The Real Patisserie celebrate their 21st birthday this June.
Does anyone remember when it first opened? I do not recall the opening but I do remember the first time I walked into the store on Trafalgar street. I remember three things – the glorious colour of the tarts and cakes, the vibe in this lovely intimate space and the smell of freshly baked bread. It was super busy! I was with a friend and repeatedly asked other customers to go ahead of us because we could’nt decide what we wanted. Eventually we bought two tarts. I remember one was strawberry, one was pear and we shared them. Oh how we enjoyed every mouthful!!
Real Patisserie opened their first shop on Trafalgar Street in 1997 by Alastair Gourlay.
Two years later, a wholesale bakery was opened on London road in Brighton.
2005 a second shop was opened in Hove. Then in 2010 a third shop was opened in kemp town. For the first time in a Real Patisserie shop, bread, and patisserie, was being baked onsite in front of the customers.
2011 a forth shop opened in Shoreham. There is now a fifth shop in the Open Market in London Road.
Real Patisserie also won the Sammie Sandwich Awards in 2017 for best independent bakery sandwich shop in the UK! Amazing!!
I recently learnt they now offer bread baking classes. The classes show you how to how to knead and mould 5 types of bread including. wheat and rye sourdoughs as well as focaccia and baguettes. The bread is then baked using their stone-decked bread oven.
Classes take place in the Kemp Town shop, coffee and lunch is included. At the end of the class you get to take home your own freshly baked loaves. Sounds great right?
21 years in business, growing and still going strong! Brilliant!
So, here’s to the Real Patisserie, to their amazing success and their marvellous tarts!!
Find out more about The Real Patisserie shops and what they do right here https://www.realpatisserie.co.uk