After months of careful planning – and busy preparations – we were thrilled to open the doors to our second parlour and café this weekend in the Midland Goods Shed, which is situated just off the popular Granary Square precinct.
Following four fantastic years in Tufnell Park, we decided it was time to spread our wings and found the ideal spot in King’s Cross – a short stroll from Regent’s Canal. Opening on Saturday 21 May at midday, we were overwhelmed by the support we received from local businesses, Tufnell Park regulars and passersby, who were excited to discover they could now find small-batch, handmade ices and sorbets being served close to their homes or places of work.
In the evening our opening party proved hugely popular – we had planned for it to run from 7-9pm, but instead the celebrations started at 5pm and continued until midnight! We were delighted so many people were able to pop by – friends, family and local business-people – we even had a few Waitrose and Dishoom staff members turn up at the end of their shift!
One of our ex-employees – Laura Lawrence – took care of the canapés. It’s always good to see an old colleague branch out on their own. In fact, Ruby Violet alumni and carpenter Esme Toler is the person behind our huge train station-inspired, walnut-surround Arrivals and Departures board, which features the flavours on offer each day, and Kiran (owner Julie’s partner) created the sparkling silver antique mirrors that appear in the centre of our walnut cupboards.
If you know our first North London shop in Tufnell Park, then you will know that we pay a lot of attention to detail, and like to source fittings and interior décor from all over the world. At King’s Cross, our large glass ceiling lights have been salvaged from an old cinema in the Indian city of Pune during a recent visit by Julie, while the aged Brooklyn tin tiles came from New York and were painted by another ex-employee, Max Master.
Then there’s the centrepiece – a huge slab of wood salvaged from the bottom of the Panama Canal with bespoke brass table ends made by Collier Webb in East Sussex in order to support its weight.
So what’s been tickling people’s taste buds so far? According to general manager Jason, the Alphonso Mango sorbet has proved the runaway hit, with the Salted Caramel with Almond Nut Brittle ice cream coming in second.
Julie comments: “I think King’s Cross is absolutely perfect for us. We are still rooted in the Camden area, but are looking forward to being in the centre of a buzzing scene – 13,000 people walk along the towpath at King’s Cross in a single day. There’s a massive amount of office workers and of course children love the fountains, it’s a destination and there is an energy to it that feels right.”
And with summer fast approaching (fingers crossed) we plan to make the most of our large, sun-soaked outside parlour, with planters created by sustainable local urban garden Skip Garden. Plus, we are very excited about our bicycle and trolley, which have been fitted with freezers and are now ready for local deliveries.
Do visit us in our new surrounds at Midland Goods Shed, 3 Wharf Road, London N1C 4BZ.