-pie inspired kouign amann, filled with a rich, cinnamon freckled pumpkin custard and topped with elegantly piped cream cheese frosting and candied pecans.

1. Fallow Restaurant

2, St. James's, London SW1Y 4RP, UK

Acclaimed Heddon Street restaurant Fallow is relocating to St James’s Market in November, with that Halloween staple pumpkin set to feature throughout the menu. Expect to see Fallow’s no-waste approach to whole animal butchery extended to gourds, as well as a creative amount of cross-utilization. There will be autumn crown prince squash grown on Fallow’s smallholding near Esher served confit in thyme and honey butter, together with a pumpkin and long pepper puree dressed with thyme and sansho pepper oil. Then for dessert, head chef Will Murray’s love of retro desserts will see pumpkin transformed into a torched pumpkin baked Alaska to share. Set to open on 12 November, these exciting pumpkin dishes will be available in time for U.S. Thanksgiving.

2, St. James's
London SW1Y 4RP, UK

2. Painted Dog Bakehouse

71 Shelton St, London WC2H 9JQ, UK

Painted Dog Bakehouse is a micro-bakery specialising in babka and the baked goods that reflect founder Talia Berk’s Jewish-South African heritage. Berk’s babka is visually distinctive from other babkas around, with anintricately layered, more tightly twisted structure resulting in an intense ratio of demi-brioche to homemade filling. For Halloween, there was a ghoulish black and white black sesame babka, and a pumpkin spice babka exclusive to Selfridges, which will be stay around until after Thanksgiving. As a November special, Painted Dog Bakehouse has created a sticky toffee babka made with a date and brown sugar filling, as well as more chopped dates and an injection of salted caramel. Babkas are baked to order each week for postal delivery all throughout the UK.

71 Shelton St
London WC2H 9JQ, UK

3. Aries Bakehouse

99 Acre Ln, Brixton Hill, London SW2 5TU, UK

Aries Bakehouse on Brixton’s Acre Lane is a community-based bakery founded by Jackie Mckinnon, born to parents of Jamaican heritage and raised in Brixton. It specialises in an ever-changing array of freshly baked viennoiserie, sourdough and artisanal breads, filled baguettes, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, exceptional vegan pastries, and provisions sourced from other local businesses. There is almost always a queue outside Aries, and each day the bakery opens stacked from floor-to-ceiling with hundreds of loaves and pastries only to sell out without fail. A dazzling array of weekend specials for Halloween has been and gone, but sticking around are vibrant orange pumpkin spiced croissants filled with roasted crown prince pumpkin cream, and a pumpkin spice Basque cheesecake.

99 Acre Ln, Brixton Hill
London SW2 5TU, UK

4. Outsider Tart

83 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, London W4 2EF, UK

Outsider Tart is an American restaurant and bakery specialising in quintessential stateside cakes, bakes, pies and tarts. The food pays homage to American excess in the most glorious way, with its staggeringly broad menu offering hearty, home-cooked dishes with tongue-in-cheek names in enormous portions, with zero pretensions or awareness of culinary trends. The eccentric duo of New York expats behind Outsider Tart, David Lesniak and David Muniz, are the very definition of “feeders,” showing their love through food, and each year, they celebrate Thanksgiving at the restaurant with ticketed dinners served family-style. This year’s Thanksgiving feast features no less than 22 dishes, including stuffed grapes and homemade “Cheez-Its,”; roast turkey with cranberry cornbread stuffing; pumpkin mac n cheese; and “my sister’s brussels sprouts with sherry maple vinaigrette and walnuts.” For dessert, there is pie — lots of it. Apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies are served in unlimited quantities at the big event and can be ordered to takeaway too. Throughout the Halloween and Thanksgiving periods, diners can also expect pumpkin pie, pumpkin swirl cheesecake brownies, pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream cheese frosting, and pumpkin cheesecake on the counter. Sometimes Americans just do it best.

83 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick
London W4 2EF, UK

5. Corner Store

31 Peckham Rd, London SE5 8UH, UK

Corner Store on Peckham Road is best known for chewy New York style bagels made in-house daily, and its speciality item: crullers. These deep-fried choux pastry doughnuts with crisp ridged exteriors, lacquered glazes and creamy, custard-like centres are a staple of coffee and doughnut shops across U.S. and Canada, but are still rare in the UK. Corner Store’s version is fast developing a cult following and distinct Instagram presence. The cereal milk glazed cruller encrusted with cornflakes channels early Christina Tosi vibes, while the classic cinnamon sugar is pure nostalgia come Thanksgiving.

