Quince Bakery - Help us get open!

by Anna Higham in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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Quince Bakery is a new neighbourhood bakery in NE London from Anna Higham with Paris Barghchi. Help us open for summer 2023!

by Anna Higham in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

The extra funding will go towards getting our coffee set up as good as it can be with an espresso machine and coffee grinder. It will also help us get set up for our evening events with stools and tables. 


We are Anna Higham and Paris Barghchi and we’re opening Quince Bakery! 

I (Anna) am a baker, pastry chef and writer  who has worked in restaurants and bakeries for the last 15 years (Lyles, Flor, Gramercy Tavern, The River Cafe, Hamblin Bread). I get thoroughly over excited about fruit, flour, butter and all things delicious!

I (Paris) am committed to representing the incredible people and produce available in the food and beverage industries. With 18 years experience (The Clove Club, Neals Yard Dairy, The Oxford Wine Company, Tillingham, We Are Noble Ltd) in people management, food, wine, sales and more recently winemaking I am continuously fascinated by all things fermentation - something I love to share!

When and where and what

Quince Bakery will be on New North Road in Islington. We want to truly be a neighbourhood bakery. We want to know our customers and for them to know us!


We’re hoping to get open quickly. We would love to be open by early summer, in time for the first british strawberries!

We’ll be making great bread! Country loaves, wholegrain miche and rye breads! We’ll be filling a counter with all the delicious things! Brown butter buns, rice pudding tart, fruit-filled handpies and cookies. 





This is a business built on relationship not transaction. Quince Bakery will celebrate the connections we have made working closely with people who take joy in making delicious things with a respect for our environment. 

Our main source of flour will be from Landrace Milling in Somerset. We will be working towards building a system where we buy grain direct from low input and organic farms that is milled to order on Landrace's New American stone mill. As a London based business we want to promote the importance of small scale agriculture as a vital part of our countries economy and heritage. We want to go further than talking about a transparent system from field to loaf but rather celebrate these people and projects through being more than just business owners but committing to being educators and champions.

Our cheeses and dairy will come from our dear friends at Neals Yard Dairy (of course!!). Our summer fruits will all be picked at Maynards Fruit Farm (where else?!). Our wines will come from Under the Bonnet. Our beer from Futtle Organic in Fife. We will be selling products that we think are the most delicious examples of their kind. 


This bakery is only going to happen because of community and we’re determined to feed back into community as soon as we can.  I have spent the last year working and visiting bakeries across the country to see how you actually make it happen and open a bakery. All those bakeries have been so incredibly generous with their time, knowledge and friendship. I cannot wait to have a space to welcome them and other bakers. There have been so many points in this journey I’ve thought that it wouldn't happen and I’ve been so encouraged and supported to keep going, Paris and I both want to be that encouragement and support for others coming behind us.

Friends and ex colleagues are supporting us through this the whole way from advising on thickness of bread peels and shaping tables to offers to pick up a paintbrush to help with this Crowdfunding campaign. The communities and networks we are part of have helped us get here and will help get us over the line to opening. We want to be that community for others. We’re working out how to connect with local schools to talk to kids about hospitality as a career, to be a local business young people can come for work experience and as a route to understand how to create truly nourishing food. We’ll be connecting with local food projects to get our bread to people who are in need. 

Paris and I have been working in hospitality for years, we have worked in those harsh fine dinings spaces, we’ve worked in businesses that wanted to do better. We’ve seen so many businesses put off figuring out the people side of things until the kitchen is built or the menu is sorted. We want to build a business that is truly people forward from the start; from having our parental leave policy worked out from the beginning to building our menu so that production is achievable and pleasurable for our small team to our set periods of closure in the year. We want to build a business model that is sustainable for ourselves, the people we employ and the people we feed. 

We’ll be building community by hosting events and workshops. Inviting bakers and makers we love to share their passion through dinners, book events, wine tastings and so many fun events.


Your support will help us turn the space into a fully functioning bakery! It will pay for a new floor, paint and tiles on the walls, a huge shaping table, work benches and fridges and even the shelves to put our bread on. 

THANKS!!! We can't wait to welcome you into Quince!



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£150 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Neals Yard Dairy Tour

Spend 3rd June being shown around the maturation arches at Neals Yard Dairy in Bermondsey. Our dear cheesemonger pals will give you an insider look at how they select and mature their impeccable British farmhouse cheeses. You'll get to taste your way through the arches whilst learning about milk types, production methods and maturation.

£10 or more

a bun and a coffee

Let us say THANK YOU in person with a bun and coffee

£20 or more

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A Quince Tote bag

A sturdy cotton tote bag showcasing our beautiful logo by Andrea Zanzerl with plenty of space for a loaf a bottle of wine. These can be picked up at the bakery or posted anywhere in the world.

