By Tiziana Murgo
The Dusty Knuckle Bakery is an award-winning sustainable business that was born in 2014 in a Hackney shipping container. Today this independent bakery is located in a far grander location, still hidden from the masses and off the beaten path.
If you find yourself just outside Dalston Junction Overground Station, you will be part of a very chaotic crowd as the crossing leads to the busy Ridley Road market and Dalston Kingsland Shopping Centre.
You should know, though, that there is a way to survive all this by just stepping off the main road, at the back of the Arcola Theatre, through a little hidden gate leading to a car park. And a car park is what it was before this exclusive business took over. It is a bit like stepping into Alice in Wonderland—you will find yourself in this very large and sunny community garden, with both indoor and outdoor spots. The seating area is huge, so a perfect location for kids and buggies. There is plenty of space for the children to explore while you relax without having to worry about making space for the waiter or your neighbour.
At 9 o’clock in the morning, it will probably be the smell that leads you here; the counter is filled with morning buns, sticky buns, cinnamon buns and more. The morning buns are my favorites—to die for!
Lunchtime is fresh bread of course, meat or veggie sandwiches, focaccia plus soups or salad. Go there early, as the stock is so yummy it goes fast. Also, they close at 3:30.
On Sundays, the Dusty Knuckle is now open for brunch from 9am to 4pm and the menu is also delicious.
Prices are very modest for bread and pastries (sandwiches are £5), not so much for coffee.
The company is not only on the ongoing mission to deliver great quality products but also to work as a social enterprise offering genuine employment to young people. In addition, they offer education classes in food and baking, which are delivered in schools, colleges and youth clubs.
Check out the Dusty Knuckle Bakery’s website for opening times and more info.