31 Peckham Rd
London SE5 8UH, UK

6. Bake Street

58 Evering Rd, Lower Clapton, London N16 7SR, UK

Feroz Gajia’s outstanding brunch café and bakery Bake Street in Lower Clapton has a reputation for spectacular themed menus, covetable specials, nostalgic American bakes and exceptionally good ice cream. It therefore comes as no surprise that Halloween and Thanksgiving will see baker Chloe-Rose Crabtree exercise her genius in coming up with an array of seasonal specials. There are rumours of pumpkin ice cream and molasses crinkle cookie ice cream sandwiches, alongside American classics like snickerdoodles and an ambitious pumpkin caramel tart in which excess pumpkin juices are used to form a caramel in the way that excess whey can be repurposed in cheese-making. Crabtree has also shared sneak previews of vegan pumpkin spice buns, ornately decorated skull sugar cookies, and fiery vegan pumpkin empañadas.

58 Evering Rd, Lower Clapton
London N16 7SR, UK

7. Blame Butter

Notting Hill, London, UK

Blame Butter is a micro-bakery in Notting Hill, run by Chicago born-and-raised pastry chef Asa Balanoff Naiditch. Her pies celebrate the glorious excess of American desserts, joyfully extravagant but not excessively sweet. The menu for Halloween and Thanksgiving is truly American in its grandeur: there will be no less than nine speciality pies for the big celebration. Brown butter pumpkin pie topped with giant homemade pumpkin spiced marshmallows is the kind of pumpkin pie that is destined to go viral. Meanwhile, there is a Dutch caramel apple pie topped with brown sugar crumble, and a classic latticed apple pie for those who are all about maximising that ultra flaky crust. Pies are available whole or by the slice for collection only, with the exact location of what’s fondly referred to as Notting Hill’s “pie hole” revealed upon ordering.

Notting Hill
London, UK

8. Dark Arts Coffee

1- 5 Rosina St, London E9 6JH, UK

Dark Arts Coffee’s devil-may-care approach to all things coffee, marketing, and Starbucks is particularly suited to the day of the year when the devil cares the most, but the popular Homerton roaster’s edition of a pumpkin spiced latte is here for the rest of autumn. For Halloween, Dark Arts has come up with a tongue-in-cheek “World Peace Day Pumpkin Spice Latte”: if way back in the 16th century, coffee was known as ‘the devil’s drink’, then surely the 21st century equivalent coffee related sin is ordering a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Dark Arts has a strong sense of humour, but also takes its coffee seriously and this PSL is no exception. Head barista Sarah Moore has developed a recipe that begins with a pumpkin spice syrup, made in house by combining pumpkin puree, warm spices, vegan condensed milk and Demerara sugar for sweetness, depth and intensity. For a large 12oz cup, Dark Arts add a double shot of espresso to 50ml of pumpkin spice syrup and textured oat milk, which is then topped with house-made vegan whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice mix. On the menu now until Christmas — another religious holiday that will no doubt be marked with a sacrilegious festive beverage.

1- 5 Rosina St
London E9 6JH, UK

9. Quo Vadis

26-29 Dean St, London W1D 3LL, UK

Soho institution Quo Vadis serves seasonal, regional British fare all year round, and in autumn, chef Jeremy Lee’s generous, hearty mode of cooking comes into its own. Consider a glorious venison and beef pie, with chicken, guinea fowl, goose and turkey set to return for the festive period. Meanwhile, autumnal fruits feature prominently in both savoury and sweet dishes. A pear, comté, bitter leaf, celery, quince and hazelnut salad is compelling in its interplay of sharp and crisp versus smooth and buttery flavours and textures, while for dessert, Lee has conjured up a lavish autumnal tumble of brown sugar meringue, poached pear, brown bread ice cream and custard. For those who seek constancy, QV’s almond tart is a reassuring presence, at present adorned with caramelised apples “and co” — a reference to Lee’s signature trinity of ice cream, double cream and custard. And as if that isn’t luxurious enough, Quo Vadis is celebrating the arrival of white truffles with a special four-course white truffle menu at £55 per head, plus the option to order white Alba truffles at cost price to shave over any dish on the menu.

26-29 Dean St
London W1D 3LL, UK

10. Hugo Harrison @ Trude’s

10 The Pavement, London SW4 0HY, UK

Baker, cook, food researcher at The Jamie Oliver Group Hugo Harrison has teamed up with Trude’s Grocery on Clapham Common to offer a pop-up pie shop on Sunday 21st November serving classic American pies using ingredients from the British Isles. There will be Monmouth Coffee, records from Detroit homage to Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie Detroit, and all proceeds will be going to local charity Ace of Clubs that provide food and support to homeless, vulnerable and otherwise marginalised people. The menu includes three wonderfully autumnal pies with impeccable provenance. There is a salted Bermondsey Honey pie, and on the savoury front, an apple, sage and Coolea cheese pie showcasing the Alpine-style cheese made in Cork, Ireland, for Neal’s Yard. Perhaps most spectacular of all is a sea buckthorn pie, celebrating the sherbet citrus-like sea berry foraged from the Kent coastline.