£20 or more

27 of 39 claimed


A bar of excellent Original Beans, a coffee and a baguette. What we would do is put a few squares of chocolate into the baguette and then dip it in our coffee...... but thats just us.

£30 or more

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A signed copy of The Last Bite

Get a signed copy of Anna's book, The Last Bite. It is a collection of 120 recipes that celebrate sweet things through the seasons, teaching you how to make desserts that are delicious from first to last bite. Collected or posted anywhere!

£60 or more

23 of 50 claimed

A Christmas pudding for 8 people

A supersized version of Anna's cult Christmas pudding. Filled with homemade Nocino, fruits that we have dried over the seasons, nuts from food and forest, our own breadcrumbs and of course plenty of quince. This is some delayed gratification, buy it now and thank yourself at Christmas! collection only

£100 or more

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A whole Rice Pudding Tart

A whole rice pudding tart that will feed 12-14 friends or eat it all yourself (no judgement from us!). Wholegrain pastry filled with a layer of seasonal fruit compote and topped with rice pudding and almonds before being baked to the perfect wobble. Collection only

£160 or more

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Maynards fruit prints by Miles Hardwick

A set of four photographic prints by Miles Hardwick. All shot on medium format film whilst fruit picking with Anna. The prints are on 7” square, Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm paper. https://www.milofilo.com/fruit-prints

£500 or more

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Spend the day picking summer fruits with Anna at Maynards Fruit Farm in East Sussex. We'll pack a delicious Quince picnic and drive you out to the farm to spend the day picking whatever is at its best that day. Strawberries or tayberries, maybe gooseberries or cherries or later in the summer plums, damsons and apples. Fill your punnets with fruits to take home and leave with plenty of tips on how to preserve your harvest.

£3,000 or more

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A pudding party for 20 people hosted at Quince Bakery. Anna will make all your favourite desserts, Paris will keep the wine flowing, we will have a very jolly time.

£20 or more

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£20 of bread credit

£20 to spend on bread in the bakery over our first year! Get a country loaf one week, half a miche the next or get to know the different rye breads we'll be making.

£40 or more

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Pump Street Chocolate Tasting

A luxury tasting through the Pump Street Chocolate 'Origins' and 'Unique Bakery Series' chocolate bars, lead by our dear friend Nathan Coyte - with a bonus 70g takeaway bar to enjoy at home. An evening of indulgence and interest - the perfect Easter gift for any chocoholic! This event will take place at Quince Bakery.

£50 or more

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A year in jam!

6 jars of Quince Bakery's jam, marmalade and preserves representing a full cycle through the seasons. The final selection will depend what fruit we pick over the summer but think clementine marmalade, rhubarb jam, tayberry jam, plum and fennel blossom jam, damson jelly and quince butter. Sent anywhere in the UK or collected from the bakery.

£50 or more

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An Evening of English wine with Paris

An evening to celebrate some of the most exciting producers in England after this years harvest! We will be pouring a selection of delicious wines that showcase the innovation and diversity the industry today. Presented by Paris this tasting will be fun, educational and an opportunity to ask all those questions you've been pondering over about English wines, why soil is so important and how to make the perfect pet nat!

£75 or more

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Allpress X Quince Subscription

6 whole months of Allpress Coffee and Quince Bakery bread. Get 250g of Allpress Coffee (blend and grind of your choice) delivered along with one of our country loaves to pick up from the bakery every fortnight. Enjoy the luxury of knowing your morning toast and coffee are looked after for the next 6 months!!

£75 or more

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In Conversation with Diana Henry

Join us to host a very special evening with one of our favourite food writers, Diana Henry. Diana will be in conversation with Anna, discussing their favourite cookbooks and the writers who have influenced them most. We will be cooking favourite recipes from those books for you to enjoy through the evening. It will be an intimate evening in the bakery before the re-issue of her beautiful book, Roast figs, Sugar Snow. Monday 4th September

£200 or more

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Quince, Quilts and Whisky w/ Public Library Quilts

An evening celebrating the community you find through quilts and good food and drink with Dr Jess Bailey aka @PublicLibraryQuilts. You'll learn how to make a basic quilting block whilst tasting some of Anna and Jess's favourite drams. We'll be leaning into the communal aspects of stitching and grain (in whisky and of course in all the delicious Quince treats we'll have for you).

£200 or more

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Quince x Happy Endings, Sunday Sundaes

All the joy! Join Anna and Terri Mercieca from Happy Endings to spend a Sunday learning how to make ice cream Sundaes! We'll make ice cream, cakes, caramels, cookies, compotes..... whatever you want to learn to make to construct your perfect sundae.

£1,500 or more

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Dinner for 6 at Quince Bakery

A dinner party hosted at Quince Bakery for you and 5 friends. We'll plan a menu together which Anna will cook and Paris will pick some super special bottles to crack open. We'll end the evening with all the homemade liquors we've made that summer.... nocino, damson gin, cherry whisky.

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