Food: Jolie brings Parisian chic to Saffron Walden
The new cake shop and cafe is inspired by the patisseries of Paris. Spoiler: c'est délicieux. . .
Step inside Jolie, the new cake shop and cafe in Saffron Walden, and you’re teleported to a Parisian patisserie: a countertop lined with exquisitely piped pastries, glass cloches filled with rainbows of macarons, the scent of hot chocolate and freshest coffee. . .
It’s a dream realised for Danielle Steed who, despite already having four children, two dogs, a cat, chickens and a full-time day job with Cambridge University Press & Assessment to keep her busy, says a milestone birthday prompted her to take the plunge.
“After turning 40 this year, I decided to realise one of my dreams - to own a Parisian-style coffee and cake house,” she says. Opening in August, Danielle describes Jolie as “beautiful and elegant but relaxed”, with jam jars filled with posies of ‘grown not flown’ flowers on show and sale alongside the food and drink.
Opening late every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, “enabling you to switch from the day to la nuit pretty comfortably”, the menu spans savoury sharing platters as well as sweet treats and wine and cocktails as well as hot drinks.
With daughter Leah “pretty much running the front of house from day to day” and her mum helping two days per week, it is, adds Danielle, “a real family affair - how lucky am I?”
Jolie flies the flag for local female entrepreneurs, with many of the shop’s bakes, which always include vegan and gluten-free cupcake options, coming from Walden-based, women-owned brands. “This was not part of our brand identity initially,” says Danielle, “but we have found such incredible women in the business community here, so we have become really passionate about supporting them!”
Available for private hire for bridal and baby showers, birthday and Christmas parties, Jolie also caters for outside afternoon tea events.
So, if you’ve not visited Jolie before, what should you order? “Our macarons have to be my most favoured must-try,” says Danielle. “We also serve a luxury French hot chocolate with - the Jolie twist - no marshmallow but cream and macarons on top. . .”
Jolie is at 9 Rose & Crown Walk, Saffron Walden CB10 1JH. To find out more and to book visit and follow @jolie.saffronwalden on Instagram
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