10 The Pavement
London SW4 0HY, UK

11. Polentina @ ApparelTASKER

1 Bowood house, Empson St, London E3 3LT, UK

Polentina is a small, glass-enclosed canteen inside sustainable clothing manufacturer Apparel Tasker, in Bow. Founded by Sophia Massarella, it started as an informal lockdown takeaway based around polenta dishes. When partner Zack Sartor moved his sustainable clothing manufacturer into a warehouse in Bow, it was formalised as a canteen to provide manufacturing staff with delicious food that showed appreciation to this typically undervalued workforce, and building local community. This November, a monthly wine night features Austrian producer Claus Preising, with a food menu based on the cooking of Austrian wine taverns. The star dish is semmelknödel — bread dumplings formed from loaves of homemade bread made with Wildfarmed flour, dried out and soaked in Estate Dairy milk. Towards the end of November, expect fave e cicoria: a thick stew of puréed fava beans and sautéed wild chicory with generous amounts of olive oil that represents one of the most classic examples of Puglian cucina povera. There are also seasonal crostatas served with whipped ricotta and pine nuts daily, currently sporting lightly cooked persimmons.

1 Bowood house, Empson St
London E3 3LT, UK

12. Lighthaus

11 Argall Ave, London E10 7QE, UK

This beautifully reimagined lighting factory takes on a particularly cosy quality in autumn as the sun streams in, hitting the blackboard menu in such a way as to seem to suggest what to order. The menu from former Rochelle Canteen and 40 Maltby Street chef Alex Vines is constantly evolving, with one weekend’s pumpkin fritters with Rollright cheese, cavolo nero and pickled girolles giving way to equally enticing buckwheat pancakes stuffed with delicata squash, rainbow chard and the same cheese. on this weekend’s menu. Vines’s time at 40 Maltby Street is most evident in two disciplines: frying, with the likes of partridge kiev or swede rarebit croquettes, and pastry. Treacle tart and Queen of Puddings have featured on recent menus, served unadorned in their most traditional form, while other desserts have received creative seasonal updates, like pumpkin custard tart; quince and almond trifle; and a sticky ginger loaf with apples cloaked in cider custard. One of the most exciting places to eat in London right now.

11 Argall Ave
London E10 7QE, UK

13. Burnt

163 Askew Rd, London W12 9AU, UK

Burnt Provisions is a sun-dappled new café on Hammersmith’s Askew Road from husband-and-wife duo Finlay Logan and Honor Powley. Baked goods are a strong point, with a thin stretched, rapturously rippled and wrinkled Pump Street chocolate, hazelnut and miso cookie winning a devoted following just weeks after opening. However it is the autumn specials that make Burnt Provisions a priority to visit this. There is a moist and fudgy pumpkin miso loaf cake that glows orange with the vibrant flesh of Sussex-grown pumpkins, topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting that cuts through the sweet-salty intensity of the cake with its cool creamy tang. Or, consider a darkly sticky pecan-pumpkin pie that melds two American favourites into one, as well as a house-made pumpkin spice latte with espresso from Climpson and Sons. It’s rare that a coffee and brunch spot operates this slickly just two months into opening — especially as hospitality heads into the busiest time of year — so this is definitely a spot to enjoy now and keep a watch on for the future.

163 Askew Rd
London W12 9AU, UK

14. Brunswick East

3D, STAMFORD WORKS, Gillett St, London N16 8JH, UK

Brunswick East is an Antidopean brunch spot and bakehouse founded by Australian sisters Shaunae and Natash, with a cafe in the heart of Dalston and a refreshingly inventive sourdough bakery within Hackney Downs studios. “The seasonal on toast” is a constantly evolving dish offered as a more sustainable and imaginative alternative to avocado on toast, which never features on the menu. This week’s special offers an umami eruption of wild mushrooms fried in cultured butter along with panch paron, an East Indian five spice blend; tarragon; and a poached Cacklebean egg. Equally enticing is a brazenly autumnal gnochetti dish, in which these thin ribbed tiny pasta shells made from semolina and water (not to be confused with potato-based gnocchi) are served with creamed spaghetti squash, toasted pumpkin seeds, roasted crown prince squash and crispy fried sage. And this week, pastry chef Chiara has come up with a pumpkin-pie inspired kouign amann, filled with a rich, cinnamon freckled pumpkin custard and topped with elegantly piped cream cheese frosting and candied pecans.

3D, STAMFORD WORKS, Gillett St
London N16 8JH, UK

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