We’re currently seeing a flurry of openings around Chipping Barnet. Chic French deli Delage has just opened in New Barnet and the long awaited Carluccio’s in The Spires is set to open its doors to the public this week after intensive staff training and a buzzy looking soft opening with specially invited guests. I’ve only had a nose around inside, but it’s looking good and I’m pleased there’s enough space for the shop and small deli counter as we’re rather partial to their lemon oil.
However, on the High Street in a prime spot on the corner of Moxon Street boulangerie/patisserie Joie de Vie has opened with a lot less fanfare. They already have a popular branch in Ballards Lane, North Finchley, just by Tally Ho Corner, which is where most of the baking is done – and the baked goods are very good indeed.
The menu features an all day breakfast including eggs royale or Florentine, omelettes, scrambled eggs and French toast made with their home made brioche. There are also crêpes, savoury and sweet, a good range of salads, sandwiches, tartines (open sandwiches) and a soup or quiche of the day. However, you could keep it simple and just go for coffee and a croissant or treat yourself to some gorgeous patisserie. Drinks wise, there are freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and milkshakes and a decent selection of hot drinks, although no fresh mint tea which would be deliciously refreshing with their luxurious cakes. There is just the one toilet, but it includes a large baby changing area and the café has plenty of highchairs.
The staff are warm and welcoming and it’s been great to see how busy they’ve been during the first week of opening. What’s more Joie de Vie has created a stylish, yet classic shop front that sits beautifully on our historic high street. Other traders should take note.
96 High Street, Barnet EN5 5XQ