Luminary Bakery: Foodism 100 Winner 2019

Presenting this year’s winner of the Foodism 100 award for Best Social Enterprise project, which also just so happens to be Meghan Markle's favourite bakery. Read for a little on why they grabbed the top spot

Since 2014, the team at Luminary has been offering career advice, support and – above all – friendship, through courses, work experience and paid employment.

Who are they?

Meghan Markle’s favourite bakers, that’s who. Luminary Bakery is a non-profit social enterprise project run in Stoke Newington that aims to help some of the UK’s most disadvantaged women find work. How? By equipping those in need with the skills they need to distance themselves from poverty, violence and social disadvantage. They take on seven women for six months (rising to 28 in October, when a second location opens), equipping them with day-to-day career skills and entrepreneurial tools in doing so. To date, the team’s work has helped 66 women.

What’s on the menu?

Cakes with a cause. As Markle shared, these women are cooking “to heal and rebuild, as a means of therapy”, so there are baked goods aplenty. Tuck into everything from cakes slathered in buttercream to oven-warm sourdough loaves and oozing cheese toasties. Elsewhere, there’s coffee from New Ground roastery and celebration cakes available to order, plus their now-iconic cinnamon buns.

Where can I find them?

Head to Allen Road, Hackney for brunch, a catch up over lunch, or an afternoon sweet treat. Plus, there’s a new Luminary Bakery opening in Camden in October and a cookbook out next year.

71-73 Allen Rd, Stoke Newington, N16 8RY;