The brains behind the best Jammie Dodgers in London, Bee Berrie is a mama to daughter Josephine and ex-microbiologist who swapped the world of bacteria for baking five years ago.
Since then Bee’s Bakery hasbeen named one of the top five biscuit bakeries in London and Bee is known for her bold, eye-catching bespoke cookies and wedding cakes. Take a peek on her lip-smacking Instagram @beesbakery.
Bee recently became vegan, and her business has a new, plant-based focus, as Bee specialises in spectacular plant-based wedding cakes for some of the UK’s most exclusive venues, including Soho Farmhouse, the ICA and Two Temple Place. Bee has baked for clients including Selfridges, Daylesford, Harrods, ITV and the BBC, and has appeared on several TV shows baking. Bee is the author of two recipe books – Bee’s Brilliant Biscuits and Bee’s Adventures in Cake Decorating.
Between wedding cakes, florals and fondant icing, Bee takes five with her family to explore East London’s array of family-friendly eateries to search out plant-based breakies, virtuous vegan delights and dreams of dinner with fellow mamas Sophie Ellis Bextor, Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton…
1. I’d like a table for…
Two and a half – me, my boyfriend Dan and our 18m old daughter Josephine. Joey and I are vegan, and Dan is halfway there, so we try to choose somewhere with both options.
2. Early-birds catch the coffee at…
My local Forest Gate cafe, East London –Tromso, where the smell of the fresh vegan cinnamon buns baking spreads to the streets all around.
3. Best brunch with kids?
MOTHER, a fantastic plant-based cafe in Hackney Wick. There are deckchairs and oversized games on the grass outside which always keeps Joey entertained.
4. Children’s menu must-visits…
Anywhere with chips, and yes, she knows the difference between sweet potato fried and normal potatoes, gah!
5. Where do you grab a bite with mums en masse?
I eat with other parents at a lovely spot in Dalston, called Brunswick East – they do a great plant-based full breakfast, with this unbelievable potato bread by Dusty Knuckle bakery.
6. Hidden gem for treating tiny ones?
Joey loves a frothy cup of warm (plant-based) milk, so this, and a bite of my cake, and she’s happy.
7. Best piece of advice for dining out with kids?
Go early, and I mean 5.30pm early, especially if you’ve a boisterous, highchair-hater like we do who gets hangry by 5.45pm. Let her run riot / take her to the park outside whilst you’re waiting for the food to arrive, and bring play dough and kids telly on your phone.
8. Date night – takeaway or take me out?
I am desperate to try a new vegan restaurant in Dalston called Unity Diner – Joey still wakes in the night, so we tend to be home quite early, to cope with the debilitating effects of nearly 2 years of sleep deprivation!
9. My earliest food memory…
I grew up in North East Scotland, and i remember my Mum bringing me porridge in bed, something that I love doing for my daughter too.
10. Five mums, one table – who’s joining you?
Sophie Ellis Bextor, she’s about to become a mum of 5 and i have a serious crush on her. Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton from the podcast The High Low, those women increase my vocabulary and IQ with every listen. Serena Williams, and my best friend Dimple who lives in Asia and i don’t get to see anywhere near enough.