Since opening at the far reaches of Didsbury Village, round the corner from the chippy, French boulangerie and pâtisserie La Chouquette has had people queuing down the street, picked up a prestigious business award and extended into the premises next door, so popular it’s become.
Nearby Bisous-Bisous never seemed to have quite the same effect and it was here (and in France and at celebrated chocolatier Slattery’s) that its owners, professional bakers Florent Verove and Mairead Deignan, honed their craft before setting up The Dough Boy wandering wood-fired pizza stall and running the tiny Cidsin Scottish cafe in the same Didsbury premises now housing the bigger bakery. La Chouquette (a small, hollow sweet choux pastry puff, since you’re asking) is an all-together more delicate affair, with a nose-pressing window display of viennoisserie (bread-like) and pâtisserie (not bread-like). Think traditional French pastries from croissants to pains au chocolat and gâteaux from elegant eclairs and millefeuilles and opéras to more cakey financiers and canelés and madeleines. There are also fruit tarts and fraisiers, meringues and brightly coloured macarons, seasonal specials and celebration cakes, and there are savouries such as classic quiche Lorraine in individual portions and freshly baked brioche and bread, not least the sourdough baguettes. Other bestsellers include posh sausage rolls (technically not a French delicacy, but hey) – the pork, sage and onion is a regular; the beef, roasted red pepper and chilli flakes is an occasional guest – made using meat from Didsbury butchers Little Pigs. Everything is handmade and baked on site using only the finest French ingredients and high-quality local produce.
Stockport-based Worker Bee supplies the tea and coffee, and there’s also a small amount of deli items for sale, including small batch jams and artisan crackers and biscuits. If it’s a Proustian moment you’re after, this might well be the place to find it.
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