Lockdown Bakehouse

The Lockdown Bakehouse logo, carved into the top of one of the tables.Lockdown Bakehouse, just around the corner from Wandsworth Town Station and Over Under, was a chance discovery that I made when visiting in August, prompting me to call in on my return to the area last weekend. A product of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lockdown Bakehouse is just that, a bakery, which opened not long after the start of the pandemic. Since then, Lockdown Bakehouse has expanded as it’s evolved to meet the growing challenges of the pandemic, adding a small café, the subject of today’s Coffee Spot.

As well as selling the various loaves, cakes and pastries produced fresh each day from the bakery in the building behind the café, Lockdown Bakehouse offers a range of pre-made sandwiches and savouries, including pies, quiches and sausage rolls. Best of all, from a Coffee Spot perspective, is the top-notch coffee from Bristol-based Clifton Coffee Roasters, where a simple espresso-based menu is backed up by retail bags from various London roasters. While you can’t sit inside the café itself, there’s a large, partially-covered, outside seating area, plus a couple of benches right outside the door. Just be aware that Lockdown Bakehouse only serves in disposable cups, so don’t forget to bring your own.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery (photos from my August visit).

  • Lockdown Bakehouse on Ferrier Street, Wandsworth, around the corner from the station.
  • You order here, at the little cafe extension on the left.
  • This is the view heading towards the station...
  • ... and here's the view coming the other way (from the station).
  • As well as the black bench on the right, there's this green one to the left of the door.
  • There's more outdoor seating to the right, with this strip of astro turf and its tables.
  • The view from the other side. Four of the tables are under the gazebo structure...
  • ... while the fifth is left to its own devices off to the right.
  • Don't worry about the 'coming soon', the pop up cafe is here!
  • Lockdown Bakehouse has bike parking between the cafe and the seating...
  • ... and it also grows its own tomatoes!
  • Let's go in and order.
  • Inside, to the left of the door, is a set of retail shelves, with the bread...
  • ...  on the left-hand wall. There wasn't much left when I got there, just some sourdough...
  • ... and focaccia.
  • Meanwhile, on the shelves next to the door, there's various produce...
  • ... and bags of coffee from Clifton Coffee Roasters and various London roasters.
  • Carrying on to the other side of the door, here's the savoury section, with ice cream below.
  • Finally, the counter is at the back.
  • The cakes are on the left. This is just a small selection of what's available.
  • Here's some more! The coffee, meanwhile, is on the right...
  • ... the Mythos One grinder reflected in the angles of the Eagle One espresso machine.
  • Taking my visits in reverse order, I had a flat white in my HuskeeCup on my most recent...
  • ... visit, which came with some lovely latte art. I paired that with...
  • ... a vegan sandwich on focaccia, which was hard to photograph well...
  • ... but very tasty!
  • On my first visit in August, I had another flat white, that time in my Global WAKEcup.
  • Here it is in detail...
  • ... and here it is in the centre of things.
  • The logo (which is carved into all the table tops) without my coffee in the way!
  • I'll leave you with the highlight of my first visit, this wonderful cinnamon bun.
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Lockdown Bakehouse is on Ferrier Street, which runs along the southern side of the railway tracks immediately to the west of Wandsworth Town Station. One of a row of industrial units on the north side of the street, the café occupies the right-hand half of a single-storey brick extension in front of the bakery. This contains the takeaway counter and espresso machine, with retail shelves for the bread (left), savouries (right) and coffee (front), while there’s an outdoor seating area to the right.

Starting outside, you’ll find four four-person tables on a patch of astro turf, sheltering under an open-sided gazebo with a rollaway roof. There’s a fifth table off to the right, which is open to the elements, while a pair of benches sit directly in front of the café, one either side of the door.

You need to go inside to order, entering via a pair of sliding glass doors in the middle of the front of the Lockdown Bakehouse café. This leads into a rectangular space with the counter at the back, running the full width of the café. You’ll find the cakes here on the left, with the till in middle and the coffee operation on the right. In an early sign that Lockdown Bakehouse is deadly serious about its coffee, there’s a top-of-the-range Victoria Arduino Eagle One espresso machine and a Mythos 1 grinder, with the concise, espresso-based menu on the wall behind.

However, there’s a lot more to Lockdown Bakehouse than just coffee and cakes. The left-hand wall contains a series of shelves, stacked with that day’s baking, including sourdough loaves, bloomers and focaccia. Meanwhile, on the right, are the savouries, with pre-made sandwiches, toasties, pies, quiches, sausage rolls and various others, both hot and cold (plus ice cream). Finally, to the left of the door, against the front window, are retail shelves with bags of coffee. As well as Clifton Coffee Roasters, various local roasters are represented, such as Curious Roo (across the Thames in Chiswick), Press Coffee & Co and Urban Baristas.

Lockdown Bakehouse is very much rooted in the local community, although it might be moving premises in the next year or two, since the whole of Ferrier Street is scheduled for demolition and redevelopment. Don’t worry, though: Lockdown Bakehouse won’t be disappearing and is looking for nearby premises, ideally where it can continue baking and offer an expanded café.

Back to the present, and I visited twice, once at the end of August and again at the start of October, both times sitting out in the sun to enjoy my coffee. Lockdown Bakehouse uses the Village Espresso blend from Clifton Coffee Roasters, which I had as a flat white on both my visits, once in my Global WAKEcup and the second time in my HuskeeCup. Both were excellent, milk and coffee in perfect harmony to produce a rich, creamy flat white.

On my return, I had a sweet chilli, carrot, guacamole and cauliflower focaccia sandwich, which was excellent, but the highlight was from my first visit when, spoilt for choice with the cakes, I played it safe with a classic cinnamon roll. This was superb, with a rich, chewy dough, which was sweet without being either sickly or too sticky, and with just enough cinnamon that it wasn’t overpowering. Perfection.

December 2021: Lockdown Bakehouse was a runner-up for the 2021 Best Cake Award.

Monday 07:00 – 15:00 Roaster Clifton Coffee (espresso only)
Tuesday 07:00 – 15:00 Seating Tables, Benches (outside)
Wednesday 07:00 – 15:00 Food Sandwiches, Savouries, Cake
Thursday 07:00 – 15:00 Service Counter
Friday 07:00 – 15:00 Payment Cards Only
Saturday 08:00 – 16:00 Wifi N/A
Sunday 08:00 – 16:00 Power N/A
Chain No Visits 23rd August, 3rd October 2021

If you enjoyed this Coffee Spot, then take a look at the rest of London’s speciality coffee scene with the Coffee Spot Guide to London.

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