Macaron Boulangerie et Pâtisserie
22 The Pavement
London SW4 0HY
Macaron is a French boulangerie (bakery) and patisserie located close to Clapham Common tube station. The staff is “mostly” French. I thought they were all French so I spoke in French – to someone who was probably the sole member of the staff unable to speak French. My luck
The tea room is nicely decorated though in an unusual style with a painted ceilling (a blue pastel sky with some clouds) contrasting with the well used parquet floor and the wood panelled wall giving a kind of a rustic look. The well used parquet reminded me the one at Chez Lindsay. It is quite small inside with just a few tables at the left when you enter, the right side and the end being the counter displaying the sandwiches, baguettes, cakes, croissants, macarons etc. In the background behind the counter there is a small window through which you can see the kitchen.
Good tea, nice presentation
It is possible to sit out on the pavement and then you will be facing the common which can be nice when the road in between isn’t too busy. We were lucky to find a free table inside when we arrived.
They did have appetising-looking sandwiches and tarts but we went for the cakes and tea this afternoon. The cakes, nicely presented, were delicious, light and fresh. The only complaint we would have is they are a little on the sweet side but it is a very minor complaint. The tea, which was quite good, counter balanced the sweetness well.
Cost and conclusion: it was about £13. Nice atmosphere, good patisserie and tea… What else to ask beside better weather for August ;-) It would be nice to have more of these salons de thé/tea salons in London especially since this is a country supposedly known for tea. There are far more salons de thé in Paris and Brussels.